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Re: Etruscan and other fun?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, September 25, 2005, 12:38
Quoting R A Brown <ray@...>:

> Michael Adams wrote:
> > Me, still trying to figure out how much of Norse myth is more two cultures > > colliding, and mixing.. > > Eh? What's this to do with migrations into and out of Asia Minor/ > Anatolia? I'll leave this for our Nordic conlangers to deal with (if > they are so minded).
I suppose he might be thinking of the idea that the myth* of the war between the Aesir and the Vanir reflects a takeover of Scandinavia by a people from Anatolia. Snorri, IIRC, asserts that Odin was an Anatolian conman who managed to set up himself as god-king at Uppsala. That's assuming that Snorri's "Turkland" is indeed Anatolia. I think there's every reason to think that Snorri was indulging in a bit of historizing rationalization of older stories. As a Christian, he pretty much had to explain Odin as either a demon or as an apotheoisized human. * I should perhaps say story, since there's AFAIK nothing to indicate it was ever a myth in the technical sense. Andreas


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