Wednesday, December 05, 2012
HIDDEN code IN FAIRY TALES?
Mention Death, and western society morphs into a gigundo ostrich with its head encased in cement.
I suspect our pre-patriarchal Goddess ancestors were on friendlier terms with death. They weren’t afraid to look death in the eye. They weren't afraid to talk to their kids about death. They weren't afraid to talk about it whilst slurping and smacking their lips over a bowl of mutton soup at the corner ale-house taverna.
Heide Goettner-Abendroth thinks fairy tales contain hidden messages from our pre-patriarchal ancestors. In The Goddess and Her Heros*, Heide says most fairy tales formerly contained a death/rebirth part. Over time, however, that part was stripped away.
* "Heros" is a Greek word. A heros was one who entered into sacred marriage with the Goddess (at certain times and in certain societies, of course).