Saturday, March 29, 2008

Caveman Gestures

Last night Man against Wild was on...didn't mention it! was just a couple bits...first bit Bear is sitting perched (Bear is the "man"!) up in the Amazon forest canopy...sm0ke from fire nearby..and a helicopter swoops in to pick him up (ten thousand dollars a ride hereabouts!)....and then in the very next bit he's hunting in the forest with some genuine stone age neolithic amazonia indians...and Bear's yakity yaking..then sees one else of the hunters see!...and aims his arrow...and thump...shoots an iguana about eight inches the moment of impact both his arms went up in celebration..well...sort of was the kinda short arm lift Jack Nickalaus does after sinking a big putt...weak is what it looks like for gawds sake!...hardly a Tiger Woods fist pump..which looks in the mirror practiced! the hunt..lifting ones arms in celebration after one brings down the prey must be really really old...and I'm sure it's spontaneous...a Neolithic gesture for sure...and can be grim...thinking here of the Japanese atop the old wall of Nanking...brb


Banzai"Banzai" literally means ten thousand years (of life).It is shouted in happy occasions while raising both arms. People shout "banzai" to express their happiness, to celebrate a victory, to hope for longevity and so on. It is commonly done together with the large group of people.
Foreign people seem to confuse "banzai" with a war cry. It is probably because the Japanese soldiers shouted "Tennouheika Banzai" when they were dying during World War II. In this context what they meant was "Long live the Emperor" or "Salute the Emperor".




"Banzai" (万歳, "Banzai"?), which became a Japanese battle cry during the war, is translated literally as "Ten thousand years" but more accurately as "Long Live". Suicide charges and human-wave attacks alike were called "banzai charges" by Allied troops due to the Japanese Army's practice of shouting "Tennōheika banzai !" (天皇陛下万歳!, "Tennōheika banzai !"?), meaning "Long live the emperor!", during such charges.[2]

unquote the curent "over there"...the shout Allahu Akbar ("God is Great") seems to have become the new "banzai"....seems to be an odd thing to say when a roadside bomb goes off...

And I cant go anywhere with's just Nanking grim....

The raised arms though remind me of something...brb...

this isn't quite it...but it's nearby...first this...


18And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
19And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
20And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
21And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.
22And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.
23And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
24And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
25And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
26For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
27Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua.
28And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
29And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

Joshua 8:18...


that's...really grim...brb...


orant (plural orants)
An image of a person with hands up in prayer.


That's from Wiktionary...some offshoot of wiki!..neat..

I was thinking of this battle in the Bible where I thought Joshua has to keep his arms upraised...and when they get weary...he gets help...but the story is about Moses...brb....


This scene draws upon Exodus 17:8–13, which recounts the ancient Jews’ battle against their enemy, Amalek, as they marched toward the Promised Land. To the left of Moses is his brother Aaron, the High Priest, and to the right is Hur, a military leader. These two men are holding up Moses’ arms. According to the Bible, as long as Moses held up his arms, the Hebrews would win the battle against the Amalekites. If Moses were to lower his arms, the Israelites would lose.


Page has a pic...

Exodus 17:8–13Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, "Pick some men for us, and go out and do battle with Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill, with the rod of God in my hand." Joshua did as Moses told him and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Then, whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; but whenever he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur, one on each side, supported his hands; thus, his hands remained steady until the sun set. And Joshua overwhelmed the people of Amalek with the sword.


well...Joshua was there too....that "steady hand" bit reminds me of something...brb...

The myth tells the life story of Llew Llaw Gyffes, whose name is translated by Robert Graves “the Lion with the Steady Hand” and by others as “Lugh (the Sun god) with the Long Arm.”

that's the bit I'm reminded of...but for another sometime!...but this business of Moses holding up his arms as a kinda a charm has lodged in my head for a long time!...something else comes to mind.... The Gundestrup Cauldron...the Lord of the Animals panel I was thinking of...worth a thought!...but back to Moses and the arms...brb...

That's a page with Dogon sculptures with arms raised..."arms raised primitive art" search is bringing things up...I'm getting drawin into this!...I hadn't thought it so involved...there's alot of writing on this...

I'll close with the thought of "touchdown!"..and "three point shot is up...and in!"


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