They are scoundrels


«[In graveyards] storytellers and fortunetellers must not be allowed to work among the graves.»

«Fortunetellers and storytellers must not be allowed to remain alone with women to talk to them in the tents [they put up to offer their services] as this is a way of taking advantage of them, or a trick to steal from them, although those women that come to these people are just shameless … You must always keep an eye on those individuals, as they are scoundrels.»

Ibn ’Abdûn, translation by Emilio García Gómez and E. Levi-Provençal, Sevilla a comienzos del siglo XII, Sevilla: Colegio Oficial de Aparejadores y Arquitectos Técnicos, 1998, pp. 97-98

Illustration inspired by a Haida totem-pole of the nortwest coast of Nort America

Refuse old wives’ fables



If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.  But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (I Timothy 4: 6-7).

King James version.
Illustration inspired by a rock art painting of Kimberley, Australia.