>From: Richard Marsh <[log in to unmask]>
>The etymology is a link, not positive proof, but that and the fact that
>"the name originally meant 'one who intoxicates'" should be enough to
>enable most people's imagination to make that leap. Imagination,
>especially in the interpretation of myth and legend, is much more
>important than proof, though sciences such as archaeology and
>linguistics can provide useful keys and springboards.
The modern mind may make links that the medieval one would not--and vice
versa. Archaeology and linguistics are the proof that medieval and earlier
peoples made the same connections you have made.
>Because it's logical, at least in the logic of the subconscious, where
>the imagination resides, and I think most folklorists would agree.
It may be so in *your* imagination and subconscious. I'm asking for evidence
that it was so in an earlier period.
>"The literature", isn't everything. Modern historians are now coming
>round to the realisation that local lore is often more likely to be
>accurate than the writings of professional historians.
Really? My understanding is that modern historians regard lore as reflecting
*current* attitudes, not those of people hundreds of years earlier. Folk
consciousness chanegs in response to the passage of time and the pressure of
>As Christians think of a single God with "aspects" (Catholic "persons")
>of Father, Son and Holy Spirit? There is nothing wrong with a "modern
>view" as long as it doesn't distort the true picture.
I think it does distort the earlier attitude if the earlier attitude was
that all the different names represented distinct beings with competing
interests, not cooperative aspects of a single being. If you treat all the
different goddesses as different aspects of one being, you miss something
important: when the groups went to war against each other, each one invoked
their own deities. Sjoestedt even interprets some Continental figures as
depicting the triumph of one patron deity over another. I think your
interpretation imposes a different consciousness and mindset that obscures
the pre-Christian ones.
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