is a metaphor: R. Waldrop, Lavish Absence:
Recalling and Reading Edmund Jabés. Middletown, CT., 2002.
mystics do not know anything about loneliness in God. They are
blissfully ignorant of the tragedy which begins in God's proximity,
the consciousness of insanity which torments those prostrate at
his feet. Saints and mystics alike end in triumph when they penetrate
divinity with erotic abandon. But their triumph proves nothing.
We who pass through Divinity leave them behind, ignorant of the
road which leads away from God. They have never asked themselves
the question, 'What begins after God?' and for that I cannot forgive
them." E.M. Cioran, Tears and Saints. Chicago,
is reported that the walls of every native-built house in Jerusalem
are decorated by prints of the hand, in order to avert the evil eye.
A similar custom is practiced by the Moors generally, and especially
the Arabs of Kairwan, who apply red hand prints to the lintels and
supports of buildings as talismans to drive away evil. There is a
record, from Tunis, of *a Jewish practice of placing the imprint
of a bleeding hand upon the walls of each floor of a building. Among
the Garos, of Assam, white hand marks form a part of the rice-harvest
ceremony. Hand prints are found on the Kei Islands. Similar negative
prints of hands are reported from Melville Island as well as pipe-clay
drawings on bark (eucalyp[tus) within native huts." V.J.
Smith, The Human Hand in Primitive Art. Austin, TX., 1925.
large creature: "The size of the sasquatch is perhaps
its most remarkable feature. By my calculations, the adult males
typically stand 7 feet 8 inches tall (2,34m) and weigh about 800
pounds (365kg). Female are somewhat smaller, standing 6 feet 6
inches tall (2m) and weighting only 500 pounds (225kg). With both
sexes, their walking heights are reduced by at least 8% from the
above figures because of their posture. These figures also represent
something of a consensus of estimates by many observers under good
circumstances, but usually with a correction for weights that are
based on height and body build." G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot
Sasquatch Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. pp.145-46.
something: G. Tsukiyama, The Samurai's Garden.
New York, 1994. p.185. "When
the writer Peter Matthiessen was traveling in Nepal in the autumn
of 1973, searching for the snow leopard, after he had trekked for
months over some of the highest and most difficult terrain on the
planet, he began to have mixed feelings about finding one. For
some people, he realized, it was a remarkable experience to see
a rare animal, such as a great cat, in its wild environment. For
others it was wonderful not to see it. Some of us admire the skill
of the creature in traveling unseen and living among human residents
undetected." G. Thorp, Caught in Fading Light.
New York, 2002. p.13.
my self: "Individuation or self-awareness is not a
linear process or 'progress.' It is a dance around a center, which
one approaches and from which one can withdraw." A.Guggenbühl-Craig, The
Old Fool and the Corruption of Myth. Dallas, TX., 1991. p.92
moth: It is an age old folktale in the USA that local
winter weather may be predicted by observing the width of the color
band on some caterpillars. These caterpillars are black at both
ends, with a reddish-brown band in the middle. In 1608 Edward Topsell,
a naturalist, called them "Palmer" worms - so named after
the "palmer", or wandering monk - because of their roving
habits and ruggedness (they are seen so late in fall). He also
mentioned, they were known as "beare worms." They have
further been compared to bears in that they hibernate and have
a similar walking gate. They have a dark hairy appearance, and
curl up into a ball when touched. Today they are commonly referred
to as "woolly bears". "Woolly bears" are caterpillars
of moths and there are over 2,000 species of them. As cold weather
approaches the "woolly bears" hibernate, they are one
of the few species of caterpillars known to do this. D.K. Dunn, "Minibeast Folklore." http://members.aol.com/YESedu/folklore.html.