Even though the Otherworld in typical fairy tales is not located at one specific point, but can be found at various places overlapping the ordinary world, the fact than one has to access it through a limen
suggests that there is some sort of separation between the two, and the limen
serves as a hallmark signifying the transition between the two.
The following extended description of liminality has been developed by the Limen
group of researchers in Madrid:
It is no less instructive to consider an entry in Kidd's Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary (Kidd, 1960:192) where the noun limen
is defined as "threshold, lintel; doorway, entrance; house, home; (fig.
ventum erat ad limen
, cum virgo, "poscere fata / tempus" ait: "deus, ecce, deus
to Border: A Meditation on the legacy of Victor Turner for American Cultural Studies.
Fugit nostro de gramine pastor seque suumque gregem procul abdidit; atria custos formidatus habet; plebs importuna procaxque hactenus obsessum metuit contingere limen
Sometime after the University of Chicago had ended excavations in 1982, it was discovered that Quseir al-Qadim was probably not the minor port of Leucos Limen
after all, but the important site of Myos Hormos.
The three phases are (1) separation, (2) limen
(Latin for threshold) or margin, and (3) reaggregation.
A preparation for 'the swerve' (as Heaney himself would style it) (8) away from representing the divide as deadlock and towards the notion of limen
and release was rehearsed in some poems in his 1987 The Haw Lantern, in particular the civic allegories that punctuate the volume--poems about experiencing the space of 'the Republic of Conscience', 'the Land of the Unspoken', or (rather more centrally to my theme) 'the Frontier of Writing'.
Six third place winners each received $300: Ashish Garg, Philadelphia University; Dahlia Haynes, Clemson University; Shawn Hutchinson, North Carolina State University; Skander Limen
, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Anne Sandstrom, University of California Davis; and Kuitian Tan, Cornell University.
in Latin means "threshold" and the liminal stage (the between stage, for example, the period of transition between childhood and adulthood) is that gap between clearly defined life stages where one's status becomes ambiguous.
One enters into ritual time and ritual space by passing over a limen
, a threshold, such as one finds at a doorway.