posted on Jan, 22 2016 @ 04:06 PM
originally posted by: Byrd
Because it's so difficult to validate, I'm a little suspicious of this. While can believe that fairy tales and myths are old, I'm not sure that the
method of testing is valid - and I don't think you can really trace them back to any proposed prehistoric language.
I don't know whether you have read the paper or not, it is linked at the bottom of the article that the OP uses, but it does a pretty good job of
validating the linguistic dispersal of the stories, however, it is only confirming what literature studies have been saying for years...for example,
an article from 1994 by the eminently well-read George Monbiot...
What is perhaps more interesting about looking at this story against the wider tradition of "magical Storytelling" is that the four primary stories,
that they conclude belong to all the PIE descendants, are, like The Smith and the Devil, associated with animal knowledge givers, and/or metallurgy.
The Smith is, particularly as Hephaestus, prototype of the Demiurgis or craftsman god of the gnostic and esoteric traditions, the selling of your soul
as a short cut or a means of getting more than your fair
share, or achieving "special" knowledge, a move away from animism and natural
veneration. As Monbiot attempts to describe, the Smith in African folklore, which given colonial and missionary influence is distorted and reviled.
This seems both due to the inheritance of the knowledge (via endogamy), as well as the shamanic inference of being between worlds, bridging the
liminal space. Another of the four stories is that the Animal Bride, which deals similarly with liminality, and contains wafts of an underlying carry
through from shamanic beliefs and practices. Christianities influence in turning the natural world into the devil, singularly, appears to have had
the most significant effect on the development of the story, but the demonisation, generally, I think is the Smith as turning the sacred profane,
hence his casting out. As a craftsman, he assumes god-hood because he creates "beauty", but in doing so, he seperates himself from mere mortals and
incurs the wrath of the gods to boot. You can't get much better than that, narrative wise, throw in the redemption cycle and you have Freemasonry,