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From: Carsten Dominik <dominik@science.uva.nl>
To: Detlef Steuer <detlef.steuer@gmx.de>
Cc: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: [OT] Re: unicorn
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:17:10 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <7C3A71E8-80A6-4671-9A8B-7EEB7B334F50@uva.nl> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20090228131806.2d69134d@rechenknecht.site>

On Feb 28, 2009, at 1:18 PM, Detlef Steuer wrote:

>> I teach several courses in mythology at my university (it's my area  
>> of
>> concentration), and I feel inclined to say that the unicorn, as a
>> mythological animal, does not have any type of queer of emasculating
>> connotation in myth. In fact, it is sometimes quite a masculine  
>> animal
>> that is related to the stag in the grail quest (the stag stabs,  
>> with his
>> antler, the inner thigh of the grail knight, thus showing the stag's
>> greater masculinity). These animals are symbols of divinity,
>> essentially, of the fusion of purity and power. They don't really  
>> have a
>> sexual connotation other than the idea of generative power (like the
>> bull). Queer is a new idea in myth; it's about fifty years old. Myth
>> itself, on the other hand, is about 70,000 years old. So, the
>> application of queer terminology to mythological items such as  
>> unicorns
>> is a modern practice which has no real impact on ancient myths and  
>> myth
>> items such as the unicorn. In a thousand years we will still have  
>> myths
>> of the unicorn, but the idea of queer will probably have evolved into
>> something else (it already is evolving into something else...).
>> As to the question of whether or not unicorns still exist (see org  
>> FAQ),
>> this falls within the same domain as the question of whether Atlantis
>> exists. The answer (as much as there can be one) is that they do  
>> exist,
>> as mythological items that Carl Jung called "archetypal;" they are
>> essential to, and foundational of, human nature. They will always  
>> be a
>> part of human culture, and exist timelessly in that sense whether  
>> or not
>> they exist in fact.
>> I can hardly ever contribute anything useful to this list. Today is  
>> an
>> exception.
> Thank you very much! Posts like these convince me, that org-mode
> is a very nice and capable filter to find people who are worth  
> listening to.
> Carsten, you started building a tool and what you've got is a real
> interdisciplinary fan group!

:-)  Yes, it is quite beautiful...

- Carsten

  reply	other threads:[~2009-02-28 19:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-02-25 21:58 unicorn Raimund Kohl-Füchsle
2009-02-26 20:19 ` unicorn Carsten Dominik
2009-02-27 11:12   ` unicorn Bastien
2009-02-27 11:21     ` unicorn Carsten Dominik
2009-02-27 18:33       ` unicorn Ross A. Laird
2009-02-28 12:18         ` [OT] unicorn Detlef Steuer
2009-02-28 19:17           ` Carsten Dominik [this message]
2009-02-28 16:17         ` OT " Carsten Dominik
2009-02-28 18:37           ` Ross A. Laird
2009-02-28 19:35             ` Carsten Dominik
2009-02-28 20:56               ` Ross A. Laird
2009-03-01 13:26                 ` Jason F. McBrayer
2009-02-27 18:47       ` unicorn Russell Adams
2009-02-27 19:34         ` unicorn Christopher Suckling
2009-03-01 23:22           ` unicorn Tim Burt
2011-04-07 20:38           ` unicorn Nick Dokos
2011-04-08 16:13             ` unicorn Bastien
2009-02-27 19:56       ` unicorn J Aaron Farr
2009-02-27 18:35     ` unicorn Jason F. McBrayer
     [not found]   ` <874oyfh01a.fsf@gmx.ch>
2009-03-18 12:53     ` unicorn Carsten Dominik

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