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On The Kind Of Speech That . . .

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This chapter presents a verse in Manichaean Kephalaia that describes the production of speech, which comes from the mouth and is heard with the ears. Speech comes out through the power of these five limbs: mouth, teeth, lips, throat and tongue and is heard outside. Just as a coin that one person smelts, another forges, and still another cuts as it is turned, another puts a seal on it, while another wipes the sieve, so these Five Craftsmen beautify and fashion their coin, and it comes into people's use and becomes good which they buy and sell - so too is this speech fashioned and adorned by the five limbs, when it comes out and is heard by the ears of others.

Keywords: Manichaean Kephalaia; speech

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