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Dear Wen: Cephalophores…

Dear Wen,

Ah yes, the infamous Cephalophores… which I am assuming means ‘head-bearer’, odd how the job-lot of them are depicted carrying the head in the centre of the chest rather than under the arm, like the horseman… or, alternatively not odd at all, if it represents ‘thinking with the heart’.

5 Pickering (18)The rape thing is all a bit unfortunate… but symbolically, perhaps, the ‘descent’ of the Divine could be regarded as a ‘rape’ of sorts… Is the conscious mind raped by the subconscious when dreaming?

I expect we are straying into ‘Dionysian’ or ‘Bacchic’ areas with that one.

It does seem strange that these types of tales were adopted by the church, and in some cases actively encouraged… or was it more a case of the ‘voice of the people’…

5 Pickering (3)I am definitely not getting into the water if it is one of ‘your’ wells.

I shall probably be transformed into something hideous, and black… and smelly… which dribbles…

Can’t we just translate it as ‘free-wine’ instead, a much better proposition all round I should think.

You will have to do without the Kites up here of course, although weirdly we did see that pair over the Raven-Stone that time…Do you remember?
As you know, although I hate to admit it I kind of have to side with the Daft Dog on that one…

ani cleaning 006Winter is definitely for hibernating in…

Don’t you dare tell him though… he’ll only start getting ideas about a writing partnership…


Don x

4 thoughts on “Dear Wen: Cephalophores…”

  1. ‘… Is the conscious mind raped by the subconscious when dreaming?…’ … only if one subscribes to the belief that they are separate and opposite things … the usual dichotomy of black=bad/white=good, christian=good/pagan=bad, man=good/woman=bad, consciousness=good/subconscious=bad, etc.
    I find myself having a small internal cringe when I come across the word ‘rape’ when used in context of anything other than actual rape, ie one person doing it to another person. and especially when used by a man who has not experienced rape. (which is not to disparage you, Don) this is an opinion from a woman who has lived three-score years in a patriarchal society as a woman.
    I’ve had similar thoughts of late about the word ‘porn’ too … how the advent of ‘food-porn’ and car-porn’, etc, dilutes the dehumanisation of porn and merely highlights and makes acceptable the pleasure of the observer/user.
    Interesting ruminations, sparked by that one question, on this Saturday evening as the season closes in. 🙂

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