Re: Etruscan and other fun?
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 25, 2005, 14:56|
Andreas Johansson skrev:
> 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.
Snorri placed Oðinn on the lower course of the river Don in present-day
Ukraine, which was indeed home to the Kipçak Turks in his day.
> 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.
Indeed, and he chose the latter option.
> * I should perhaps say story, since there's AFAIK nothing to indicate it was
> ever a myth in the technical sense.
There is every reason to believe Snorri made up the story himself.
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se
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