“Long away and far ago. To me, there’s more to those stories.” Every culture has a set of stories that, once, were held in firm belief.
There was Zeus, of the Ancient Grecians.
Odin, from long-lost Norse texts. Raijin, who was said to dwell in a newly created Japan. The illustrious list goes on and on, seemingly endless.
Erzulie, Chango, Bastet, Priapus – the names and stories stretch on, immortalized, yet now, seemingly nothing more than a myth.
Brave warriors like Hercules and Achilles became immortal but also became reduced to mere legends.
Who’s to say whether these were true or not; they happened too far in the past for any one man or woman to say yea or nay on.
We’re here to shine a light on these mythological figures and deities, and find the lines that stretch out between them. The stories might differ from land to land, and region to region.
The names and places are never the same, and there’s always at least one small detail that doesn’t match up - such as the personalities of Jupiter and Zeus, his Grecian and Roman versions.
The thing is, some parts do.
Chinese, Indian Vedic, and Norse mythology all speak of a cosmic giant that is killed to create the world. Vedic Indian, Chinese, and German mythology all have myths featuring a “Cosmic Tree” whose branches reach heaven and whose roots reach hell.
But I think that they serve as more than just a truth or a lie. I believe that they can serve as a roadmap for the future. It might not be obvious at first glance but, at least to yours truly, it’s most certainly there.
We use them as markers – the Aegis Shield has become an insurance moniker, showing their roots in defending others.
Morphine can be credited to Morpheus, a Greek god known for using his massive wings to aid those lost in nightmares.
Watch brands borrow name and might from the primordial creator Chronos, who was divine time personified in days of olde, when he walked with the goddess of Destiny and the cosmos.
Why not learn from Icarus, who became too proud of his own accomplishments and suffered for it?
Why not learn from Tyr, who sacrificed his own hand in order to benefit the community?
There’s a lot of conjunctures wrapped around these stories of long ago, but there are many blatantly obvious lessons, as well.
It should be easy to draw from them and not repeat the mistakes of our past – and yet there are few who attempt to do that.
It’s what we do in school when we’re taught the history of our people.
We look at those books and think, that’s how it should be done, and we think, that’s not how it should have played out, and we decide all on our own how to let those lessons affect both our future and the future of our society.
So, Is it really that big of a leap to go back even farther and use these legends passed around for decades as part of our roadmap?
The lines are there. And the dots. The starts, the stops, and the in between’s.
All that needs to be done is to open up our eyes and minds a little bit wider and take it all in.
And then make the connections.
Go on then.