Scribes… Stuart France

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With the advent of cuneiform, the Oral Tradition continued to develop alongside ‘written literature’, but the primary purpose of recording stories in writing was not necessarily to supply individual readers with a coherent or connected account of ‘historical’ events.

Ancient stories were used for a multitude of purposes, often in extracts attached to ritual, to give authenticity, or to provide an aetiology, i.e. a reason for the way things are as they are, to lend weight to ancient traditions, or customs, or to an incantation.

Many of the ancient scribes were Incantation Priests.

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Source:  Stuart France

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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7 Responses to Scribes… Stuart France

  1. I always assumed that things began to be written when people became worried about losing the stories, perhaps when the world was getting bigger and “the old ways” were threatened by “new ways.”

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    • Writing is a technology, an ‘old technology’ now, but a technology nonetheless. Technologies are not always introduced for what we might consider the ‘right’ reasons. Writing was originally invented to cope with the administrative behemoth of an over expanded culture… As a way of accessing the numinous the written word is a poor relation of the spoken word, and music, and dance…

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