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Learning Native WisdomWhat Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainibility, and Spirtuality$
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Gary Holthaus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124872

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.001.0001

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The Power and Pragmatism of Language

The Power and Pragmatism of Language

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(p.152) (p.153) The Power and Pragmatism of Language
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Learning Native Wisdom
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Gary Holthaus

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.003.0012

As pointed out by Confucius in around 490 B.C., the rectification of names is important, since the world without this becomes unreal—government policies will not be realistic and various efforts at complying with these policies would not result in substantial conclusions. Also, it is suggested that music and ritual, which are greatly valued by indigenous peoples, are required for maintaining harmony and balance within society and within oneself as well. The significance of language becomes evident, as the notion that spirituality is associated with the notion of a right name is considered as everything, particularly for Christians, begins with the word or logos. This chapter illustrates the power of the word across several different traditions and how this may be related to the power to name things.

Keywords:   rectification, names, policies, word, logos, ritual, harmony, balance, power

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