Monday, March 22, 2010

An interesting metaphor

Did you know that in Sanskrit literature fake ascetics are often compared to herons?

This is because herons are white in color so *look* deceptively innocent and pure but in fact eat fish. The whole fish thing manages to mar their purity. (Going back to the fact that ascetics are vegetarians)

Fascinating. Which I suppose leads to an entire discussion on the use of metaphor in dance, but I'll save that for another day.

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