whistling calls the demons?
Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:54 PM
anyways, i ask because i dont like when stuff is labeled as "yia yia" or "baba" theology just so we can dismiss it with a laugh. they come from cultures that were formed in an Orthodox ethos, so I can't say, based on my 20th/21st century American experience, that they are necessarily and wholly absurd.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:26 PM
When I had laryngitis once, I couldn't speak to get anyone in my family's attention (and with two spirited little children that was very frustrating), so I would give a quick whistle instead! Hehehe!
Perhap because it is generally bad manners to whistle, this was made up by parents to discourage it in their children? Let's not forget that living in Orthodox countries years ago was a time when religion (and superstition) was everything, and pervaded everyday life in every aspect.
I agree with you that many yiayialogies are not absurd and may have some deeper meaning or contextual meaning, but I am not sure about this one.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:15 PM
Herman the nautical Pooh
Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:16 PM
yes, it does. The first is named Simba and the second is named Angel Boy. A 8 year old pomeranian and a 5 1/2 year old Chihuhua mix. Yes, absolutely, demons from HELL! If I whistle and only have one bowl of food, watch out.
whistling calls the demons?
Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:49 PM
This anti-whistling campaign is just a folk superstition, like the "evil eye" or tea leaf reading.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:38 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:13 PM
Athanasius (Life of Anthony):
“For the demons do all things --they prate, they confuse, they dissemble, they confound--to deceive the simple. They din, laugh madly, and whistle; but if no heed is paid to them forthwith they weep and lament as though vanquished.” (Chapter 26, see also chapter 39)
Paedagogus (The Instructor, Chapter 7):
“Further, eradicating frivolousness, beginning with God, it lays down the law for our regulation somewhat thus: "Do not repeat your words in your prayer." Chirruping and whistling, and sounds made through the fingers, by which domestics are called, being irrational signs, are to be given up by rational men. Frequent spitting, too, and violent clearing of the throat, and wiping one's nose at an entertainment, are to be shunned. For respect is assuredly to be had to the guests, lest they turn in disgust from such filthiness, which argues want of restraint. For we are not to copy oxen and asses, whose manger and dunghill are together. For many wipe their noses and spit even whilst supping.”
“If anyone is attacked with sneezing, just as in the case of hiccup, he must not startle those near him with the explosion, and so give proof of his bad breeding; but the hiccup is to be quietly transmitted with the expiration of the breath, the mouth being composed becomingly, and not gaping and yawning like the tragic masks. So the disturbance of hiccup may be avoided by making the respirations gently; for thus the threatening symptoms of the ball of wind will be dissipated in the most seemly way, by managing its egress so as also to conceal anything which the air forcibly expelled may bring up with it. To wish to add to the noises, instead of diminishing them, is the sign of arrogance and disorderliness. Those, too, who scrape their teeth, bleeding the wounds, are disagreeable to themselves and detestable to their neighbours. Scratching the ears and the irritation of sneezing are swinish itchings, and attend unbridled fornication. Both shameful sights and shameful conversation about them are to be shunned. Let the look be steady, and the turning and movement of the neck, and the motions of the hands in conversation, be decorous. In a word, the Christian is characterized by composure, tranquillity, calmness, and peace.”
Alternatively; Clement of Alexandria (To the Heathen):
“Thus dogs that have strayed, track out their master by the scent; and horses that have thrown their riders, come to their master's call if he but whistle.”
Gregory of Nyssa (Answer to Eunomius):
“For we ourselves are accustomed to direct brute beasts by clucking and whistling and the like, and yet this, by which we reach their ears, is not our language, but we use our natural speech in talking to one another, while, in regard to cattle, some suitable noise or sound accompanied with gesture is sufficient for all purposes of communication.”
Jerome (Letter 46):
“These are the songs of the country; these, in popular phrase, its love ditties: these the shepherd whistles; these the tiller uses to aid his toil”
See also Gregory Nazianzen, Oration 2, 44.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:58 AM
I never considered that there was any merit to the idea...
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