handful of earth

handful of earth

symbol of mortality. [Folklore: Jobes, 486]
See: Death
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If men descended from the apes at an unknown period of time, that is as comprehensible as that they were made from a handful of earth at a certain period of time (in the first case the unknown quantity is the time, in the second case it is the origin); and the question of how man's consciousness of freedom is to be reconciled with the law of necessity to which he is subject cannot be solved by comparative physiology and zoology, for in a frog, a rabbit, or an ape, we can observe only the muscular nervous activity, but in man we observe consciousness as well as the muscular and nervous activity.
Then he stooped and gathered a handful of earth, and murmured some words over it, after which he threw the earth in my face, saying as he did so, "Quit the form of a man, and assume that of a monkey.
All the people we value so much in the life of the world will board that train, and at the end of the journey, those millions of much-valued bodies will turn into a mere handful of earth.
During the discussion on the pomp that would accompany a state funeral for Bonifacio in the City of Manila, I suggested that in the absence of mortal remains a handful of earth from the execution site be placed in an urn to serve as the focus of a memorial service.
The story goes that captain Michael Atherton used to carry a handful of earth in his pocket so that he could scuff the surface of the ball to help it to swing.
Users are instructed to urinate in the bottle to "provide a link for the energy to flow into the jar and remain" and to add three pinches of salt and a handful of earth while "feeling its connection to the planet and its ability to transform waste into fertility.
As we edged our way between them, Laure stopped to scoop out a handful of earth.
One of Dost's stories "A handful of earth," was made into a short film in Germany.
Prest: Hold onto what is good/Even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
The 30-minute service is open for anyone to attend and Mr Phillips will at the end take a symbolic handful of earth which will later be placed at the new Parc y Scarlets.
After a funeral march played by a military band, Natalya, Solzhenitsyn's widow, threw a handful of earth into the grave.