Re: [tied] Ancient female figurines (was Medieval Dragons, dog/snak

From: CeiSerith@...
Message: 17901
Date: 2003-01-21

In a message dated 1/21/2003 11:10:37 AM Eastern Standard Time, glengordon01@... writes:

But *Yemos isn't the earth.  His skull becomes the sky, his brain the
>clouds, his eyes the sun and moon.  He is rather the cosmos.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. This is waaay too Norse-sounding to me. Of course,
you're talking about Ymir. Aside from Norse mythology, how might you
justify this view?

   Bruce Lincoln covers this is Myth, Cosmos and Society.  He draws on parallels from a number of IE societies, particularly Vedic.

>Personal theory:  as PIE society developed into a a complex one,

Problem number one: Define "complex". This sentence irks the budding
ethnologist in me.

   You're right; that is a loose term.  I mean by it a society in which there is considerable division of labor, where tasks become considerably specialized.

David Fickett-Wilbar