T. Rachwał, W Kalaga (red.), "The wild and the tame : essays in cultural practice" (S. 18-35). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The West’s attitude towards the wild has for several centuries now been
characterized by ambiguity. On the one hand there has been the admiration for
tigers burning bright, for the sublimity of high mountain peaks, and for the freshness
and innocence of what was not yet spoiled by civilization; but on the other
hand there has been the fear of and contempt for the uncivilized and primitive.
In this paper I shall discuss several aspects of the latter, I shall try to analyse the
West’s perception of the nomad - the other who refused to enter what the West
considered to be civilization.