Monthly Archives: November 2017

dog at beach haiku

we run with seaweed
and grace chases it, you say
wow, she loves the weed

 

-Mallory Whitten

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Historical Body Mechanics: Walk Medieval!

Historical Body Mechanics: Walk Medieval!

Theft of Fire

The theft of fire for the benefit of humanity is a theme that recurs in many world mythologies. Examples include:

 

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  • In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus steals the heavenly fire for humanity, enabling the progress of civilization.
  • According to the Rig Veda (3:9.5), the hero Mātariśvan recovered fire, which had been hidden from humanity.
  • In the Book of Enoch, the fallen angels and Azazel teach early humanity to use tools and fire.
  • In Polynesian myth, Māui stole fire from the Mudhens.[1]
  • In Cherokee myth, after Possum and Buzzard had failed to steal fire, Grandmother Spider used her web to sneak into the land of light. She stole fire, hiding it in a clay pot.[2]
  • Among various Native American tribes ofthe Pacific Northwest and First Nations, fire was stolen and given to humans by Coyote, Beaver or Dog.[3]
  • According to some Yukon First Nations people, Crow stole fire from a volcano in the middle of the water.[4]
  • According to the Creek Native Americans, Rabbit stole fire from the Weasels.[5]
  • In Algonquin myth, Rabbit stole fire from an old man and his two daughters.[6]
  • In Ojibwa myth, Nanabozho the hare stole fire and gave it to humans.
  • In one of the versions of Georgian myth, Amirani stole fire from metalsmiths, who refused to share it – and knowledge of creating it – with other humans.
  • In Norse Mythology Loki gains the secret of fire from an eagle in exchange for the hams and shoulders of sacrificed oxen[7]