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Straw Dog

Posted by ESC on July 11, 2003

In Reply to: Straw Dog posted by Ben on July 11, 2003

: Can someone help with the meaning and derivation. Have heard it used in a context of setting up a straw dog. Many Thanks

STRAW DOGS -- Heaven and Earth are not humane./ They regard all things as straw dogs. Lao-tzu (c. 604 - c. 531 B.C., "The Way of Lao-tzu." Note: Straw dogs were used in sacrifices and then discarded. "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," Seventeenth Edition, edited by Justin Kaplan (Little Brown and Co., Boston, 2002)