By Reynold Feldman
An anthology of folks sayings and proverbs from worldwide, prepared in a hundred alphabetized different types for simple reference. This treasury of proverbial knowledge makes a terrific present booklet and a convenient reference for audio system and writers.
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The evil transferred is sin in Leviticus, instead of the more concrète dangers of battle or plague in the other instances. This is a major step of internalization of religion, ‘from shame culture to guilt culture,’5 but it still makes use of an external, ritual pattern which is much more general, and older. 7 The weirdest details are known from sixth-century Colophon through the invectives of Hipponax of Colophon. Other evidence cornes from Abdera as well as from classical Athens. At Colophon, an especially répulsive person was chosen as p h arm a k ôs.
At the same time, as abandoning turns into conscious giving, man’s anxiety about the future is both aroused and pacified. There is always reason for frightening anticipations, there is no guarantee for the outcome of the next hunt, or of the crops growing in the fields. ’ And once established, it will seem most perilous to violate or even test the cycle of mu tuai exchange. On the contrary, language w ill spell out the contract of do ut des, or rather quod dedisti, do ut des. 14 More advanced morality has been trying to overcome or sublimate the unabashed selfishness of this act of piety, without too much success.
Thus the ob servations about prívate idiosyncrasies tell us something about the dynamics of ritual, and possibly about the ‘etymology’ of single traits, but do not invalídate the basic définition. This draws attention, however, to the fact that anxiety is involved in many human rituals, and one might be tempted to make this the définition of religious ritual. ” 14 Any omission or alteration of religious rimai is liable to provoke grievous anxiety. At the same time many religious rituals seem intentionally, and artificially, to produce the at mosphère of awe,15 using ail the registers of darkness, fire, blood, and death.