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« Topic Start: March 07, 2007, 10:43:30 am »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?  I have so many now, I don't know if I can narrow down my choices.  lol 

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« Reply #1: March 07, 2007, 12:50:29 pm »


Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?  I have so many now, I don't know if I can narrow down my choices.  lol 

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Anything having to do with Inanna - specifically, her descent to the Netherworld.

A quick link: http://www.jelder.com/mythology/inanna.html
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« Reply #2: March 07, 2007, 01:57:49 pm »

I enjoy most of the Egyptian myrhs, but the story that had me aluighing until I cred was Darkhawk's rendition of Heru stealing Set's sperm. I snagged it from the archived forum, so here it is:

From Darkhawk, may 2006:

"""Set: Hey Heru, you have a nice ass. (Editorial note: This is a non-poetic translation of the text, but in no way inaccurate.)
Heru-sa-Aset: ... you really think so?
Set: Oh yeah. Y'wanna?
Heru-sa-Aset: Uh ... sure. Let me talk to my mom.
Set: *eyeroll* Mama's boy.

Heru-sa-Aset: Mom, Set thinks I have a nice ass.
Aset: Aw, shit. Okay, kid, the thing is ... I can't explain this. If you screw him, catch his semen in your hands and then come to me.
Heru-sa-Aset: Okay, mom.

* scene elided for privacy *

Heru-sa-Aset: Okay, mom, here's Set's semen. *holding out hands*
Aset: *screams, cuts hands off, throws them in the swamp*
an class="highlight">Heru-sa-Aset: ...ow?
Aset: Hang on, baby, let me make you some new hands. Okay, here's what you do when I've replaced them -- go get a lettuce and masturbate onto it, then give it to me.
Heru-sa-Aset: Okay, mom.

Aset: Hey Set, want some lettuce?
Set: Dude. I love lettuce.

Set: (To council of gods) Now, I don't have to tell you that Heru has a nice ass. That's just obvious.
Council of Gods: Okay, and?
Set: But the thing is, as a king, he's just not fit. Why, he takes the submissive position in sex, which just won't do.
Aset: You say so?
Set: Yeah.
Aset: Okay, let's do a spell to case Set's sperm to speak up from wherever it is, and my son's sperm to speak up from wherever it is.
Set: Works for me.
Aset: Yoo-hoo, Set's sperm!
Swamp: What do you want?
Set: ... heeeeeeeey.
Aset: Yoo-hoo, an class="highlight">Heru's sperm!
Voices in Set's Head: What do you want?
Aset: Reveal yourself!
Voices in Set's Head: *materialises as lunar disc over Set's head*
Djehwty: *steals lunar disc, puts it on his head* Hee hee. """
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« Reply #3: March 07, 2007, 04:44:37 pm »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?

I've always had two favorites:

Jason and the Argonauts

The Odyssey
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« Reply #4: March 07, 2007, 05:09:45 pm »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading? 

So far, my favorite Brighid story is actually one that's told about the saint, rather than the goddess.  (I subscribe to the theory that the saint is a Christian overlay on the goddess.  For the record, I don't think that's necessarily true of many saints or traditions, but, in the case of Brighid, there's SO much overlap and similarity.)

Anyway, there's a story about how Brighid hung her cloak on a sunbeam to dry, and the visiting clergyman was flabbergasted and tried to do the same but couldn't.
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« Reply #5: March 07, 2007, 06:02:07 pm »

I enjoy most of the Egyptian myrhs, but the story that had me aluighing until I cred was Darkhawk's rendition of Heru stealing Set's sperm.

That's *fantastic*!

There are so many great myths from so many pantheons, it's hard to choose. I'm esp. drawn to some of the Hindu myths, because they're so visually striking and wonderful metaphors: Indra's net, Shiva's dance, the churning of the Sea of Milk...

But as a gay guy, my personal favorite has to be the Greek myth about the handsome youth Ganymede being swept away by an eagle and delivered to Zeus for his pleasure (in some versions, Zeus himself takes the form of the eagle). I'd already settled on the pagan name Altair for myself when I realized that the constellation Aquila, of which Altair is the alpha star, is supposed to represent not just any eagle but the very eagle of this myth.

Now that I'm aware of it, though, stealing Set's sperm *almost* displaces Ganymede's myth in my heart!

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« Reply #6: March 07, 2007, 06:09:08 pm »

Anything having to do with Inanna - specifically, her descent to the Netherworld.

A quick link: http://www.jelder.com/mythology/inanna.html

This myth has dominated my thoughts lately.

I have health issues. Mostly I've been dealing with one that's worse than the others. Worse to the point that I've had to undergo a medical procedure. It's had me thinking about all my previous surgeries.

I hate medical procedures because the whole things is dehumanizing. First you give up eating and drinking. Then you go to the hospital and must answer personal questions. You undress, you remove all jewelry, you wear no makeup, you put your hair in a cap. You are wheeled away from your mother or husband into a room without loved ones. You are alone.

The whole thing mimics Inanna's decent for me. You must remove your identity, your wealth, your power, your prestige, and your personality before you are allowed on the operating table. From the first gate of the Netherworld when you arrive at the hospital to the last gate when you finally lose consciousness you must undergo a slow process of personal surrender.

I'm not really sure if this makes sense.

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« Reply #7: March 07, 2007, 07:26:32 pm »


I'm not really sure if this makes sense.

Acacia

It makes *perfect* sense to me, and is something I had not thought of.  My surgeries where when I was already out of it, and Demerol was my friend.

