Posted by Yon Bard on November 17, 1998 at 08:17:18:
In Reply to: Re: Re: South Persian Art posted by Marvin on November 17, 1998 at 07:39:25:
I think the term 'fear of vaccuum' is just a picturesque way of describing a tendency towards clutter; there is no implication of a psychological 'theory' or the existence of an actual fear. One should not read literal meanings into turns of phrase.
As for rejection of 'tribe' as a useful classification concept, I think we are going overboard here (deconstructionism is fashionable these days!). After all, we instantly recognize a Tekke or Yomud 95% of the time. If the distinctions between tribes that have settled in close proximity to each other become blurred, that is no reason to toss out the concept entirely.
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