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How much reading is necessary? Is it just a question of 'just enough knowledge'? A matter of 'once you have the message, hang up the phone'? Or is it necessary to follow the history of poetry and philosophy through the ages and places? At a time of confusion I comforted myself by applying the word 'idiosyncrasy' to all the world's myths, legends, folktales and traditions, the idea being that the form that these myths assume is not the whole story, though neither is it entirely irrelevant. The shape of a myth, when all the forking branches of the tree are accounted for, will reveal the sum of a culture, a history, a story of all the greater and lesser gods of a people, so to speak. But of equal importance is the spatial and creative relations between the forking branches, specifically the permutations over time, the outliers — the transformative processes by which myth is propogated, diluted, renewed, forked, dissolved.
This is necessarily a study in secondary sourcing. But what if, taking the world for the myth it is, we turned to the primary source that is available to all of us directly, has always been available to us directly, and perhaps as a result, swept under the rug. The emergence of a self from the primordial mud and mirth of childhood, the development of linguistic and symbolic associations, the fall from innocence into the corporeal world that occurs in adolescence, all of this forms a direct parallel to the awakening of man from prehistory into literature, history, and recognition.
Is it possible the knowledge that humanty's most ancient myths and rites tempts us with us directly accessible by a comprehensive study of the magical and ritualistic thinking that we all experienced in childhood? Is it moreover possible, that the allure of ancient myth and prehistoric consciousness, is in fact itself a projection of the lost world of childhood?



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