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October 12th, 2005


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06:45 pm - Etruscan Reliefs and the Priest
I'm looking at a few Etruscan reliefs today. The first has intrigued me since I first saw it: two young men wrestle a stag to the ground, the first with his arms around the animal's muscular neck and the other with one hand on an antler and the other on a back leg. The scene amazes me with action.



The second is a set of reliefs about the transit of the sun. I'm staring at them, seeing the story but unable to articulate it. The rising sun from the sea, the dawn, the transit, the morning star that precedes him, the stars that shine above, and the hero who this myth centers around.



When I see these reliefs, I see the stories. I watch them dance through my mind, scenes shifting and shaping before my mind's eye. I catch fragments of rituals that enact these scenes, these myths that the icons portray.

The Priest is slowly waking up.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Railroad Lady", -JB

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From:styskel
Date:October 13th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
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As far as the first one goes, it looks to me like the left figure is holding the antler back so the man trying to pull it to the ground doesn't get gored by it. I think I've seen something like that before demonstrated with real people, and what the rear guy is doing is trying to protect the guy up front and make the quadraped less sturdily balanced, so that the guy in front can actually have a chance to pull it over.
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From:singingwren
Date:October 13th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
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The leg makes sense, but the antler still has me. You say he's keeping him from being gored...? Hmm, that would make the direction his fingers are facing much more sensible... yes, I could run with that. Especially since you have apparently witnessed deer-wrangling in person (WTF?) It's just that he doesn't look like he's TRYING... if the deer were really trying to gore him, he would have to be straining to keep that antler from ending up in our other friend's eyes/stomach/whatever. Unless the deer is trying really hard to stand up but not to gore anybody. In which case, it's not very smart.

Ah, well. Watch it turn out that the figure on the left is a god and he's going to exchange severe words with me for publically criticizing his wrangling technique. :P
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From:styskel
Date:October 13th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I see what you mean... but with how far the antler is pulled back, I think that it may be beyond the strength of the animal to pull back.

And I believe I saw it on TV, like Discovery or TLC or the National Geographic chanel.
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From:singingwren
Date:October 13th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
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Ah, I see.

I had the strangest mental image of you at some sort of weird hillbilly rodeo, touting a frothy beer and watching men in hunting camo wrangling stags. I don't know, I figured it must be some sort of folk custom or something.

*laughs*

Now I want to try it.
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From:styskel
Date:October 13th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
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We could go on a month long backpacking trip, eating only what we can forage and catch (and wrestle to the ground). It'd be great.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 13th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
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Hey, sounds good to me.

I get to to be the one who grabs the leg and the antler (and does it right!)

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