Untying the Knot : On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

Untying the Knot : On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes

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This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hasan-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and religion and literature scholars consider riddling practices in Hebrew, Finnish, Indian languages, Chinese, and classical Greek. The authors seek to understand the peculiar expressive power of the riddle, and the cultural logic of its particular uses; they scrutinize the riddle's logical structure and linguistic strategies, as well as its affinity to neighboring genres such as enigmas, puzzles, oracular prophecy, proverbs, and dreams. In this way, they begin to answer how riddles relate to the conceptual structures of a particular culture, and how they come to represent a culture's cosmology or cognitive map of the world. More importantly, these essays reveal the human need for symbolic ordering--riddles being one such form of cultural ritual.Now, although Andrew Stewarta#39;s calling the enigmatic questions aquot;riddlesaquot; opens the way for us to examine what relation ... a very promising one: if the miller can guess the answers to the questions the king will pose to him, he can keep his mill .


Title:Untying the Knot : On Riddles and Other Enigmatic Modes
Author: Galit Hasan-Rokem Professor of Folklore, David Shulman Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion both of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1996-10-31
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