Wittgenstein spoke of language games. Kind of like the rules of a game. So, if you know all the vocabulary for a sport but none of the rules, then you still can’t play. For example, I know some terms about cricket, but I don’t know a single rule. I can speak of bowling and a wicket, but would not have foggiest idea what it meant to actually bowl or make a wicket (if that’s the proper term). But if I went to a cricket match (game?) then I could begin learning. I too, want to learn the rules so that I can speak with the lions.
OK, here’s the standard explanation for you foreigners…
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game
Now, would you like me to explain “silly mid-on” and “square-leg”?
More seriously, whilst it’s good to consider Wittgenstein’s lion in relation to sub-cultural divisions - and equally for understanding the barriers to understanding some distant culture like the biblical authors’ - yet we mustn’t exaggerate the difficulties amongst humans, for we are “from one blood.”
On the trivial level, a village kid injured in the IndonesianTsunami is a big Manchester City fan (not a Surry cricket fan, for some reason).
More seriously, I can go to almost any culture in any country in the world and find a church where Christ is worshipped in a way I would recognise.
Unlike the case of the talking lion, the communication problems are of our own making.
Incidentally, I always used to enjoyy the Sci-Fi writing of Hal Clement, whose method was to set up a meeting between humans and some entirely alien people (such as one with massive gravity, or where the whole population died together and was replaced in some solar cycle), and work out how the misunderstandings between them could be overcome.