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August 24, 2014

Jorge Luis Borges - The ethnographer

"At the university, an adviser had interested him in Amerindian languages. Certain esoteric rites still survived in certain tribes out West; one of his professors, an older man, suggested that he go live on a reservation, observe the rites, and discover the secret revealed by the medicine men to the initiates. When he came back, he would have his dissertation, and the university authorities would see that it was published."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 24, 2014 03:27 PM