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Mitew, T. "Comparative hierophany at three object scales." 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder. London: Open Humanities Press CIC, 2019, 61-80. http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/one-hundred-atmospheres/

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100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder


There was once a village, and close by it there was a waterfall. Villagers believed that under the waterfall there lived a stone golem. This golem was thought to be largely good-natured, as it wouldn't mind people bathing in the pool downstream. Old people remembered that once the golem saved a drowning child by putting a rock under its feet. Many years passed, and the Bureau of Tourism and Recreation briefly considered using this story in its advertising materials for the region. Senior management rejected the idea, as it was thought to contain folklore elements that may be confusing to a global audience.