labeled: "Rooted in scholarly attempts to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were believed to be God's writing in natural images rather than a phonetic language, it presumed on the one hand that the thing pictured really was the thing meant: being was meaning: 'The hieroglyphs, therefore, as the replicas of divine ideas!' Such a language of images implied there was nothing arbitary in the connection between sign and referent. Natural images promised to disclose the universal language through which God communicated the meaning of His creations to human beings." S. Buck-Morss, The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project. Cambridge, MA., 1989.

science gets: D. Hollier, "The Use-value of the Impossible." In, C.B. Gill, Editor, Bataille: Writing the Sacred. London, 1995. "The site watchman at Baghor I informed us that when he decided to set up a shrine to the goddess, he went to the top of the Kaimur Escarpment where these particular stones are found and searched until he discovered the 'right' stones for his shrine. His decision was determined by the shape of the stones and the various colours of the laminations, but he could not be specific as to the precise shape or colours that were required. According to him and all the other local people who examined the archaeological stone, this too was the 'right' stone to represent the goddess. In fact, one indignant observer asked why we had broken this stone which was holy! When we had explained that the stone had been buried for thousands of years and that we had only just recovered it, he immediately paid his respects to the goddess by touching his forehead to the ground in front of the platform." J.M. Kenoyer, et al., "An Upper Palaeolithic Shrine in India?" Antiquity. July 1983.

farms and ranches: The Associated Press. 13 September 1994. "Animal remains are much more frequently found as deposits in wells (than are human remains), however-sometimes skulls alone, sometimes other parts of the body, and sometimes whole skeletons. In such cases it may be impossible to distinguish ritual deposits from domestic rubbish, which may include the bodies of inedible animals, animals that have died from natural causes, or inedible parts of animals that have been eaten." R. Merrifield, The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic. London, 1987. p.46.

curl: "Life just lives on life. And it's the one life in all of these different heads of mouths eating itself. It's a fantastic mystery. That's what's symbolized in the snake biting its own tail, the snake of life consuming itself. That's what it means." J. Campbell. The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell On His Life and Work. Novato, CA., 2003. p. 12.