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This is my entry from  May 6th 2016http://smokingboot.livejournal.com/657588.html The image is the most  important thing.

This is from last Friday's Der Spiegel:

This post isn't about political opinion or astrology, beyond their places in the Great Library, a note of how mythology echoes, imagery repeats, and a story begun before the first century of the Common Era, returns in a time unimaginable, a land unknown.  It may be changed, or distorted, but we are the pattern makers and we have known this story for thousands of years.

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mallorys_camera
Feb. 4th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. Perseus and Medusa.

But the snake-haired Medusa is a monster, and Perseus is a hero.

So this image is ambiguous to say the least.
smokingboot
Feb. 4th, 2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
Very ambiguous, yes. But is ambiguity in the eye of the beholder?

Medusa is a monster, but she is made that way due to being violated by Neptune in the Temple of Athena. The goddess then turns her hair to snakes in order to terrify would-be 'suitors.' In some interpretations,it's a punishment, but that's seen through a very patriarchal filter. Without said filter, it's no stretch to see the serpent-locks as a protection, a deterrent. In any case, Perseus doesn't kill the Gorgon for any noble reason. He does it because he owes some king a gift, and the Gorgon's head is the gift demanded, whether she deserves it or not.

Certainly I think it would be horrible to equate Trump with Perseus and the Statue of Liberty with the Gorgon, a very grotesque mirror image. But in a nightmarish way, I can see mutations of the scene, a never dreamed of twist in the tale.


mallorys_camera
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:17 pm (UTC)
How interesting! Greek mythology is just filled with rape victims who metamorphose in unflattering ways -- bovine Europa, sylvan Daphne -- and you're right: If you take away that patriarchal filter, they become very different stories. Thank you for that insight.
smokingboot
Feb. 6th, 2017 08:42 am (UTC)
You are very welcome! Yes, it always puzzles me how such a rich body of literature/beliefs has this strangely unsympathetic attitude towards women while Norse mythology, for all its terrifying followers, is far more respectful.
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