The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

Author:David Abram [Abram, David]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-307-83055-5
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: 2012-11-06T16:00:00+00:00

The moral efficacy of the landscape—this power of the land to ensure mindful and respectful behavior in the community—is mediated by a whole class of stories that are regularly recounted within the village. These narratives tell of persons who underwent misfortune as a consequence of violating Apache standards for right behavior; they tell of individuals who, as a result of acting impulsively or in open defiance of Apache custom, suffered humiliation, illness, or death. Unlike the long cosmological myths told only by medicine persons, and unlike the sagas of the contemporary world told primarily for entertainment, these tales—called ′agodzaahi (literally, “that which has happened”)—are typically very brief; they can usually be told in less than five minutes. More significantly, ′agodzaahi tales always begin and end with a statement that indicates, with a place-name, exactly where the events in the story actually occurred. Here is an example of such a story:



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