The Divine Feminine: Contrasting Irish Mythology’s Conceptions of Equality in Marriage with Post-British Subjugation Ideals of Womanhood
Many people today can associate with the classic tale of leprechauns and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. This tale is a recurring myth within the realm of Celtic mythology. Celtic mythology was an integral part of ancient history throughout the British Isles especially Ireland. Authors of this magnificent form of literature have created stories that were based on the events of that time period and their works have transcended to future generations up until today. Overall, Celtic mythology and folklore has had a magnanimous impact on the world in lending itself for priceless amusable, educational, and historical excellence.
The Quest Archetype When examining various cultural myths, one archetype keeps repeating—the image of the quest. This archetype functions with various different mythologies as a method of learning about the world, both its external features and what is inside the self. The quest comes from ancient origins and is found in Classical Western culture, but has been fine tuned through the generations. In its most modern interpretations, there are continuing elements of the age old myth, where extenuating circumstances or hubris, place the hero in turmoil and needing to find an answer. Having additional sexual charges, it is clear that through the quest, adulthood is not only reached but embraced. This answer represents a completeness of being,
John Greenleaf Whittier's "Skipper Ireson's Ride" The Women of Marblehead In the opening stanza of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "Skipper Ireson's Ride," we learn of the "strangest ride that was ever sped." The ride was taken by Floyd Ireson, we are told, and it was not a pleasant one, for he was "Tarred and feathered and carried in a cart." The people who were in charge of the cart, we learn at the end of the first stanza, are "the women of Marblehead."
Scandinavian Paganism, more commonly known as Norse Mythology, was a popular polytheistic religion during the Anglo-Saxon time period. It is believed to have been derived from the culture of Germanic Paganism. According to Norse Mythology, at the center of the universe lies the greatest ash tree, known as Yggdrasil, whose roots and branches spread across the universe connecting each of the nine realms of Aesir, giants, and Niflheim. The world was believed to have been created by the body of Ymir, a giant that was killed and dismembered by the first gods. His flesh created the earth, his bones formed the mountains, and his blood filled the seas.
The so called hero is the one that accepts the limits of what it means to be a human,while giving courage and helping others around him or her yet the one who is the “hero” in this story does the contrary.As he refuse to confront the limits of what it means to be a human.As well as he shows how selfish he is since he cares only about what helps him and not what helps his Village to be in a better state of matter.According to facts of being a hero he is definitely not one at all. That person that is described above is the famous Gilgamesh.In Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative,translated by Herbert Mason,Gilgamesh goes on a quest to find eternal life in the end he learns that the quest itself is futile,as revealed by the ironic tone and the three main symbols in the story which are, his dream of him failing,the sacred stones which are supposed to lead him to his goal, and the serpent that takes away his dream.Through the early stages of his journey Gilgamesh has this rare dream which happens to cross his mindset and changes his whole state of mind and with that his journey changes too.This odd scene occurs in Gilgamesh’s village which is called Uruk.The main characters present are of course him himself and ninsun.As presented with the following evidence: “As if a sign from heaven Had been sent which is too heavy But which you will try to lift And drive away, and fail, But I have never failed before he interrupted her…”(19).The evidence provided earlier elaborates on how Gilgamesh
Heroes in classical mythology are often compared with gods and are seen to be more akin to gods than mortal men. They are famously known for the quests or the deeds carried out by them. These quests usually do not take place near where they originate from. They need to travel long distances and usually transgress geographical, cosmological and physical boundaries. During these quests, they come across and have to interact with a range of divine and supernatural creatures, objects, and people. In doing so, they can be seen helping keep the society more ordered and civilized. Due to their deeds they too like gods have their own cults and/or are worshipped. Many of the heroes also gain apotheosis (immorality). Heroes can have divine parentage which classifies them as hemitheoi (half gods/ demi-gods). All these qualities of heroes truly makes them more akin to gods than mortal men.
All great heros have a special quality about them. Whether it be a superhero, a mythical hero, or even just a regular person with great moral values, Gilgamesh is no exception when it comes to exemplifying characteristics of being an archetypal hero. In The Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh possesses supernatural abilities that the gods granted him, such as being ⅔ god and ⅓ man, goes on a challenging quest by foot that tests how far he will go to achieve immortality, and comes across many supernatural worlds, the main one being Utnapishtim’s dwelling.
“Gilgamesh is often characterized as the archetypal hero’s story. But is Gilgamesh truly a hero? Some would call him a villain which side do you take?” In Gilgamesh chapter one talks about how Gilgamesh is terrifying and overpowering. He sacrifices warriors whenever he feels like fighting. He also rapes his noble wives and takes whatever he wants from people and doesn’t feel bad. He also tramples and kills anyone who gets in his way. In the book an old man named Urule states, “A king is supposed to protect his subjects like a shepherd, not harass them like a wild ox.” The gods then listened and then told the god of creation Aruru since she made Gilgamesh, that she must make someone strong enough to stand up against him. The god of
People have their own preferences on certain physical attributes when it comes to choosing. For instance, people tend to prefer a certain shade of color and may pick out something based on outer characteristics, rather than quality or use. Generally, when people go shopping, they scan the aisles for the
The Druids and the Celtic temple were outlawed when the Roman Emperor Claudius came to rule Great Britain. A Roman temple was established in its place. Under Roman rule the British continued to worship Celtic deities, such as Ancasta, but it was in conflict with the Roman deities like Mars. Governor Publius Ostorius Scapula established laws requiring attendance of all citizens at the new Roman temple . The religious decree was strictly enforced. Most citizens attended the temple regularly, but the religious decree created a hostile environment. Elspeth Bains, a young British native, did not mind the religious decree. She was usually walking into the Roman Temple as the horns were played.
An origin myth is a myth that purports to describe the origin of some feature of the natural or social world. One type
In my classroom, we were reading “Retold Northern European Myths." One of the myths I was reading is named “The Boyhood of Cuchulain”. I think the message of this myth is if you want something, first you need to earn it, you can’t
When the average person thinks about Vikings they probably imagine muscular, wild eyed, bearded men ready for battle. Some aspects of that statement might be true, however there are a lot of misconceptions about the Vikings. One of the most common myths surrounding the Vikings is that they wore horned helmets, while in fact the helmets they adorned were much more conservative, usually comprised of a leather rounded cap with metal reinforcements often including a face guard. The idea that Vikings wore horned helmets was introduced in the 19th century when they became a romanticized group of people. Gerry Larson an avid explorer of Norwegian heritage says that, “Romantic authors did not know what sort of equipment the heroes of the sagas had
In old times, humankind has looked to utilize stories to clarify the world in which it lives. Similarly, as old man utilized stories of divine beings and creatures to clarify the world; superior person utilizes stories of exceptional legends and colossal scoundrels to do likewise (Stuller). Comic books are modern