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By Norman Lewis

A attention-grabbing portrait of the eclectic tribes of India and the distant areas that they inhabit

In the Nineties, the fifty-four million individuals of India’s tribal colonies accounted for seven percentage of the country’s overall population—yet little or no approximately them was once recorded. Norman Lewis depicts India’s jungles as being endangered through “progress,” and his experience of urgency in recording what he can concerning the country’s detailed tribes leads to a compelling and interesting narrative. From the poetic Muria humans whose nutrition contains monkeys, crimson ants, and crocodiles, to the tranquil mountain tribes who might be with regards to the Australian Aborigines, to the bare Mundas those who may perhaps shoot, with bow and arrow, a person who laughs of their course, Lewis chronicles the original features of the numerous tribes that locate their lifestyle more and more threatened via the encroachment of modernity.

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Introduction 15 types who are unlikely to benefit from its exposition: spiritual infants and carnal adults. Of the first he says that ‘just as in childhood we are not affected by the passion of love, so also to those who are at the stage of infancy and childhood in their interior life . . it is not given to grasp the meaning of these sayings’; and of the second he fears that for ‘any man who lives only after the flesh . . the reading of this Scripture will be the occasion of no small hazard and danger.

But it does justify his attack which, whatever the inconsistencies in it,56 makes clear that men57 were entering the Religious Life for reasons quite other than the call of God. And when it is presumed possible to live a life vowed to God without the prior call, such a life will be barren and bear no fruit. But the negative consequence of Luther’s compelling tract was not that it emptied the monasteries but that it generated a cast of mind which rejects the possibility of a call to the creature to respond to the realm of divine eros––the realm of the Song of Songs.

Flint, and E. Ulrich 1999: 612. 21 See the next section, ‘The question of canonicity’, on this problematic category. 22 2003: 34. : Alexander 83 n. 50. The first figure, 83, stands for the page number and the second figure, 50, stands for the note number of Alexander’s commentary on the Targum. Introduction 9 Famous indeed it is, quoted by every commentator on the Song, and invariably followed by an astonishing disregard of its content. Here it is: ‘Heaven forbid! (lit. ) No one from Israel has ever disputed concerning the Song of Songs that it does not render the hands unclean, since the whole world is not worthy of the day that the Song of Songs was given to Israel.

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