January 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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My wife,Seika, seeing my dilemma with venues has kindly offered to host the next meetup complete with a few snacks.
In Joseph Campbell's work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces he outlines briefly the tale of The King of Erin and the Queen of the Lonesome Isle. In doing so he makes the observation that the main movers in the story appear to be Ireland's Bronze Age Goddesses.
Now while myths tend to be crafted from a particular perspective which is then reinforced through ritual; fairy tales (following the lead of Marie Lousie Von Franz in this field) often tend to show a collective pscychological dynamic, or process, reflecting the age in which they appear.
If this is the case then why do we have Bronze Age goddesses appearing in an Irish tale that was written down by Jeremiah Curtin in the 19th century? To quote T.S.Eliott:
Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?'
Let us go and make our visit.
And so we shall, it turns out that the motifs that make up myths are much the same as those underpinning many fairy tales. As both ultimately derive from the human psyche this is no surprise and it is also why apparently nonsensical tales can sometimes make an impression even as our trained mind tends to dismiss them. I shall try and tease out the motifs of this tale and also show their commonality with Irish mythology.
I realise it may be a bit awkward for people to get out this way but on the otherhand it saves on the expense of renting a venue and in January most people are skint.