Saturday, 25 February 2017
Myth And History
This kind of experience can occur in two kinds of narratives:
a fantasy assuming the literal existence of gods and goddesses;
a narrative set in our world, where such experiences are attested.
Some of the language used here could also be used by a monotheist:
"...an awareness vast beyond all understanding."
We understand what was meant by the observation that the novel's two themes are myth and technology. See here.
Which god was to be regarded as supreme was an issue of power politics in the ancient world: "In hoc signo vinces." (See here)
Sheila is reading The Silk Roads. Its opening pages refer to:
cities named after Alexander;
the Hindu Kush;
the Roman Empire;
Readers of this blog will know how all these names feature in works by Poul Anderson.