Sunday, 26 June 2016
Cultural Memory Procedures III
Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 18
Jan Assmann's third cultural memory formation technique from Deuteronomy 6 & 11 is about visible signs.
Making visible through body-marking, through signs on the brow: "And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand and they shall be for frontlets between your eys" (i.e., tephilin, 6:8; cf. 11:18). Furthermore, a making visible through a "limiting symbolism" - inscriptions on the doorpost (mezuzot - as a way of marking the boundary of what is one's own): "And you shall write them upon the door posts of your house and upon your gates" (6:9; see also 11:21).