The Gardens of Adonis: Spices in Greek Mythology by Marcel Detienne

By Marcel Detienne

Wealthy with implications for the historical past of sexuality, gender matters, and styles of Hellenic literary imagining, Marcel Detienne's landmark publication recasts long-standing rules concerning the fertility delusion of Adonis. the writer demanding situations Sir James Frazer's thesis that the plants god Adonis-- whose untimely dying was once mourned by way of girls and whose resurrection marked a joyous occasion--represented the once a year cycle of progress and rot in agriculture. utilizing the analytic instruments of structuralism, Detienne exhibits as an alternative that the fairs of Adonis depict a seductive yet impotent and fruitless deity--whose actual ineptitude resulted in his loss of life in a boar hunt, and then his physique was once present in a lettuce patch. Contrasting the gala's of Adonis with the solemn ones devoted to Demeter, the goddess of grain, he unearths the previous as a parody and negation of the establishment of marriage.Detienne considers the short-lived gardens that Athenian girls planted in mockery for Adonis's pageant, and explores the functionality of such vegetal subject as spices, mint, myrrh, cereal, and rainy vegetation in non secular perform and in a big variety of myths. His inquiry exposes, between many stuff, attitudes towards sexual actions starting from "perverse" acts to marital kinfolk.

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He lies on the ground like a corpse and thus lures down a bird from Above which believes itself to be the hunter only to find that it is the quarry. However, differences between the two hunts are to be found at the very heart of their similarities. First, where the preliminary hunt is concerned, whereas the Hidatsa hunter himself kills the small animal that is to serve as bait, it is an eagle that catches the hare that Phylios then uses to lure the vultures down. In The Perfumes ofArabia The Gardens of Adonis 22 fact the whole story makes it quite clear that the eagle half-kills the hare and Phylios finishes off the hunt: the eagle attacks a living creature which it then drops, half-dead, to the ground instead of carrying it off to its eyrie.

There are three main differences, relating to length of life, degree of combustion and type of food and all of them reveal the Phoenix to be a super-eagle. [l26] The difference between these two kinds of burning corresponds to the relationship that each of these two birds has with spices: the eagle only needs to be rubbed with an ointment of myrrh, while all the most precious spices must be heaped together when the Phoenix is cremated. A kind of identity of substance exists between the Phoenix and spices to which the bird's entire behaviour bears witness.

The condemned men have then only to seek out the eyries and, when the eagle has satisfied its hunger and abandoned its post, to appropriate the gems that have been left there among the bones. In collecting these precious stones the buds of the heights behave like vultures even though they belong to the eagle species. They are attracted not by living prey but by victims which, although freshly slaughtered, are nevertheless already more or less destined to rot. There is an obvious resemblance between this myth about collecting precious stones and the one about the collection of cinnamon.

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