Posted by Littlefox on August 28, 2002 at 13:54:06:
done a couple of decades ago. Some anthropologists were visiting an
isolated village in New Guinea that had developed along many
parallels to a now extinct ancient culture whose name eludes me at
the moment. Among other conclusions drawn about this culture from
the remnants was a certain ritual of bowing and perhaps kissing the
doorstep as one enters and leaves a dwelling, perhaps blessing the
house or asking for a blessing. Most of this was based upon a
reinforced doorway and a hollowed out place just inside the doorway
that was big enough for a human to have gotten down on their knees
and it was apparently well worn by constant use.
When they arrived in this village, they learned a great deal that
supported their theories about how the ancient people might have
lived and upon entering a dwelling the anthropologists were
astounded. The same hollowed out space in the floor by the door!
They would finally know the actual ritual that might have been passed
down from this ancient thought to be extinct culture! They may have
found the missing link! They may have just proven conclusively the
migration of this ancient people and their ritualistic ways...
Excitedly the Anthropologists got their translator over to talk to
the people and ask about the ritual and the people just blinked and
looked confused. The ritual they communicated again.... the one by
the door... another blink in confusion. But the hole in the floor,
pack down dirt, it's in every house, there has to be some
significance! The villagers suddenly laughed. When the merriment
died down the translator, in tears of laughter answered this all
important question. "Oh That.... that's where the chickens come in
from the rain to take a dust bath."
Kinda reminds me of this discussion in that from an origin country,
all this fuss about a chicken's dust bath seems positively ludicrous,
but from an anthropological point of view it was the missing link
that had suddenly been explained and hundreds of years of debate put
to rest. Okay, it was rather silly but it just goes to show that both
sides have their own point of view ;)
Or maybe it goes to show that this little fox needs to go back to bed
since I'm rambling....
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