Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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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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