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Monday, 29 August 2016
The Cultural Text

Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 110

Next, Assmann describes how text and action are not exclusive, secret and ritualistic.

None of that has any force with cultural texts, or not to anywhere the same extent. If they were secret, how could they exercise their normative and formative power and authority on behalf of society as a whole.It is true that in cultures based on memory the need to store and present them is usually reserved for a dew specialists, but that is connected with the rarity of the memory capacity needed to transmit them, not with the need to keep them secret.

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