By Hugh Nibley
One very important key to knowing smooth civilization is a familiarity with its old history. Many smooth rules and practices — social, political, or even financial — have cleared parallels and antiquity. A cautious learn of those forerunners of our traditions, particularity as they contributed to the downfall of prior civilizations, can assist us keep away from many of the error of our predecessors.
The old State, by way of Hugh Nibley, is a thought-provoking exam of features of historic tradition, from using marked arrows to the unusually common notion of kinship, from argument from a number of faculties of philosophy to the increase of rhetoric. writer Hugh Nibley brings his traditional meticulous study and scholarship to undergo during this enlightening number of essays and lectures.
It has been stated that in simple terms via studying the teachings of background will we wish to prevent repeating them. For pupil and amateur alike, The historical State is a precious resource of such learning.
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42 But like the summons-arrow, it is most frequently met in altered but unmistakable form among nations that had long given up the hunter’s way of life. 43 In the Qur’anic version of the same story,44 it is not simply a staff, however, but an arrow that every man must present, and this conforms not only with the primitive Bedouin usage, but also with the original Jewish custom. ”45 Now the purpose of these rods, Gaster has pointed out, was to determine allotments of brides, and the allotment was performed by throwing rods into the air and reading their message by the manner of their fall; this, Gaster observes,46 is “tantamount” to the shooting of arrows.
Moritz Hoernes, Natur-und Urgeschichte des Menschen, 2 vols. (Vienna: Hastlben, 1909), 2:392-96; Thorkild Jacobsen, “Primitive Democracy in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 2 (1943): 159-72; Carl H. Bishop, “The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asia,” Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution (1940): 431, 433-45. ^2. Robert F. Heizer, “Aconite Poison Whaling in Asia and America: An Aleutian Transfer to the New World,” Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 24 (1943): 421, 429-36, 440, 446; Aleš Hrdlička, The Aleutian and Commander Islands (Philadelphia: Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1945), 130, 132; Theodor W.
National Museum under the Direction of the Smithsonian Institution (1896): 881. ^7. Hanns Bächtold-Stäubli, Handwörterbuch des deutschen Aberglaubens, 10 vols. 1-5; Stewart Culin, “Games of the North American Indians,” Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology 24 (1902-1903): 36-43. ^8. On demon-arrows, see Ignaz Goldziher, Abhandlungen zur arabischen Philologie, 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 1896), 1:29-33, 87-89, 116-17; Bächtold-Stäubli, Handwörterbuch des deutschen Aberglaubens, 6:1597; Jacob Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, ed.