A better half to Greek Mythology provides a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek delusion from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their japanese Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
• positive aspects essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
• contains insurance of Greek myth's intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to themes in mythology which are frequently inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman sessions in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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Old men of the senior sets enjoy considerable prestige, but they only dominate the village in subtle, unformalised ways, through esoteric knowledge, and reputation as sorcerers. The principle of seniority is carried so far that it even prevents any strong leadership emerging in the person of the village chief. The man who carries this title is qualified by being the oldest man in the village. Since by definition he is approaching senility, he has little real power. There is no centre of authority in the village and, moreover, it is customary to avoid public responsibility.
They can strike a village with sickness. In all their acts they do not behave capriciously. The study of their ways is the diviner’s secret lore. This is the official view of the spirits, held by the diviners, and which influences their practice of medicine. There are also popular fancies about them, told to children, or believed by the uninitiated. The thin wreaths of mist twisting up from the forest in the early morning are said to be smoke from the night fires of the spirits. A man walking alone in a strange forest at night may find his hair stiffening, his body pouring with cold sweat, his heart beating madly.
End of hunt. Still no pig. At this stage, Bikwak, the diviner in charge, went away temporarily, and the medicines were suspended until his return. 26 Essays on the implicit 5 March. A hunt without medicines, undertaken because they wanted to taste meat. One red duiker only killed. This time failure to kill more was not ascribed to moral or religious conditions. The two best dog-owners were absent, and neither of their two juniors knew the forest so well. Several animals had been put up by the dogs, but had slipped between the waiting hunters.