The Covenant of Salt : As Based on the Significance and Symbolism of Salt in Primitive Thought
Among the varied forms of primitive covenanting, perhaps none is more widely known and honored, or less understood, the world over, than a covenant of salt, or a salt covenant. Religion and superstition, civilization and barbarism, alike deal with it as a bond or rite, yet without making clear the reasons for its use. The precise significance and symbolism of salt as the nexus of a lasting covenant is by no means generally understood or clearly defined by even scholars and scientists. The subject is certainly one worthy of careful consideration and study. A covenant of salt has mention, in peculiar relations, in the Bible. It is prominent in the literature and traditions of the East. Here in our Western world there are various folk-lore customs and sayings that show familiarity with it as a vestige of primitive thought. Among the islands of the sea, and in out-of-the-way corners of the earth, it shows itself as clearly as in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. In some regions salt is spoken of as if it were merely an accompaniment of bread, and thus a common and indispensable article of food; but, again, its sharing stands out as signifying far more than is meant by an ordinary meal or feast. An explanation of its meaning, frequently offered or accepted by students and specialists, is that in its nature it is a preservative and essential, and therefore its presence adds value to an offering or to a sacramental rite. But the mind cannot be satisfied with so superficial an interpretation as this, in view of many things in text and tradition that go to show a unique sacredness of salt as salt, rather than as a preserver and enlivener of something that is of more value. It is evident that the true symbolism and sanctity of salt as the nexus of a covenant lie deeper than is yet admitted, or than has been formally stated by any scholar.
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- 12 Feb 2015
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About H Clay Trumbull D D
Henry Clay Trumbull (June 8, 1830 - December 8, 1903) was an American clergyman and author, born on June 8, 1830, at Stonington, Connecticut, and educated at Williston Northampton School. He became a world famous editor, author, and pioneer of the Sunday School Movement. Poor health kept him from formal education past the age of fourteen. He earned three honorary degrees from Yale, Lafayette and the University of New York. He was ordained a Congregational minister, served as chaplain of the Tenth Connecticut Regiment in 1862-65, and was in several Confederate prisons. In 1875 he became editor of the Sunday School Times. Trumbull was married to Alice Gallaudet (1833-1891), daughter of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. One of his brothers was James Hammond Trumbull, and one of his sisters was Annie Trumbull Slosson.