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Mythology - The Wounded King

To: alt.magick
From: glass@panix.com (Robert Scott Martin)
Subject: Re: Mythology - The Wounded King
Date: 23 Feb 2003 16:36:01 -0500

In article <27b9180b.0302230407.49b9a8c9@posting.google.com>,
indigoganesh  wrote:

>Ideally any insights as to how this myth fits into the framework of
>the technical language of Myth as outlined in _Hamlet's Mill_.

Aha. That helps. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any existing work of
this type: since the MILL is fairly marginalised within mythic
scholarship, it just hasn't been practical so far to publish much
follow-up research. Trevor Ravenscroft has some astrological/fisherking 
material in CUP OF DESTINY, but he comes out of a completely different 
direction and is not exactly rigorous besides.

In addition, most discussion of the eternal wound trope has been
prognostic (how do we fix this?) in nature rather than the diagnostic
(what is this?) analysis you seem to want. And most people who analyse the 
wound do so from non-mythological contexts: modernist theology, 
existential shudders, born broken.

I'm a bit busy over the next week or so, but will try to cobble something 
together for you as a pointer. First thing I'd look at would be the 
various conceptual holes in the sky -- the black sun, the austral polestar 
-- as well as the "injury" that put our helicoid wobble into the circle of 
the year. Repairing the "wound" rectifies the calendar, and then you can 
actually get your planting done.


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