Most traditional mythologies, the world over,
treat of a ‘Divine Brew’ or intoxicant.
The Greek Gods and Godesses had their ‘Ambrosia’,
The Vedic Indian Divinities their ‘Soma’, and so on…
In many instances this liquid,
for such it invariably is,
was also, in part, responsible
for maintaining the divinity of the Gods,
or, looked at another way, for conferring
that divinity in the first place!
Small wonder then, that Odin is so keen
to retrieve ‘Kvasir’s Blood’ and that
he alone should have been tasked with the quest…
This very specialness, though, may occlude
the fact that its constituents are
very ordinary or everyday;
spittle, blood, honey…
We are not talking plutonium,
or uranium, or even gold, here!
But we may as well be…
Which in turn might make us think
that if these substances are so ordinary
then maybe divinity, despite appearances
to the contrary, is open to one and all?
Or, at least, that perhaps it should be…