Re: Disease questions

From: John Machin <orichalka_at_JSUjVPg1vZK5dDhfmI5pkByPr7bb1GqmDevqFDefmBPmWMzh-8g3qUawDeC5-dlO-y>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:09:51 +1100

Would Yelm "delegate" this to a less savoury servant (Shargash?)?

I imagine Yelm punishing by withholding protection, or by permitting his servants to let disaster escape from the Underworld rather than to rain down sickness himself.

2008/12/20 Peter Metcalfe <>

> 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
> burning.
> --Peter Metcalfe

John Machin
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- Athanasius Kircher, 'The Great Art of Knowledge'.

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