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Oct. 23rd, 2005 | 09:38 pm
posted by: maybemonday in casual_order

Anything that can be proven cannot last. We laugh at the “science” of yesterday, the Ptolemaic spheres of the universe, the balancing of choler and phlegm in the human body, the reading of a person’s character by the shape of his skull. Even a hypothesis conclusively proven true soon loses its relevance: does anybody care that the earth really IS round instead of flat? Facts falter, only ideas survive.
The Ramayana is not a fact but an idea. That is why is will continue to dominate India in a way no objectively verifiable chronicle ever could. It is beyond corroboration. It can never be confirmed, so it can never be denied.
(Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, Jonah Blank)

Applied in this context to the Ramayana, but has interesting implications toward Christian scripture as well....particularly if you look at it in the light of Lewis's "true myth" concept of Christianity.

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