Arlene A. Elder


In the most important myths and songs, the choice and the arrangement of words were ... circumscribed: the rules were always more strict and less flexible in regard to the most sacred dimension of living. especially in anything to do with the secret-sacred . ... there were unspoken assumptions that children learned to recognise, and to share. Because these are not necessarily spelt out, they can be stumbling blocks for outsiders who try to read meanings into stories without consulting the people who tell them.1



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