Re: Thed

From: Graham J Robinson (gjr@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 09 Mar 2000 - 11:44:14 EET


>>Except this is a myth told from the male perspective. It seems
>>unlikely>that a woman would punish MEN by making WOMEN go
>through >the same >suffering she did.
>
>Is this not a RW take on things with all women (not matter the
>culture) V's all men. Would the women of a Gloranthan culture not
>treat the women of another culture almost like another race as
>oppossed to the current RW where all women of Earth are one big
>sisterhood.
>
I'm not sure where this other culture comes in. The myth in question -
"Thed becomes godess of rape by tricking Orlanth into making her so" - is
an Orlanthi one. I believe its in KoS for starters. Its an explaination
from an Orlanthi point of view of how the godess of rape comes to be
female. Since it is an Orlanthi tale, Thed is a part of the Orlanthi
belief system, albiet as a demonic, evil figure. As I recall it the KoS
tale makes little or no mention of Broo, concentrating instead on the
rape aspect.

The main problem here is that the myth doesn't work. Women who are raped
DO NOT take the attitude that someone else should suffer the same fate.
Most Orlanthi myths are fairly understandable from a human perspective -
the attitudes of Orlanth, Ernalda, etc. are all ones I can recognise in
other humans. The Thed attitude doesn't work for me - I'd like to see an
explaination that makes more sense.

Graham

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Graham Robinson. Dept. Computing Science, Glasgow.
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