Re: Re: The Shadowy One – Episode 14

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Here's what struck me about the myth that I wasn't expecting – the amount of individualism present in the narrative and in the characters. Think about it: how many times were the characters' families mentioned at all, let alone foregrounded as an important aspect to the character's worth and standing in relation to the other characters? These characters were all measured by the level of skills and knowledge that they possessed as individuals - hence the reason why the skill differences between the two sisters was a matter of personal conflict for the both of them, and not a matter of shared family pride. Similarly, the fluidity of the personal relationships between characters reveals a lack of concern about heredity. The issue of paternity-property doesn't seem to be present. The concepts are disconnected in the myth. Now, it would be silly to then argue that this is evidence that families didn't matter to the Celts at all, but it is maybe evidence that they served less of a functional, structural function than they did in, say, the 1800's. Celtic families may have even been more similar to what we are familiar with today, where bonds exist mostly on an emotional level, and less so on a structural/economic/inheritance level. Families where you could have close relationships, like the mother and her daughter, and fractured ones like the two sisters - yet none of these people are failing to thrive because of these complications with their families. Instead, they're all functioning through the utilization their own personal skills.  Individualism is often noted as a distinctive trait of the British Isles (one that the US, Canada, and Australia predictably inherited) -This myth makes me wonder if that cultural valuation of the individual beyond the the standing of their family is actually rooted in the Celts, or even earlier. I'm also surprised at the clear idea of an academy - one where students travel from miles away to learn from great teachers (Individual possessors of knowledge). We still have that concept of the academy and the teacher today. And this myth suggests that the Celts had quite a bit of respect for both.

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