Re: [mythsoc] on the trail of the Succarath
- In a message dated 03/31/2000 1:45:02 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Manatees live in warm waters, don't they? Patagonia is extremely frigid.
>>I didn't mean "manatee" exactly, I meant that the Patagonian-sloth-whatever
is the strange animal (like a manatee) that the explorers translated into an
exotic mythical creature (like a mermaid).
This Succarath thing is gonna be the end of what's left of my brain.
- In a message dated 03/31/2000 2:41:48 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< This is then linked to the earlier Jesuit report of the Su or
Oooh oooh, would the Jesuit report be the source of the myths....? I Gotta
find that magazine... it's floating around somewhere sans cover.
Wow! Thanks! There is a lot here to chew on. Is this a translation from the
Spanish site we've been tossing about, or somewhere else? The part I've
returned below is definitely the same content as the article in Ranger Rick
back whenever. When you figure all the mythical beasts around (granted, not
so much literature in 1972), and how little there is on the Succarath... how
in the world did it end up in that article? What made the writer pick it?
Golleeee so many wonders in the world....
This is fascinating. I read a lot about Ice Age mammals as a child, but I've
forgotten most of them. I knew them like the dinosaurs..... this is
incredible.... I want the book with these essays... yeah I know they're old
but a lot of old books are worth having, we all know that.....
In a message dated 03/31/2000 7:05:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,
"It is horrible to look at; at first it appears to have the face of a lion,
or even a man, since in front the ears the face is bearded, with short hair;
its body is narrow near the loins, but thick at the rear; the tail is long
and very thickly bristled, with which it loads up its pups when attacked by
hunters, covers them and hides them, yet can run away in spite of its load.
[I'd say there's a load here, all right]
"It lives by stealing, and because of its hide is pursued by the natives,
can use the skin to protect themselves from the weather. They are usually
hunted by digging a pit, covered with branches.
"When the incautious animal falls in, with its young, seeing that it cannot
get out, either through rage or generosity it destroys the young with its
nails, so that they will not come into the hands of humans, giving at the
same time horrendous roars to frighten the hunters, coming up to the mouth
of the hole to shoot the beast with their arrows until it dies, raging."