Re: Men vs Women on Conlang
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 19, 2002, 3:58|
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steg Belsky" <draqonfayir@...>
> > On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 17:14:51 -0500 Sally Caves <scaves@...>
> > writes:
> > > She was a warrior feline. Appropriated by humans, her name means
> > > "Red
> > > River," and can refer to the carnage she leaves behind or her own
> > > fatal
> > > menstruation.
> > "or her own fatal menstruation"? I'm not sure i want to ask. But i
> > do...
> > -Stephen (Steg)
> Awwww, maaaan, this list full of mostly men! :) :) :)
Okay, Steg, that was not a great answer. Here's a better one. She's now a
RIVER, Steg... Andreas convinced me. Pelnarn Pamnerik refers to a huge
river in Menarila (or is it Rordaly?) full of brick-red mud (pam + nerik)
and rapids, that floods its banks regularly, sweeps debris down to villages,
falls in torrents, and takes its name from the muddy river goddess who was
considered a warrior. The river is both her carnage and, more devilishly,
her menses, looked upon by the T. as a sign of death: the demise of an ovum,
the failure of a conception, the sweeping away of the mother's life-giving
blood. Like Artemis, I suppose, this warrior goddess never mated. She
sowed violence, shattered marriages by taking the young men. She is the
headstrong sister of the Goddess of War and Strategy--a more reasonable
deity who is nonetheless just as barren, her womb full of warriors conceived
by herself alone. The River Pamnerik has a tendency to flood under the full
moon, at least that's how the legend must go. The River wants your life.
It is treacherous to cross. Bridges have been built over it but a blessing
must be said when you cross them. Sometimes the ghostly figure of a woman
on a red horse, leading a pack of red wolves, blocks your way. There are
some charms you can say against the vehswon or demons.
Eskkoat ol ai sendran, rohsan nuehra celyil takrem bomai nakuo.
"My shadow follows me, putting strange, new roses into the world."