Introducing Chris Graham, otherwise known as The Story Reading Ape, champion of Indie authors and all round good ape. What you may not know is just how cultured an ape he actually is, but I had realised this from his many intelligent comments on my mythology posts. Impressed, I asked him to write a guest post for my blog. This is what I got…
When Ali asked me to consider writing a guest post for her blog; on my interest in mythology, my first reaction was ‘WHAT?’
Then I thought ‘How on earth can I avoid sounding like a furry Erich Von Daniken?’
Finally, I realised that everyone already thinks I’m just a crazy / Mad as a Hatter / eccentric (minus the riches) old ape, so I might as well GO FOR IT…
Have you ever wondered where all the strange and exotic creatures may have come from in our myths and legends?
Plus, what actually happened in the past to make legendary events… well…
I’m sure we’ve all got different opinions, but bear with me for a while (go fix yourself some refreshments, this might take a while lol)
For the purposes of this article, let’s look at a list of some mythical creatures (this will NOT be all of them, but these are believed in almost worldwide with only the local names differing):
DRAGONS have to be top of the list.
GIANTS / TITANS.
FAIRIES / FAERIES
DEVILS / DEMONS / ANGELS / GODS
I better get on with it then…
Cough, clears throat, takes drink of water (WATER you doubting Thomas at the back…some people…I don’t know…)
Now, where was I?
“DRAGONS” I hear someone shout…
Time for an interesting (and colourful) map:
Imagine yourself as a pre-historic person out foraging for food and generally minding your own business when SUDDENLY, sticking out of the ground / hill / riverbed / seashore sand / bog you see what looks like a… a… what the heck IS that called?
So, it’s a quick scamper back to the village / cave / tree / whatever, to ask the Chief / Shaman / Witchdoctor / Wise Woman / oldest person you know, what the thing is called.
Have YOU ever tried describing something you’ve never seen before?
After a while the person you’re asking will say something like “Shut up and take me to it you idiot” and you duly comply…along with probably the rest of the village / tribe / family / whatever (apart from those whose duty it is to make the meals).
Upon arrival at the scene of the find, everyone gathers round to hear the words of wisdom and knowledge from the wise and knowledgeable person…who looks long and hard at the object, sends the smallest (and most expendable) person over to touch it, and bring it back with them (if it hasn’t killed / destroyed / made them burst into flames / eaten them first).
The wise person didn’t get to be wise by being stupid…
Anyway, possibly with more help, the object is uncovered completely, cleaned up a bit and brought over to the wise person to inspect closely (now that it has been established as safe).
Today, any two year old would immediately identify the object as a DINOSAUR skull…a four year old could probably identify WHICH ONE…but wise as they are, the wise person does not have the benefit of watching National Geographic on his cave / hut wall so has to take a calculated risk and make up a name and story to go along with it…(have you ever told someone the name of something they’ve never heard of, then ended up describing it, complete with a story that describes how it works?)
Thereby were DRAGONS BORN…
Don’t believe me?
When the Ancient Greeks uncovered some long extinct Mammoth bones and skulls during one of their City State Capital projects, or cutting tunnels through mountains to bring water from somewhere else to it, they arrived at the considered opinion that giant one eyed man-like creatures existed in the dim and distant past, during the AGE OF HEROES…
Right that’s enough waffling from me on this subject.
What about the GIANTS/ TITANS, TROLLS, ELVES, DWARVES, GNOMES, FAIRIES / FAERIES, DEVILS / DEMONS / ANGELS / GODS?
Oh that’s a story for another day I think, besides, to quote the Sce’ali (Storyteller) in the pub in the movie ‘The Quiet Man’…
“Me TROAT is very dry”
Thanks Chris! I am truly honoured to have you on my blog today!
If you don’t already follow his blog, take the time to drop by now, as not only does he interview and review authors and their books, guest post them, and promote them, but he lists a wealth of information and resources perfect for the Indie, and can even create book covers and trailers at very reasonable rates! There’s just no end to this multi-talented Ape’s skills…