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In this way, defilement reemerges as the ultimate common denominator of all three episodes of Cleanness and the precise nature of the uncleanness that the Maker hates with a fiery zeal whose extent, as the poem reiterates, no human mind could ever fathom.
1-10)--or who has been influenced by the emphasis on cleanness and uncleanness in the Mosaic holiness code and its equivalent in Islam--would no doubt judge a scene "profane" in which a blind woman urinates publicly, a leper drags himself along the street by the stumps that remain of his hands, a madman in a ragged loincloth sets a local dog to barking, and "cows donkeys dogs camels elephants" mingle indiscriminately with "marriage processions drummers tourists lepers and bathing devotees" (5).
And it is not for a soul to believe except by Allah's permission; and He casts uncleanness on those who will not understand.
When someone wrote to ask about a lesbian subtext in the story "A Temple of the Holy Ghost," she wrote back: "as for lesbianism I regard that as any other form of uncleanness.
If I'm in the pit working, at the first blast of the Trumpet my tools will drop out of my hands and I shall be taken up right through the earth from the very spot; as white as a lily, with all uncleanness washed away.
Cranmer's chaplain, Thomas Becon, is thought to be the author of the eleventh homily, "Against Whoredom and Uncleanness," while Cranmer's inclusiveness is reflected in the fact that he invited a later opponent, Bishop Edmund Bonner, and his chaplain, John Harpsfield, to contribute "Of Christian Love and Charity" and "Of the Misery of all Mankind," respectively.
No man shall send to the altar any burnt-offering, or cereal offering, or incense, or wood, by the hand of one smitten with any uncleanness, permitting him thus to defile the altar.
Social anthropologist Mary Douglas (1966) notes that the criterion of uncleanness or dirt has historically been used to classify people as advanced or primitive, a practice that presumably would relegate those deemed "dirty" to undesirable social spaces.
The fact that a sacrifice would have been required under Jewish religious law indicated that childbirth was regarded as a strong form of ritual uncleanness and of potential defilement.
Take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness.
As a holy thing--not unlike the vessels used in religious rituals--humanity had to be preserved from uncleanness, which was understood to come from outside acts or interventions.
5) Douglas observes that the presence of dirt presupposes a system: "[I]f uncleanness is matter out of place, we must approach it through order.
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