Sunday, February 24, 2013

Epics, Sagas, and Stories

The earliest stories from Wales can be view as part of the family tree.  They are in effect, the links we share to the past that help us understand where we have been as humans that share this thing called life.  The following shows another text that has been fun to read.  It is the account of the "Princes of Dyfed".

The cover shows its age, being published in 1914 by Katherine Tingley.  In her preface she writes:

"The deepest truths of religion and philosophy had their first recording for the instruction of the peoples, not in the form of treaties, essay, or disquisition, but as epics, sagas, and stories."

A picture taken from the inside of the title page is shown:

I guess it was her view of the symbols of the stories contained within.  The dragon is central, just below the flaming sword held high.   The dragon's wing encircles a harp, the symbol of song and the bard.  Oxen are shown in the lower right which represent "The Exalted Oxen" [Nynnio and Peibio] who were tamed by Hu who led the people from the "Summer Country" into the "Island of the Mighty, ages before..."  It is of interest to me that the first act of Hu was to plow the land thus making it theirs. [A word for "plow" is first seen in the writing of the Sumerians.]  Epics, sages, and stories...the eternal dramas of the world.  These are from Wales.

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