On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 02:56:58PM -0400, Alana Joli Abbott wrote:
> > Along the lines of "danger here, if you see this it's bollocks all the
> > way down?" sort of warning sign? :)
> Hee hee -- I suppose that's one way! We honestly used it more as a guide to
> literary criticism -- how are people of this school of thought interpreting
> myths? -- which is how we applied the Jung, Barfield, and *Hamlet's Mill* texts
I think at least some of the Year King stuff goes back to Fraser's _The
Golden Bough_, but it's been a long time since I skimmed that.
> as well. That said, the maiden-mother-crone and year king as husband-child
> sacrifice themes do seem to appear all over the place, whether in the old
> texts or in modern fantasy novels with a mythic backdrop, so whether Graves
> was inventing things wholesale or picking up on bits that people have
> continued to recycle, it make sense for him to belong in the canon of
> people to read when you're reading about how *other* people read myth.
I thought _Hamlet's Mill_ had at least a chance of having something
going for it, it was _maybe_ right, but I didn't know enough about
either myths or astronomy to be right. (As I get older, I myself
still reading a lot of fiction, but often finding reality even
stranger and more wonderful, so I look for the threads of reality
in a lot of places.)
> And honestly, I think that's a study (how people read myth) that's almost
> as interesting as studying mythology itself.
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