Autobiography of Goethe: Truth and Poetry Relating to My by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Within the paintings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) you will see that the seed of so much German notion, literature, technology and theology. A highly influential guy, not just on Germany yet at the remainder of Europe, Goethe's top identified paintings is the two-part play Faust. Goethe used to be a privy-councilor to the Duchy of Weimar and his curiosity in overseas literature helped beginning the concept that of the area literature.

George Eliot referred to as Goethe "Germany's maximum guy of letters…and the final actual polymath to stroll the earth."

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And I would have been but for the Ni-Vanuatu, who were absolutely keen to keep the cannibal mystique alive. It was good for business. Albert, a boat pilot from nearby Lelepa Island, boasted shortly after we met that his people had been among the last to be converted. “My great-grandfather was born in the darkness time, before the Christians came,” he told me proudly. “The first mis- The Business of Port Vila Is God 25 sionaries on Lelepa were from England, a husband and wife. They brought their twelve-year-old son with them.

All forbidden! Worst of all, they go to church on Sunday, when we know that Saturday is the true Sabbath. ” Kelsen knew these rules because his family had converted to Seventh-day Adventism in 1922. They had never fallen for the John Frum message or any other false teaching, he assured me proudly. The forest on the east side of Tanna was caked in gray dust, and the trees began to resemble stone carvings. We rounded a bend and entered the devastation. It was as though the jungle had been buried and sealed under a layer of scoured earth.

The sun had disappeared beneath the banyans. Cicadas screamed from the trees. Fluorescent lights flickered on through distant windows. Kay put away the ice cream and told me an Inspirational Story. It was about Tanna, an island at the south end of Vanuatu. A Very Bad Thing had happened on Tanna in the 1940s. Just when the Tannese seemed to have given up their ghosts and other devils, just when the missionaries thought they had won the island for Christ, along came a false prophet. The fellow called himself John Frum and made himself out to be some kind of messiah.

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