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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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Date:October 13th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Etruscans are vastly different than the IE cultures that appeared later around them. They will seem a bit strange and unfamiliar.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Date:October 13th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
The most basic response to that is probably, "Well, they aren't IE." But really, the Etruscans are a bit of a mystery. We don't know where they came from, nor do we have a lot of writing. A lot of stuff, we just guess about, really.

But we have some pretty good guesses. I generally find inspiration from them, not fact, though. I make a far fluffier Etruscan than I do Celt.

I did once hear a very intersting talk about Situla art, though. Unfortunately, what I remember most is that the guy speaking talked for far, far too long.

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