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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
by Alan Dundes

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

 

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

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Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend of ours has a hobby doing genealogy,
and we found out that we were cousins in the ninth degree,
that we had a common ancestor on the Mayflower.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir.
He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past.
- Francis Herbert Hedge

We observe closely related species in sympatry and
infer how they evolved from a common ancestor.
- Peter R. Grant

I've run the marathon several times,
so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!
- George Takei

The first American ancestor of our name was a younger
son of these old Devonshire people,
and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
- John Sergeant Wise

We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will
shed light on the connection between this upright,
walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
- Richard Leakey

Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor.
- John McCarthy

For over two billion years, through the apparent fancy
of her endless differentiations and metamorphosis the Cell,
as regards its basic physiological mechanisms,
has remained one and the same.
It is life itself, and our true and distant ancestor.
- Albert Claude

I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer,
the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in,
the birth of the binary world where there is no option
other than yes or no and where there is no refuge.
- William Gaddis

When I realized, in 1978, that Lucy did represent a
new species of human ancestor,
and that I had an opportunity to name this new species,
I realized this was a revolutionary step in understanding human origins.
- Donald Johanson

And, you know, the fact is, if you believe in evolution,
we all have a common ancestor, and we all have a common
ancestry with the plant in the lobby.
This is what evolution tells us.
And, it's true.
It's kind of unbelievable.
- Jeff Hawkins

But it really wasn't until three to four years later,
when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations,
and comparisons with other fossil discoveries,
that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.
- Donald Johanson

When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

I seek a deeper truth, but I don't think I have to
go to a building designated for worship to find it.
- Ted Lange

Anyone who can worship a trinity
and insist that his religion is a monotheism
can believe anything.
- Robert A Heinlein

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

The instinct to worship is hardly less strong than the instinct to eat.
- Dorothy Thompson

There is nothing which any way pertaineth to the worship
of God left to the determination of human laws.
- George Gillespie

The lover is a monotheist who knows that other people
worship different gods but cannot himself imagine that
there could be other gods.
- Theodor Reik

Since the turn of the 20th century, members of the
Jewish community in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest
Virginia have been meeting together to celebrate and worship.
- William L. Jenkins

The earlier practice of the Church had been more or
less to employ in worship under the presidency of the pastor or pastors,
the gifts of the congregation.
- Robert Rainy

I hope and trust the infinite, the eternal,
and merciful and loving God.
I worship Him and feel no guilt in my heart before
him for what I am going to do.
- Alex Campbell

Dog - a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed
to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.
- Ambrose Bierce

These critics with the illusions they've created about artists -
it's like idol worship.
They only like people when they're on their way up...
I cannot be on the way up again.
- John Lennon

Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

In this part of the world, only Maine gives winter
the welcome and the worship it should have.
- Tom Allen

If we do not need to worship God six days in the week
why do we need to worship him on the seventh?
- Lemuel K. Washburn

I've explored the worship side, the pop side,
and the film scoring side of me.
- Michael W. Smith

But some one will say that this supreme Being,
who made all things, and those also who conferred on men particular benefits,
are entitled to their respective worship.
- Lactantius

We need worship for our spirit, fellowship for our
soul and committed subservience for our body.
- Larry Norman

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
- Emile M. Cioran

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin,
barefoot irreverence to their studies;
they are not here to worship what is known,
but to question it.
- Jacob Bronowski

I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked
in a better neighborhood.
- Billy Wilder

A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be
continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems
to me a god of relatively low order,
hardly worthy of any worship.
- Martin Gardner

Let's face it; God has a big ego problem.
Why do we always have to worship him?
- Bill Maher

What is going on in America is extreme.
The youth cult, they worship youth so much it's almost paranoid.
And LA is the Mecca of it all; they're taking it to the hilt.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

This is so American, man: either make something your
God and cosmos and then worship it,
or else kill it.
- David Foster Wallace

Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant
and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

I choose to worship not believing in God and government
should not thrust a religious idea down my throat.
- Michael Newdow

A service of worship is primarily a service to God.
When we realize this and act upon it,
we make it a service to men.
- Ralph W. Sockman

In the mean time I worship God, laying every wrong
action under an interdict which I endeavour to respect,
and I loathe the wicked without doing them any injury.
- Giacomo Casanova

Wonder is the basis of worship.
- Thomas Carlyle

In terms of worship, I think we ought to have the right people leading.
- Michael W. Smith

There must be freedom for all to live,
to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.
- James Larkin

The self is just not a worthy enough vehicle to worship.
- Peter Coyote


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