Wow, that's the craziest story I've read for a long time. Weird and unpleasant of course. It reminds me that there is a user here who goes by "necronudist." I'm surprised admin allows it. In a site made for learning languages, a lot of people should understand what that means, and that it is perverse.
EDIT: I sent him an invitation to change his username. I noticed he hasn't been on DL since April. Yay. Hope he gets my message if he returns.
It reminds of a doctor who kept avorted foetus in jars. He had 2 246 of them in his house, and it's not sure that all of them had the legal age for abortion. Nobody knows what he was doing with them, but some of them (many) were prepared in containers to be shipped. That's even weirder than this article.
This usage of "collect" seems awkward to me. In regular English, the sense is that I have the hobby of collecting, or acquiring, dolls and bones. Is that what is meant? Or rather, is it the idea that I am gathering dolls and bones, just as I might gather firewood or acorns? Or, is it the sense that I am bringing dolls and bones all to one place?
I'm sorry, but it's just not clear what sort of idea is being conveyed here.
If you have a question about more advanced semantics, the best place to find the answer is in a dictionary. I don't mean that in a smart-ass way, as there are many free online resources that people may not be aware of, like this one (actually a digital composite of MANY dictionaries in Greek and Latin): https://logeion.uchicago.edu/colligo
One is not enough. The best is to use several dictionaries and to compare.
Colligere, in the etymology, is to "link together" (co-together-ligere-to link)
=To gather or collect together into a whole or to a point, to assemble, draw or bring together, collect (can be used in the figurative meaning for immaterial things too)
"se colligere" =to gather, collect.
(I don't know when they would use the reflexive "se")
So, there's no problem here with colligere with the meaning of gather, or the other meaning "to pack together", makes it legit here.
It's not the "hobby" meaning, people got it wrong when translating it this way, I don't think that kind of hobbies were popular, at least not with a name, but the "to gather" meaning, that is also a meaning for "to collect", is right here.
Collecting the taxes, doesn't mean it's a hobby. But you gather them (figuratively).
To collect, in English: pile up, stack, gather, assemble, gather together.
It's almost perfectly the same meaning than "colligere".
Etymology for the English "to collect":
Etymology is meaningful here: In French, this same old French root, where this English word come, gave "collecter" = to gather (to collect),
and "collectionner" = to collect as a collection.
To make a collection, you need first to collect, so the word started to mean something else... (Different from its first meaning = to gather)
That's true that this sentence is very misleading, because it seems to indicate a collection, as a hobby, and it cannot be the case.
(Note: Religion (linking the men together), to rely, collection, and lesson are all cognates.)
Puppet is not a doll, it's an animated doll, a movable doll, it can have strings, or it can be animated as a disguise, like the Muppet show.
(The word Muppet is forged on the model of "puppet")
Note that the word "Puppet" comes from the French for "doll": poupée (from latin pupa).
Poupette means in French a little doll "et/ette" is the mark of the French diminutive. (I remember my uncle used to call my cousin "poupette", little doll...)
The old French used "poupette" to mean puppet, but this word was abandoned for "marionette" later. "Marionette" has the same "ette" diminutive.
English makes the distinction between puppet and marionnette, French doesn't anymore.
I'm guessing you might mean "magus", rather than "magnus", which is what you typed. As Voodoo didn't exist in ancient Rome, I don't think we can really infer what practitioners would have been called. I believe modern Voodoo has priests and priestesses. The word for priest is "sacerdos".
ok, thanks for the correction. I probably learn more from the comments and checking facts, than the course. :-)
more info https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/magus#Latin
magus m (genitive magī); second declension (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan, wizard (special usage) a Zoroastrian priest Note: the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".
magus (feminine maga, neuter magum); first/second-declension adjective magic, magical