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EWilliams: 'Left Hand Path'

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.satanism,talk.religion.misc,talk.religion.newage
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: EWilliams: 'Left Hand Path'
Date: 6 May 1997 14:33:54 -0700

[from alt.religion.wicca: eric_williams@MENTORG.COM (Eric Williams...)]

In article <5jlv2a$lbu$|, (Natalie Ramsey) writes:
| Followups trimmed to alt.religion.wicca and soc.religion.paganism.
| wrote:
| : Some might be interested in:
| :,
| : "The Dark Forces" --Excerpts from the Work of the Tibetan
| [snip]
| : Anyone who over-exalts the concrete mind and permits it continuosly to
| : shut out the higher, is in danger of straying on the left-hand path.
| [snip]
| ObPetPeeve:  I thought we had abandoned the idea that left-handed folk
| are evil, undesirable, or what-have-you.  Why do so many folk persist
| in using the term "left-hand path" with such a connotation?
| To say nothing of the fact that I wasn't aware the term was in
| use in Tibet...

It may be impossible to fully eradicate this bias until other terms such
as "sinister" (derived from the Latin "sinistral", meaning (what else?)
"left-handed") are purged from the language.

Also "gauche" (French for "left", if memory serves; also means "tasteless"
in English) and "adroit" (French for right; also implies dexterous or

'Tis a sinister plot, this gaucheness of the otherwise adroit
English language... :-)


-- -- ugh, "dexterity" is from "right-handed" as well!
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