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Bums of the World

How are "bums" portrayed in your ancestral cultures, and why? I don't mean homeless people per se, but rather the shiftless, the no-accounts.

In ancient China, for example, bums are frequenters of tea houses, given to carousing - minstrelsy, chatting, and playing chess. They are depicted with lutes, knapsacks, and bird cages. (I'm not sure whence the "bird cage" originates, but perhaps one of you can tell me!)

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Banazir

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tamf
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
oh, trask...
...i thought you meant the other type of bum.
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
The other kind of bum
Well, we have randomboobshots... mebbe we need randombumshots?

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Banazir
tamf
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
promble
boobs can be flashed randomly and accidentally. mooning is rarely accidental.
illusio
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I like this question (however, I haven't got much ancestry).
banazir
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Let's say "culture in which you grew up" then
Rather than "ancestral culture", let's say "culture of the people you grew up with", parents or others. What was a bum to them? What's a bum to you?

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Banazir
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