Here’s the thing of it… and I don’t mean to be waxing
philosophical on you all… but… if it’s made of gold and has a
diamond in it and it hangs on a chain around your neck… and it’s
decorative by your standards… is it jewelry? Well… what if it’s
not gold… or any other precious metal… and it does not have a
diamond in it… or any other gem for that matter… but it still
hangs around your neck and it’s still decorative by your standards…
is it still jewelry? If not… why not?
What if it’s just a little doo-dad you found on a forest floor one
day … a bird’s claw for instance or a bear’s tooth… and you took
a liking to it … and you tied a piece of string to it and hung it
around your neck… would it be jewelry? I say it would. But now
here’s a divergence. Let’s go back to that diamond. If you took it
off your neck and hung it in a rather fashionable way around a sash
tied around your waist… would it still be jewelry? And if instead
of that diamond… you took that bird’s claw or that bear tooth off
of your neck and tied to the sash around your waist … would that
still be jewelry.
We come to a juncture here my friends. There will be those who will
think–as do I–that all this is still jewelry even when it ties
around that sash around your waist because it’s decorative and
fashionable and tends to enhance the image you are trying to present
to your friends. And there are purists out there who will insist that
a bird’s claw tied to a sash ain’t jewelry no how and no way.
Let us… for the sake of this discussion… take the side of those
that agree that it does not have to be gold to be jewelry… and it
does not have to be worn around one’s neck. A bird’s claw will be
fine… tied to a sash around your waist will also be fine.
Jewelry… by any other name… is still jewelry. Following this
irrefutable form of logic… I am going to present to you a
magnificent piece of jewelry that was not only decorative and
fashionable in its time… but also served a purpose. Can jewelry
attain a higher level than this I ask you?
They were a fierce tribe of the Amazonian rain forest… and they
possessed as it were… two souls. This is quite a gift for most of
us have only one soul which we hold quite dear… for if we lose
it… we can not–to the best of our knowledge-- replace it. The name
of the first soul was Arutam… and it gave its possessor the power
to kill. But not with impunity… for the second soul–
Muisak–existed for the sole purpose of avenging the death of the
one you killed. These are the check and balances of life my friends.
For every Yin there’s a Yang… for every plus there’s a minus… for
every head there’s… well… you get the idea.
But the tribesmen liked killing… and they had to figure a way to
evade revenge upon their souls by Muisak. And they did. They made a
piece of jewelry of sorts … I will not yet tell you what… but I
do believe they wore this fashionable doo-dad hanging off of a sash
tied around their waists. I’m not too sure about this part… but
when you see it I am sure you will agree it’s quite plausible. So go
take a look at the image I am about to show you… and tell me if you
think it’s jewelry.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… and then click on it in order to view a rather
innovative piece of jewelry… or is it? Hmmm?
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.