My informant discussed an event that happened when he was at on of his friend’s houses. “My friend freaked out when I stepped on a book. Cause I guess, like, according to him, like…I don’t know whether this is religious or just cultural, I think he’s Indian…but it’s like, they value knowledge so much, right, if you step on a book, it’s like, “FUCK KNOWLEDGE,” it’s like “fuck everything,” it’s like disrespecting intelligence. So he was like, “Dude, DON’T DO THAT” and I was like, [quietly] “oh, shit, well alright”[laughter].
This account deals with symbolism, comparing the book to knowledge itself, and giving it a sacred value.