Re: virus: How Does a Shaman Pay?

Brett Lane Robertson (
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 16:58:02 -0500



At 01:42 PM 8/11/97 -0700, you wrote:
>On Mon, 11 Aug 1997, Brett Lane Robertson wrote:
>> I was reading a book called "People of the Plains", a prehistorical fiction
>> novel like the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series. In this particular book,
>> there was a shaman who said the reverse of what he meant. The people of the
>> book were very literal minded and the act of saying the opposite of what was
>> obvious to them made this "clown" a VERY mysterious person. At one point
>> he screamed and said that everyone should run because they were in great
>> danger...he meant that everyone should sit down and enjoy themselves since
>> they were in a place of peace. I can imagine what type of effect this type
>> of behavior would have on a group!
>I recently got around to renting and viewing _Little Big Man_, which had
>been highly recommended to me years before. It stars Dustin Hoffman as a
>white boy who is adopted by an Indian tribe and spends the rest of his
>highly interesting life not fitting properly into either world. Great
>movie; dramatic, funny, poignant, all that good stuff. Anyway, the reason
>I bring it up is that it has a couple exceptional shamanic-type characters
>in it (other than Dustin's, who is exceptional even as exceptions go),
>including one of the reversal type you describe. You'd probably find it

Rabble Sonnet Retort
Dentist, n.:
A Prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls
coins out of one's pockets.

Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"