Mythical narratives

July 31, 2007 § Leave a comment

My subjective account of my passion is mythical when I don’t know why I do things.

Myths are stories about divine beings, generally arranged in a coherent system; revered as true and sacred; endorsed by rulers and priests, and closely linked to religion. When this link is broken, and the actors in the story are not regarded as gods but as human heroes, giants or fairies, it is no longer a myth and becomes a folktale. When the central actor is divine but the story is trivial, the result is religious legend, not myth.

Myths are way more than mere fanciful tales. Myths are those tales that are old, yet forever young. They are “anonymous and timeless,” and their message is “as eternal as boundless space”. They contain wisdom in the guise of stories. They keep unbroken our heritage of all that has enduring value to humans.

The idea that knowledge in any area can be considered complete or absolute may be appealing to many people, perhaps because its “known patterns” are comforting. I wonder about such groundings. Besides the long record we possess of humanity’s capability to change things and to overturn so called certainties, virtually all evidence and all forms of logic and reason contradict the very idea of absolute knowledge. What we generally refer to as knowledge, truth, facts, certainty, essential information or final answers could be much more accurately described as: Knowledge is that which appears to be based on our current perceptions.
In my perception we are all born with knowledge for kenning magic. We’re born with storms, forest fires and meteors inside of us and the gift to make our hummingbird sing, to understand clouds, and to read our destiny from a tiny grain of sand.

All myths are written in a mysterious verse language, understood by those prepared to see them for what they really are: cognition maps and kenning games for finding new ways of solving “internal” and “external” problems. The names and “kennings” (knowings) of the old Norse gods and giants, the Tuatha De Danann, Taliesin, King Arthur are all part of North European symbolism, and it is essential to know their connotations and etymology in order to grasp the deeper thrust of the verses, our Spirit.


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