Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 104
Cultural texts then, have a very important place in each society, but why? Assmann's words here bear hearing several times:
Cultural texts lay claim to an overall social authority; they define the identity and cohesiveness of a society. They structure the world of meaning within which communication takes place, and the consciousness of unity, sense of belonging, and particular character is reproduced through the generations in a way that recognisably maintains the identity of the group.