Re: Inspirations for Gloranthan Myth

From: Nils Weinander <>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 09:09:51 +0200

John Hughes writes a lot of interesing myth parallells, which reminds me that it was a rather surprising revelation for me when I realized that Yelm borrows a lot from indian Shiva: he is both the great king and the lord of ashes. In his destroyer (Shargash) aspect he destroys the corrupt world to make place for the new, clean one.

In Vithelan myth, Vith is inspired from both Shiva and Vishnu. The god/antigod theme has parallells in indian myth. One conspicuous difference though is the lack of a destroyer aspect of the high gods of Vithela (though I have a very heretic idea for this as well).

~Or Osiris and Set in Egyptian Myth...Vith was Father of Good and Bad Daughter...

> The Bible does not seem to feature heavily in Greg's inspiration, but this
> may be to do with our cultural taboos about treating the Bible as myth. A
> pity in some sense, for the Old Testament is filled with heroes and
> tricksters and heroquests if we read it with our mythic senses tuned.

OTOH, the Malkioni remind us of both christianity and islam, and Hrestol has similarities both to Christ and the martyred saints.

~But this parallel fundamentally cannot be abused or converted for "Personal Uses".
~Before Chrisianity (Baal and El) Before Confucianism (Theocratic Culture)  Before Persian Islamism (Shah-Nameh and some Siahnic Books) are source of Glorantha.
~We can lead Orientalism and Curiosity about something for "Ancient".

One can also make a parallell between malkionism and ancient greek philosophy with the God Learners as pre-socratic natural philosophers and the modern malkioni theoogians as post-socratic moral philosophers.

~Yelmgatha : "I already knew I will die tomorrow, I never resist this fate. So please teach me, my son. Who killed my true sons and daughters, please under the true Light
of Yelm!"

~Doskalos : "For Light of Changing Red Phases and Kana Poor, you are lucky to die without knowing the truth."

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