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Robert Macfarlane
A question: I am interested in myths & stories concerning descents to the underworld that come from outside the familiar Western classical traditions. Especially stories from indigenous cultures, including but by no means only First Nations & Native American. Suggestions welcome.
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Coldlay Macadam May 13
Too right. When he refers to Western myths does he mean The Classics and dismissing a fantastic depth of Irish and Welsh folklore?
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Stace Jarman May 13
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Stories of travels to the underworld are rich in Maori mythology. You could start looking into them maybe here at the National Library of New Zealand site
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Wizz-the-Smith May 13
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
The Tuatha de Dannan are defeated by the Milesians & granted half of Ireland in a pact. Their half was the subterranean & the Milesians kept the world above ground. The Tuatha/Sidhe retreat to the underworld via the hollow hills to reside & watch over the land as gods.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
I mean classical, which is why I said classical, and clearly nothing is being dismissed; I am just trying to move my knowledge outside areas of (my) familiarity, in particular Greek/Roman narratives of nekuia and katabasis. Would love to hear more from/abt Irish and Welsh trads.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Replying to @WizztheSmith
Fascinating. Thank you.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Replying to @stacejarman
A brilliant lead, Stace. Thank you.
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Coldlay Macadam May 13
Sorry Robert. I too badly worded my tweet. Didn't intend criticism. I'll get back to you...
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Great - thanks, Marcus!
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Neil Philip May 13
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Last one! See Bilgames and the Netherworld in George, The Epic of Gilgamesh; also Enkidu's dream of the netherworld in Gilgamesh, in which the dead are transformed into birds.
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Royce Christyn May 13
“He Walked The Americas” by L. Taylor Hansen - it is a collection of First Nation stories that will blow your mind. From the South Pacific through central and North America - super interesting.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Brilliant. Thanks, Royce.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Replying to @neilphilipmyth
Neil - all fantastically helpful, thanks. Enkidu features in the second chapter of the book I’m just finishing; Eliade I know, other leads here are new to me. Yr generosity of sharing is much appreciated. Robert
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Bonnie Helen Hawkins May 13
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Can I be nosey and ask if you are planning a new book?
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Replying to @BHHillustration
I am...finishing a new book! Well, an old book. I've been working on it for six years. It's called Underland. Nearly there now. Thanks for asking, Bonnie.
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Sarah Wood May 13
Yes totally agree. you must contact Martin Shaw if you haven't already.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Thank you all very much. Martin and I have been in a little touch in the past. His work is fascinating.
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Benjamin Read May 13
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Ur of the Chaldees by CL Woolley is sadly out of print but a wonderful report of the digs in the region before 1935. Lots about boats as a method.
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Robert Macfarlane May 13
Replying to @muzzlehatch_
Ur of the Chaldees...even the name sends a shiver; let alone the silver entombed boat. Thank you.
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andrés rochon May 16
Replying to @RobGMacfarlane
Rodolfo Ferreira Fric is a paraguayan author. Libro Indio is the book.
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