MYTH CLUB

April 17, 2014 at 9:18am

The Great Creator was designing some animals. He was generous and gave the animals qualities they wanted. He was working on Rabbit who told him “I want long legs so I can run fast, long ears so I can hear far away and big, sharp teeth to scare away any predators!” the Great Creator said “OK” and began to work. Once he started working, Owl showed up and interrupted saying “I want to be tall! Long legs and bright red feathers would be great! I want all the birds to envy me!” The Great Creator told him to leave because no one was allowed to see him work. But Owl continued to hang over The Creator’s shoulder and list all the things he wants, bothering Him and asking Him questions about His work.

Fed up with Owl, The Great Creator turned around and caught Owl. Owl’s eyes grew huge with fright. The Great Creator pushed Owl’s head into his body, pulled his ears up to the top of his head and covered him with dirt. “There!” The Great Creator said “Now with your sharp ears, you’ll be able to listen to me when I speak to you! And instead of being an envious color you’ll be brown like the dirt and with eyes so wide, you’ll only be able to come out at night. You won’t be able to see me then because I only work during the day!” This made Owl sad, so now he cries “Who…Who….” every night.

During the commotion, Rabbit was scared away, but The Great Creator was only half done with him. That’s why he has long back legs and long front teeth. Ever since that day, he’s easily startled and runs at the first sign of danger.

http://www.reddit.com/r/civ/comments/237yu6/so_i_defeated_pacal_and_got_this_message_what/

March 30, 2014 at 6:02pm

Calling Popol Vuh “bizarre” is probably inaccurate; in the correct context, it’s no more unusual than any book of mythology or history. But from an outside view, this tome is breathtaking. Written over the course of centuries by an unknown number of people, Popol Vuh covers the entire span of Mayan history and mythology—taken straight from the mouths of the 16th-century Maya.”

Then they gave birth, heartening one another. Beneath the light, they gave birth to humanity. Then they arranged for the germination and creation

of the trees and the bushes, the germination of all life and creation, in the darkness and in the night, by Heart of Sky, who is called Huracan.

First is Thunderbolt Huracan, second is Youngest Thunderbolt, and third is Sudden Thunderbolt. These three together are Heart of Sky. Then they came together with Sovereign and Quetzal Serpent. Together they conceived light and life:

“How shall it be sown? When shall there be a dawn for anyone? Who shall be a provider? Who shall be a sustainer?
“Then be it so. You are conceived. May the water be taken away, emptied out, so that the plate of the earth may be created—may it be gathered and become level. Then may it be sown; then may dawn the sky and the earth. There can be no worship, no reverence given by what we have framed and what we have shaped, until humanity has been created, until people have been made,” they said.

http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Christenson/PopolVuh.pdf

http://listverse.com/2014/03/30/10-of-the-most-bizarre-books-ever-written/

5:58pm

For the ancient Aztecs the highest form of sacred communication was poetry, what they called xochicuicatl (“flower-song”). These were delicately beautiful hymns meant to be recited orally, often to musical accompaniment. In paintings, Aztec poets are depicted with speech scrolls issuing from their mouths. These scrolls are often colored a rich blue or green, symbolic of the precious nature of the poets’ words as if they were composed of jade or sacred quetzal feathers. Aztecs looked upon poetry as the actualization of a creative act inspired by divinites who were called upon to be present at the performance. Thus the poet Ayocuan Cuetzpaltzin of Tecamachalco believed that his songs came from heaven, but lamented that his own words could not express them as they came undefiled from the gods.

http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Christenson/PopolVuh.pdf

