When Mythoi Collide

I have a slightly longer note/blog today.  I’ve been thinking once again about one of my little hobbies.  For the longest time it never coalesced into anything tangible.  However, I did it off an on as a kind of mental exercise that was more out of information and curiosity, than to keep mentally limber.  It involves weaving together details of books, movies, and other forms of stories that were not necessarily meant to go together, though obviously pieces could fit together like a quilt work if not as cohesively as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  Here is an example of building a mythos out of two or more mythoi.

When H.P. Lovecraft described the history of the “Necronomicon” he wrote that it was originally called “Al Azif”, a name that described, "that nocturnal sound (made by insects) supposed to be the howling of demons".  Abdul Alhazred of Sanaa (in Yemen), who at the time lived in Damascus, wrote “Al Azif” before his sudden and mysterious death in 738 AD.  He wrote the book sometime after visiting the ruins at of Babylon.  In deep contrast, we have the directly Babylonian and Sumerian text titled “Naturan Demanto” that appears in the “Evil Dead” movies.  By virtue of Lovecraft`s description the “Naturan Demanto” predates the “Necronomicon” by Alhazred.  This is important because after the first “Evil Dead” the book was renamed the “Necronomicon Ex Mortis”.  In addition, neither of these Necronomicons would be the Egyptian "Book of the Dead", which could further pad out what might a bigger history yet that ties these related books together.

Another example of colliding disparate mythoi comes to us when dealing the carriers of the souls of the dead between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead.  Already by this point I’ve combined the two mythoi using the more prolifically represented mythos, in this case, the graphic novels and movie franchise “The Crow”.   In “The Crow” the titular bird carries the soul from the Land of the Dead back to the Land of the Living to set the wrong things right.  The opposite side of the coin, the reverse trip, belongs to the mythos set out by Stephen King in “The Dark Half” where the birds responsible, the psychopomps that return escaped souls to the Land of the Dead, are sparrows.

Music: Refuse/Resist by Apocalyptica.

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