Don't look back!

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Greek mythology has the story of Orpheus, where his music so enchants Hades that Orpheus is allowed to rescue his wife. However he is told not to look back as they emerge. He does look back and loses her.
    Genesis has the story of Lot and his family, being the only good people in Sodom. They are told to leave before God destroys the city, but are told not to look back. Lot's wife does look back and is turned into a pillar of salt.
    Are there similar stories in other cultures?
     
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  3. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    never go back
    never look back
    always move forward
    always look ahead

    always look to the future not the past

    always be positive & dont dwell on the past

    there are soo many different messages inside the simple term "don't look back"

    a pillar of salt is interesting if it is factually correct
    salt would be quite valuable
    i wonder what relationship the salt has to anything

    if you are looking for strikingly pronounced behaviors
    you could compare to adventurers who would burn their boats on arrival to prevent anyone from running away
    the ritual act of burning a fire & the reality of no chance of escaping back into the past life
    dont look sail back

    is also used as a cultural practice of fire ritual in many cultures for thousands of years.

    having a fire might also be interpreted as a "dont look back" physical symbology
     
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  5. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    I was looking for particularly religious or mythological examples, not general usage.
     
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  7. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    ...
    is religion culture ?
    is mythology culture ?
    are you saying one persons culture is not mythology ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_journey_of_a_thousand_miles_begins_with_a_single_step
     
  8. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    There's also, "Those who forget the past are doomed to relive it."
    Sodom was supposedly near the Dead Sea, where there would be no shortage of salt.
     
  9. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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    In one of the accounts of Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu, there's a parallel of the latter paying the price for not heeding general warnings, but it doesn't seem to involve a specific rule of "don't look back".

    Enkidu ignores instructions about how to act in the Netherworld (when he journeys there to retrieve some items). As a result of that, Enkidu is condemned to stay there. Gilgamesh pleads with the gods, and they allow the ghost of Enkidu to temporarily rejoin Gilgamesh. There is some kind of questioning session between the two that commences, but from there the text on the rest of the tablet is lost.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enkidu#"Gilgamesh,_Enkidu,_and_the_Netherworld"

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  10. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    from burns
    Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
    The present only toucheth thee:
    But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects drear!
    An’ forward tho’ I canna see, I guess an’ fear!

    ...........................
    and the rest of it
    Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
    O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
    Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
    Wi’ bickerin brattle!
    I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee
    Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

    I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
    Has broken Nature’s social union,
    An’ justifies that ill opinion,
    Which makes thee startle,
    At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
    An’ fellow-mortal!

    I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
    What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
    A daimen-icker in a thrave
    ’S a sma’ request:
    I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
    An’ never miss ’t!

    Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
    It’s silly wa’s the win’s are strewin!
    An’ naething, now, to big a new ane,
    O’ foggage green!
    An’ bleak December’s winds ensuin,
    Baith snell an’ keen!

    Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste,
    An’ weary Winter comin fast,
    An’ cozie here, beneath the blast,
    Thou thought to dwell,
    Till crash! the cruel coulter past
    Out thro’ thy cell.

    That wee-bit heap o’ leaves an’ stibble
    Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
    Now thou’s turn’d out, for a’ thy trouble,
    But house or hald,
    To thole the Winter’s sleety dribble,
    An’ cranreuch cauld!

    But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
    In proving foresight may be vain:
    The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
    Gang aft agley,
    An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
    For promis’d joy!

    Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
    The present only toucheth thee:
    But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects drear!
    An’ forward tho’ I canna see, I guess an’ fear!
     

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