5:03pm
The key element was a picaresque tale in 12 massive volumes composed of some 19, 000 pages of legal-sized paper filled with single-spaced typing entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. The origins of this epic appear to be in 1909. It took more than eleven years to write it in longhand.
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The story recounts the wars between the nations on an enormous and unnamed planet, of which Earth is a moon. The conflict is provoked by the Glandelinians, who practice child enslavement. After hundreds of ferocious battles, the good Christian nation of Abbiennia forces the “haughty” Glandelinians to give up their barbarous ways. The heroines of Darger’s history are the seven Vivian sisters, Abbiennian princesses. They are sided in their struggles by a panoply of heroes, who are sometimes the author’s alter-egos. The battles are full of vivid incident: charging armies, ominous captures, storms and explosions, the appearance of demons and dragons. Darger possessed a wealth of information about military matters and particularly about the Civil War. Not surprisingly the details of battles are recorded in precise quartermaster style in supplemental volumes. In one, for example, he carefully drew and colored the hundreds of flags of the warring nations. Another lists literally thousands of names of officers in the contending armies and their fates (among these, some are described as “killed” while others are “mortally wounded”. ) The true heroes of these adventures, however, are children- the favorites of God, according to the author. The epic’s happy conclusion is only reached after his young protagonists survive great trials, including humiliation, enslavement and torture.
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Like all genuine talents, Darger developed a set of techniques that was at once individual and entirely adequate to his expressive requirements. He was at best a mediocre draftsman, for example, having particular trouble with human figures. Yet Darger created an art filled with legions of figures whose images were appropriated. Darger’s method was to simply trace images from children’s book illustrations, comic strips and similar sources. If the needed image was not of the required size, the artist would take it to the photography counter of a near-by drugstore and have it enlarged or reduced to the proper measurements. Frequently favorite images were repeated in a given picture as well as additional works. Other elements deemed suitable- butterfly cut-outs, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, fragments from coloring books and game boards and many more- were confiscated into Darger’s pictures and, because of the easy alliance in them of the real and the imagined, seemed perfectly at home.

The key element was a picaresque tale in 12 massive volumes composed of some 19, 000 pages of legal-sized paper filled with single-spaced typing entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. The origins of this epic appear to be in 1909. It took more than eleven years to write it in longhand.

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The story recounts the wars between the nations on an enormous and unnamed planet, of which Earth is a moon. The conflict is provoked by the Glandelinians, who practice child enslavement. After hundreds of ferocious battles, the good Christian nation of Abbiennia forces the “haughty” Glandelinians to give up their barbarous ways. The heroines of Darger’s history are the seven Vivian sisters, Abbiennian princesses. They are sided in their struggles by a panoply of heroes, who are sometimes the author’s alter-egos. The battles are full of vivid incident: charging armies, ominous captures, storms and explosions, the appearance of demons and dragons. Darger possessed a wealth of information about military matters and particularly about the Civil War. Not surprisingly the details of battles are recorded in precise quartermaster style in supplemental volumes. In one, for example, he carefully drew and colored the hundreds of flags of the warring nations. Another lists literally thousands of names of officers in the contending armies and their fates (among these, some are described as “killed” while others are “mortally wounded”. ) The true heroes of these adventures, however, are children- the favorites of God, according to the author. The epic’s happy conclusion is only reached after his young protagonists survive great trials, including humiliation, enslavement and torture.

Like all genuine talents, Darger developed a set of techniques that was at once individual and entirely adequate to his expressive requirements. He was at best a mediocre draftsman, for example, having particular trouble with human figures. Yet Darger created an art filled with legions of figures whose images were appropriated. Darger’s method was to simply trace images from children’s book illustrations, comic strips and similar sources. If the needed image was not of the required size, the artist would take it to the photography counter of a near-by drugstore and have it enlarged or reduced to the proper measurements. Frequently favorite images were repeated in a given picture as well as additional works. Other elements deemed suitable- butterfly cut-outs, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, fragments from coloring books and game boards and many more- were confiscated into Darger’s pictures and, because of the easy alliance in them of the real and the imagined, seemed perfectly at home.

March 13, 2014 at 1:47pm

Finally, these origin myths also reveal the ethnocentric world-view of the Quechuans: the Inca believed in the inherent superiority and wisdom of their own people, thinking they were destined to refine the mankind whether other peoples accepted it or not. That could be inferred also from the names of the country and its capital. The name of the Inca empire Tahuantinsuyu stands for the country of four points of compass. Most chroniclers (except for Sarmiento) argue that Cuzco means ‘pole’, the centre of the world or the world pole. 

The analysis of the history and society of the Inca state has confirmed that it was the first and only totalitarian state on the American continent and Pre-Columbian America. The ethnocentric and imperialist origin myth formed the ideological foundation for establishing such a scheme of society, determining also the mentality of its nation by education and in everyday life. 

http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol12/inca.htm

February 28, 2014 at 1:26am

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