How different the image of the same Other is in the era of anthropomorphic beliefs, in other words those where the gods can take on human form and behave like people. For in those days no one could be sure if an approaching traveller, nomad or stranger were a man or a god resembling a man. This uncertainty, this intriguing ambivalence is one of the sources of the culture of hospitality, which recommends showing every form of kindness to newcomers.
(Uit: Ryszard Kapuściński, The Other (orig. Ten Inny , vert. Antonia Lloyd-Jones). London: Verso, 2008: 83)