Herodotos on bestiality

January 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I’m browsing texts about Dionysos worship, and came across a piece where historian Herodotos writes about Egyptian sacrificial animals.

First:
“Moreover in my lifetime there happened in that district this marvel, that is to say a he-goat had intercourse with a woman publicly, and this was so done that all men might have evidence of it.”

Then, a couple of sentences later:
“Now to the other gods the Egyptians do not think it right to sacrifice swine; but to the Moon and to Dionysos alone at the same time and on the same full-moon they sacrifice swine, and then eat their flesh: and as to the reason why, when they abominate swine at all their other feasts, they sacrifice them at this, there is a story told by the Egyptians; and this story I know, but it is not a seemly one for me to tell.”

Public bestiality is okay, but the reason for sacrificing pigs is too horrible? What the hell?

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Kalevala fans, unite!

January 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I made a Facebook fan group for Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. I can’t believe there wasn’t one before. Join it!

I also tested out Wordlea and created an abridged version of Kalevala. The common words are bigger. I’d say this is pretty accurate. The central characters have the big words, then there’s lots of saying and speaking.

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