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Wild man. Wild men support coats of arms in the side panels of a portrait by Albrecht Dürer, 1499 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich) Terminology[edit] The first element of woodwose is usually explained as from wudu "wood", "forest". The second element is less clear. It has been identified as a hypothetical noun *wāsa "being", from the verb wesan, wosan "to be", "to be alive".[1] The Old English form is unattested, but it would have been *wudu-wāsa or *wude-wāsa.

Late 15th century tapestry from Basel, showing a woodwose being tamed by a virtuous lady The term was usually replaced in literature of the Early Modern English period by classically-derived equivalents, or "wild man", but it survives in the form of the surname Wodehouse or Woodhouse (see Woodhouse family). Origins[edit] Figures similar to the European wild man occur worldwide from very early times. Pontus and his train disguised as wild men at the wedding of Genelet and Sidonia. Medieval representations[edit] Celtic mythology[edit] Shakespeare[edit]

HECATE GODDESS OF : Greek mythology. HEKATE (Hecate) was the goddess of the night, witchcraft and ghosts. This page contains hymns to the goddess and descriptions of her divine role, including invocations to her by witches and necromancers. Hesiod describes the wide-ranging divine powers of the goddess Hekate in the following passage. Hekate was usually regarded as the goddess of witchcraft, though it is unclear whether Hesiod is describing her benefits as being derived from the use of magical incantations or merely general prayers to her divinity.

The poet clearly understood that she was a night-time goddess of witchcraft through the naming of her parents. "Asteria of happy name, whom Perses once led to his great house to be called his dear wife. "Kourotrophe (nurse of the young) [Hekate], give your ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embrace of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire. " - Homer's Epigrams 12. Hecate, Greek Goddess of The Crossroads. Hecate, Greek goddess of the three paths, guardian of the household, protector of everything newly born, and the goddess of witchcraft -- once a widely revered and influential goddess, the reputation of Hecate has been tarnished over the centuries. In current times, she is usually depicted as a "hag" or old witch stirring the cauldron.

But nothing could be further from the image of Hecate's original glory. A beautiful and powerful goddess in her own right, the Greek goddess Hecate was the only one of the ancient Titans who Zeus allowed to retain their authority once the Olympians seized control. Zeus shared with Hecate, and only her, the awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or withholding it if she pleased). Usually classified as a "moon goddess", her kingdoms were actually three-fold . . . the earth, sea, and sky. Having the power to create or withhold storms undoubtedly played a role in making her the goddess who was the protector of shepherds and sailors.

Singing Over the Bones | Women and the Wild. Mythic Reading Lists. The field of mythic fiction consists of contemporary works that draw on the timeless themes and symbolism of world mythology, medieval romance, folklore, fairy tales, and the oral stoytelling tradition. Mythic fiction is set in the modern (or historical world), not in a far–off Nevernever land. But it portrays a world infused with mythic archetypes, mystery, and magic. Works of mythic fiction can be found on the mainstream fiction shelves in the form of magic realism and surrealism, as well as in genre fiction, Young Adult fiction, and other parts of the bookstore.

The following list contains 100 fine novels by 100 fine writers of contemporary mythic fiction. The books on our list range from charming, entertaining confections to powerful novels that rank among the best works of modern literature. For recommendations for younger readers, see Mythic Fiction for Young Adults by Julie Bartel. The Heritage of the Orkney Islands. The Wild Hunt. "When the winter winds blow and the Yule fires are lit, it is best to stay indoors, safely shut away from the dark paths and the wild heaths. Those who wander out by themselves during the Yule-nights may hear a sudden rustling through the tops of the trees - a rustling that might be the wind, though the rest of the wood is still. "But then the barking of dogs fills the air, and the host of wild souls sweeps down, fire flashing from the eyes of the black hounds and the hooves of the black horses" Kveldulf Hagen Gundarsson (Mountain Thunder) In Orkney, indeed, across most of northern Europe, belief in the Wild Hunt was once widespread.

In the islands, little remains of the belief today. The form of the Wild Hunt, or Raging Host, varied across each of the geographical locations/ in which the tradition was found. The quarry of this spectral horde also varies. Later Christian influences had the Wild Hunt summoning the souls of evildoers, sinners and unbaptised infants. The Orkney interpretation. World Myths and Legends in Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

The Book of Daniel Although written in the first person, the author of the book of Daniel was actually a pious Jew living under the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes, 167-164 B.C.2 To encourage his suffering fellow believers, he tells six stories, set in earlier days in Babylon just before and after the Persian conquest, which illustrate how faithful Jews, loyally practicing their religion, were enabled by divine aid to triumph over their enemies. The memory of Nebuchadnezzar was still strong at the time of this writing because he had crushed two Jewish revolts and then had destroyed the temple in Jerusalem in 586 B.C.3 Nebuchadnezzar II ruled over the Babylonian empire from 605 to 562 B.C.

The city of Babylon was located in the Euphrates river in the region of present day Iraq. The kingdom of Juda, in southern Palestine, was caught in a power struggle between the Babylonian empire and imperial Egypt. Nebuchadnezzar's crawling outdoors, nude, leaves no doubt of his madness. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE? IN SEARCH OF THE WOODWOSE, EUROPE'S ELUSIVE MAN-BEAST. Captive wild man being tamed by virtuous woman - Swiss tapestry, late 1400s Homo sapiens was not the only species of human named and recognised by Linnaeus when publishing Systema Naturae, his revolutionary binomial system of zoological classification, in 1735. Among several others was Homo ferus, the wild man, which according to Linnaeus was covered in hair, moved on all fours, was mute, and lived apart from H. sapiens in forests, hills, and mountains.

Today, none of Linnaeus’s ‘other’ species of human is recognised by mainstream science. Bestiary depiction of European wild man Woodwoses (Albrecht Dürer, 1499) Linnaeus himself delineated various subcategories of Homo ferus, of which the most significant was Juvenis lupinus hessensis – ‘wolf boys’, or feral children. Depiction of Mowgli, the wolf boy from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books, by Kipling's father, J Lockwood Kipling (1895) Famous statue of Romulus and Remus suckling a she-wolf Green man sculpture (Dr Karl Shuker)

Homo ferus the quest for evidence and explanation. Rocky Road: Linnaeus. Linnaeus In the early 18th century, mushrooms were mushrooms. Some were tasty, some were nasty and some would kill you, but they were all mushrooms. During the lifetime of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, botanists began to realize that the casual terminology of the day couldn't accurately name the species of Europe, much less the discoveries in the New World. They dabbled with different approaches, often with mixed success. From Fossils: Evidence of Vanished Worlds by Yvette Gayrard-Valy Perhaps Linnaeus was well suited to defining a new naming convention as he lived in a time and place where people had to do as much for themselves.

As a young man, Linnaeus traveled through Lapland. Although naturalists had struggled for some time with how to best classify species, Linnaeus successfully introduced the system of classifying organisms, a system that now includes kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. Linnaeus was an interesting man. Who is the type of Homo sapiens? | International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. James Hillman. The Center for Story and Symbol, Joseph Campbell and Archetypal Psychology. King Arthur: History & Legend. The Heritage of the Orkney Islands. Norse Mythology for Smart People - The Ultimate Online Resource for Norse Mythology and ReligionNorse Mythology for Smart People | The Ultimate Online Resource for Norse Mythology and Religion.