RISE and SHINE by Chen Man
Random ramblings of an inarticulate Asian Canadian. Mostly reblogs of fandoms, foodies, art, fashion, politics, race and weird bodily functions.
"If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also"
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
Just watched Tales from the Dark 1 & 2 (李碧華鬼魅系列), finally a good HK horror movie after nearly half a decade dry spell. I like how this one doesn’t try to explain away supernatural events with pseudo science and psychology. My favorite piece from the anthology was Jingzhe (驚蟄) directed by Fruit Chan which focuses on the ritual “Villain Hitting”. There’s just something about these old folk rituals that really creeps me out.