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    pastoral care!

    Hello Everyone,

    In longman dictionary, pastoral is defined as " relating to the duties of a teacher in advising students about their personal needs rather than their homework".

    I can't understand this definition,could you give me some definite decscription about " pastoral needs". And is pychological instruction a kind of pastoral care?

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    Sky
    Last edited by sky753; 26-Jun-2008 at 08:28.


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    Re: pastoral care!

    'pastoral' derives from the Latin word meaning 'relating to a shepherd'. In the Christian religion, there is the image of people as sheep, and their priest or minister guarding over their souls, saving them from the Devil, just like a good shepherd protects his flock from wolves. Hence, with regard to the Church, 'pastoral' means "concerning or appropriate to the giving of spiritual guidance". (As well, in some Churches, the minister is refer to as the 'pastor'.)

    Literally, though, shepherds and sheep are associated with rural areas, and the countryside. So that 'pastoral' in this sense means "used for or related to the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle; associated with country life." We might say, "The view was pastoral, with rolling fields and grazing sheep."
    In literature, the word is used to depict an idealized version of country life.

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    Re: pastoral care!

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'pastoral' derives from the Latin word meaning 'relating to a shepherd'. In the Christian religion, there is the image of people as sheep, and their priest or minister guarding over their souls, saving them from the Devil, just like a good shepherd protects his flock from wolves. Hence, with regard to the Church, 'pastoral' means "concerning or appropriate to the giving of spiritual guidance". (As well, in some Churches, the minister is refer to as the 'pastor'.)

    Literally, though, shepherds and sheep are associated with rural areas, and the countryside. So that 'pastoral' in this sense means "used for or related to the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle; associated with country life." We might say, "The view was pastoral, with rolling fields and grazing sheep."
    In literature, the word is used to depict an idealized version of country life.
    Thanks

    And I am wondering here whether you can give us dialogue or sentences related to the definition as well as your description to deepen the understanding?



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    Re: pastoral care!

    'pastoral' has a literary quality to it, reminiscent of novels of the 1800's in England, and references to nature, and in poetry during a period in England when Nature was re-discovered, and people actually began to walk around in remote mountains, rambling in wild area.

    As such, these days, it is rare in ordinary casual conversation. We would just use the words 'rural;' and 'in the country', 'the countryside'

    It would mainly be used by those on the land to refer literally to aspects of their industry e.g.
    Pastoral country (=land suitable for, and used for, raising sheep or cattle) along the Nullarbor is enjoying a relatively good season, but is still having to deal with wild dogs. Peter Brown is on Arubiddy Station, north of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse on the Eyre Highway, where he runs 20,000 merino sheep and 300 head of cattle. He says wild dogs are an issue, but it's been a pretty fair season and he's had about 150mm rain for the year.

    Pastoral Livestock Development in Central Asia
    by Stephan Baas
    Rural Development Officer
    Rural Institutions and Participation Service (SDAR)
    FAO Rural Development Division


    Ethiopia is a relatively large country with farming and pastoral communities[in the rural areas.

    'farming' because they are growing wheat etc, and 'pastoral' meaning they are raising animals, probably sheep and cattle.
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jun-2008 at 16:18.

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