Base Camp

They came in all sorts of camouflage, in animal pelts and flak jackets, in tactical gear and even a sphagnum-covered ghillie suit.

When you leave the totems of your usual identity behind you free yourself from the laws that govern that identity and assume those of another character — a frontiersman, a hunter, a warrior, even a superhero…

(Vanessa Friedman, “Why Rioters Wear Costumes,” NYTimes, 1-7-21)

“Ghillie” is a misspelling of Scots Gaelic Gille, meaning an outdoor servant. The suit so named may refer to the Gille Dubh (“black-haired youth”), an Earth spirit clothed in leaves.

Ghillie suits were adopted by British Army snipers in 1916.

Australian Army snipers call them “yowie suits” after the Yowie, “a mythical hominid similar to the Yeti and Bigfoot which is said to live in the Australian wilderness.” (Wikipedia)

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
This entry was posted in Quotations and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.