Re: Disease questions

From: Peter Metcalfe <metcalph_at_mZg_eWAq1z1Ymj9M3i3UPie-60NGlJTpSKUjNUDaxVGSwmBL1g2JJebZ8M2u7elPc6y>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 23:11:37 +1300

At 02:11 p.m. 20/12/2008, you wrote:

>Would it not have an HQ equivalent based on Yelmic myths about Yelm
>overcoming Mallia?

For an alternative view, one could have diseases as being sent by Yelm as punishment for sins. After all, the first book of the Iliad features Apollo inflicting pestilence on the Greeks with his bow and arrows.

         It was the son of Jove and Leto; for he was
         angry with the king and sent a pestilence upon
         the host to plague the people, because the son
         of Atreus had dishonoured Chryses his priest.


         [Apollo] came down furious from the summits of Olympus,
         with his bow and his quiver upon his shoulder, and
         the arrows rattled on his back with the rage that
         trembled within him. He sat himself down away from the
         ships with a face as dark as night, and his silver bow rang death
         as he shot his arrow in the midst of them. First he smote their
         mules and their hounds, but presently he aimed his shafts at the
         people themselves, and all day long the pyres of the dead were

--Peter Metcalfe            

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