Hospitality occupies an important place in the traditional code of values, and there are many narratives illustrating the duties of a host and the privileges of a guest. Here is an example:
A man was charged and found guilty of a capital crime and was sentenced by the governor to death by public execution. When all the arrangements were ready, the governor asked the condemned man if he had any last wish.
“Yes,” he said, “it is a hot day, and you would not want to send a thirsty man to his death.”
“Bring him water,” said the governor. Water was brought and the man drank it. And the governor said, “Now let us proceed with the execution.”
“What?” said the condemned man. “Would you execute your guest?”
The governor saw his ...
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