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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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March 09, 2006


And who knows, in this strange and wonderful world, it could be true... :) Beautiful entry-

I do envy you your visits with your father-in-law...
Have you considered putting these nuggets into a book? Illustrated of course
and with a liberal sprinkling of poems and folk tales?
I'd buy it!

Ah, a playful mind is perhaps the most precious thing we can take with us into old age, isn't it? And it's my experience that men more often have this, so it's something for women, too, to cultivate.

What is the painting?

I'm absolutely nuts about your father-in-law. I thought I had some interesting relatives, but they were pikers by comparison.

Thanks, Brenda, Julia, Jean and LH for liking this post and my father-in-law: he really is remarkable. Yes, Julia, I've thought of it and may do it someday. My father-in-law actually wrote a book of Arab folk tales, which might be the perfect additional material to go with the anecdotes.

Marja-Leena, the painting is a detail from "The Adevtures of Hamza", a collection of large folio paintings by Mughal miniaturists illustrating the wild adventure story of Hamza, an uncle of Mohammad. The folio of 1,400 paintings, some of which are very large, was commissioned by the emperor Akbar (1556-1605). I saw this exhibition in Washington, D.C. several years ago and was blown away by it - and I'm nuts about Indian and Persian miniatures anyway. The title of the big painting this detail is from is: "Zumurrad Shah flees with his army to Antali by flying through the air on urns sent by sorcerers." This guy is, I guess, a member of that army; he's on the spine of the exhibition catalog on my bookshelf!

The greatest service anyone can do for another, maybe. Trail bits of cheese by openings. It's just a little more apparent when we get on in years :-)

Love the storytellers, who trick us into looking again at our beliefs from slantwise. Wonderful.

Beth, that's the loveliest theory I've ever heard of how religions and epiphanies came to be. And maybe it *is* true, why not? Yet another marvellous nugget about your father-in-law. Give him my ver best regards. I wish I could have painted his portrait.

Wonderful. I always love reading your posts about your father-in-law. Yes, a playful mind, creator of folk tales.

Your father-in-law truly is a wise Fool. (I hope you know which kind of Fool I am referring to...) I would love to meet him and be completely flummuxed by his wit. How do people manage to acquire such a joyful stance on life?

I agree with Natalie. I've never heard a more poetic or beautiful theory on the birth of religions. After reading it last night, I saw the stars a little differently.

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