I hope and pray your medical issue is resolved quickly and for the best.  {{{Acacia}}}
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« Reply #8: March 07, 2007, 07:32:00 pm »

I hope and pray your medical issue is resolved quickly and for the best.  {{{Acacia}}}

Thanks, I appreciate it. I'm really glad that made sense because it's meaningful to me and hard to put into words. Hospital vulnerability is total and unique.

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« Reply #9: March 07, 2007, 07:44:19 pm »

Anyway, there's a story about how Brighid hung her cloak on a sunbeam to dry, and the visiting clergyman was flabbergasted and tried to do the same but couldn't.

That's one of my favs too!  Cheesy  I think a good deal of the Brigid stories are about the saint rather than the goddess, but it's not too hard to imagine Her doing this either.  Wink  Another one of my favourite Brighid stories is where she spreads her mantle over the whole of Ireland (one text has her unraveling her mantle to a thread that encompasses the island), and the king who refused her land her mantle could not spread over was flummoxed.


But my favourite story out of the Celtic mythology is probably Oisin in Tir-Na-Nog or one of the stories about Finn--he's my favourite hero, as might be guessed.  I also really love the Taliesin stories. 


And Acacia--I hope all the best for you.  *hugs*
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« Reply #10: March 07, 2007, 08:34:18 pm »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?  I have so many now, I don't know if I can narrow down my choices.  lol 

Elizabeth 

Aset tricking Ra into giving Her his True Name.  I think that's one of my favorites.  Aset in the Contendings of Heru and Set. 

Oshun demanding that women be allowed to divine as well as men. 

At the creation of the world, Oshun was left out by the other Orisha because she was female.  Nothing they did worked.  The Orisha went to the Supreme Being and asked what the problem was.  They were told to include Oshun.  So they apologized to Oshun and creation/the making of world took place. 

The origin of Oya being black cloth that was torn to make the Oya (Niger) River and thus the passageway between this world and the next.  Oya stealing thunder and lightening (or was it fire and lightning?) from Shango. 

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« Reply #11: March 07, 2007, 11:10:15 pm »

Lily, you had me rolling around on the floor laughing!  That is a really great story.  Grin

My personal favorite story goes like this:

Manannan liked to go around the island of Ireland playing his harp and messing with people by offering to show them tricks.  He met a bunch of guys and started to do just that, showing off in his usual way, pretending to be just some regular guy who only liked to entertain.  One of the guys was not so impressed by a trick he performed, so he did something much more spectacular: he busted out all magician style with a rabbit, but of course, he can do much better than just that!  Manannan also busted out with a dog to chase the rabbit, a boy to chase the dog, and a girl to make sure they all behaved.  The boy, seeing the girl, got the hots for her, and they started getting it on.  This pissed off Manannan, so he beheaded the boy.  One of the guys then says, "Hey, I don't like tricks that involve people getting killed, man!"  Manannan then puts the boy's head on backwards.  "Dude, why'd you do that?" asks the guy.  "He'd be better off dead if you fix it that way!"  Agreeing, Manannan grabs the kid's head and gives it a good crank around 'til it's right again.  The end.

I love that story 'cause whenever something goes really wrong in my life, it usually is put right before things get too bad (unless it's just all my own damn fault, and in that case, I've gotta fix it myself, of course!).  When things go badly, then, I just remember that story... and laugh.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12: March 08, 2007, 01:19:14 am »

One of my favorites is the story of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady.

It's hard to recall the beginning, but it goes something like this: King Arthur meets some sort of monstrous black knight, whom he tells to stop pillaging the countryside or somesuch thing. The knight says he will only stop if Arthur answers this question/riddle: What is the one thing that every woman wants? Arthur's stumped, so he goes traveling across the countryside, asking every woman he meets what the answer to this question might be. Of course, every woman tells him something different, so he's at a loss until he finds a mysterious, ugly old hag by the road, and he hesitantly asks her if she knows.

She tells him that she is the evil knight's sister, and knows the answer to the question. But she will only reveal it to him if Arthur promises her that she can marry the round table knight of her choosing. He reluctantly agrees, desperate to learn the answer. And she tells him, "The one thing that every woman wants...is to have her own way." And Arthur goes, "OF COURSE! IT'S SO SIMPLE!!" lol... And Aruthur goes back to the evil knight, answers the riddle, and wins that battle...

Then Arthur takes the loathly lady back to his court, and he tells his knights about the promise that he made to her, and they're not excited about it. The lady ends up choosing Sir Gawain. He's none too happy about it, but he would never disobey his king, and so he marries the hag. On his wedding knight, he leads her back to their chambers, filled with dread. But as soon as they enter, she turns into a beautiful young woman, and Gawain is amazed.

She tells him that her brother put a curse on her that turns her into a hag for one part of the day, and a maiden for the other. "I can either be an old woman during the day and a maiden at night, or a maiden during the day and an old woman at night. Which would you prefer, my husband?"

And first, Gawain goes, "Well, why don't you just be a maiden at night, in private with me?"

"But then you'll have to take me around the court as an old woman, and everyone will mock us!" she protests.

And he says, "Then how about the other way around?"

"But then you'll have to spend nights with me as a hag!" she protests further.

Confounded, and not wanting to distress his new wife, Gawain then says, "Oh, women must know more about these things than I do...why don't you make the decision yourself?"

And then - ta da! The lady tells him that he's broken the spell over her once and for all, "Because you let me have my own way!" And she was pretty all day and all night, and they lived happily ever after.  Grin

...Until one day she ran away from him because she was a Faery and wanted to be with her people again...but still, it's a cute story.
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« Reply #13: March 08, 2007, 11:30:20 am »

Arianrhod's story in The Mabinogion.
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« Reply #14: March 08, 2007, 03:44:32 pm »

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Arianrhod's story in The Mabinogion.

You mean her virginity trial and the naming of Lugh?
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