Thursday, March 27, 2008

religion in ancient Etruria (Borges)

The religion of the Etruscans, so we are told, derived from a revelation. A peasant was ploughing his field close to the great Etruscan city of Tarquinii, when his ploughshare turned up a child in the furrow. The child, though youthful in appearance, promptly started to dictate the sacred books that lay at the heart of the Etruscan religion. The twelve peoples of Etruria [...] all attended to hear the revelation. By the end of the same day, the dictation was completed and with it the mission of the child, who was called Tages and grew old and died within the same day.

J.A. North, "Lost words", TLS March 9 2007, p. 24



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