(urth) Spring Wind
severiansola at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 23 07:01:34 PDT 2010
>Spring Wind = March, i.e. Mars, father of Romulus and Remus.
>Early Summer = June, i.e. Juno, mother of Mars.
>I think that the tale can be wholly explained in terms of stories that
>exist now - Romulus and Remus and Mowgli being the main sources, with secondary ones
>including Moses, the Pilgrim Fathers, and a story I'm sure I've heard, though I'm not
>sure where, about a virgin who became a mother with the help of a flower.
Excellent analysis Andrew! There are a number of mythological stories about virgins and
plant impregnation (likely stories, indeed!). But perhaps the most relevant one
connects to your analysis, though does not involve a virgin.
According to one Roman legend, Juno, being jealous of Jupiter's motherless birthing of
Minerva, sought aid from Flora, goddess of flowers and fertility. Flora used foxglove in
a certain manner on Juno to produce her fatherless offspring, Mars.
I'm less than confident that identifying such mythological origins makes the story "wholly
explained" though. In the other thread I mention the very similar- Tale of the Student and
His Son. We could say this story is wholly explained as a conflation of the stories of Theseus,
Jason, Perseus, Erebus/Nyx, Iroquois Corn Maiden, Monitor and Merrimac, etc.
But then Severian openly ties this story to Abaia. Simply by parallel, The Tale of the Boy
Called Frog might also refer to a "real" character in BotNS. In that light, Typhon/Spring Wind
seems hard to casually dismiss, for me.
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