Dream-deities as Telepathic Music-synchronizers
[In North American Indian custom,] myths are not told except in winter, because during winter bears are hibernating (and therefore then their spirits are not able to spy on the doings of humans and take offense at humans’ disclosing of myths). While awake, bear’s spirits hover in the tree-tops (– are the trees’ spirits at that time being used by the bears as their instruments of communication for spying on humans?)
[The Hellenic constellation of Arkad-] the bear is in perpetual rotation – is this rotation aequivalent to electricity rotating in a coil with a magnet moving through it to trees (acting as capacitors for their spirits as radios)? Is the ‘gold’ (Khruso-) in the name (CDCM, s,v, "Chrysopelia") of the wife of Arkad- indicative of the high electrical conductivity of gold? Is the magnet repraesented by mt. Olumpos, whereto aspired Otos and Ephialtes (poles of the magnet?) rulers of the Magnetes of Magnesia (magnetic potential of magnet?). Otos and Ephialtes sought bear-goddess Artemis – who, however, transformed herself into a hind (GM 37.c) running between them (is this a crystal set’s reception of a radio signal?).
Is Argos Pan-optes (‘bright all-eyen’) a photo-electric cell? Is Io whom he guarded a motion-detecting device (such as to maintain distances for vehicles) using the photo-electric cell as sensing-device to activate it? Is Zeus (the lightning-god who was ridden by Europe) an electric train (such as for urban commuters)?
Argos Pan-optes was lulled to sleep (GM 56.a) by the music of Hermes – would this indicate usefulness of synchronizing light-flickering with music to achieve influencing of dreams in a sleeping person? That this light-flicker harmonized with music could induce dreams of lightning is indicated in that "subject to strokes of lightning" (Strabon 18.104.22.168) is the Katakekaumene country of the Arimoi (‘apes’ -- Strabon 22.214.171.124-4), the abode of the sleeping Ekhidne slain by (GM 33.e) Argos Pan-optes; she (Ekhidne) being ½ "speckled serpent" similar to the "blue spotted black serpent" (GM 59.e) heroine Harmonia (= musical harmony). (cf. also the spotted serpents often seen in dreams of eaters of the liana yahe`/ayahuasca.) That reverberations of drums could be so employed may be suggested in the name Tuphoeus (cognate with Skt. /dundubhi/ ‘kettle-drum’) of the father of Tuphon the husband of Ekhidne.
Orpheus, for whose music self-uprooting trees (GM 28.a) dance [self-uprooting dancing trees being also a South African theme, in Indaba, My People], would be an instance of a tree-spirit. His visit to the world of souls of the dead (and similarly, the visit – GM 27.k --to the world of souls of the dead by Dio-nusos, the grape-vine spirit) would indicate the ease wherewith plant-spirits can communicate with the dead (– using their plants as means of radio-based telepathy between worlds). A grape-vine grew (GM 27.h) up the mast of the ship of Dio-nusos – would this indicate that a rocking-position (such as is experienced at sea) administered to plants would help directionalize their telepathy (masts with their cross-beams resembling arrays of directional antennae in radio-communication)?
Amerindians of many tribes receive songs in their dreams – now, since songs tend to be imparted by tree-spirits [such as Orpheus], and since North-American Amerindians often designate such songs as "death-songs" (to be sung to them, while they are dying, by survivors), may not such dream-songs be taken as assistance rendered by plant-spirits in the dream-world to assist in transporting souls of the dead to their destinations (such as by lulling the sentinels of the entrance to the world of dead souls [as in the case of Orpheus lulling Kerberos – GM 28.c])?`
Traveling song-spirits are said (LC, p. 75) to be distinguishable by color – red or black, of whom the black travel further. These colors may designate the light absorbed by the plant : red light is absorbed by green-chlorophyll plants; whereas absorption of black light would mean emission of white light, i.e. phosphorescence of some tropical fungi [souls of the dead being said in Borneo to become phosphorescent fungi].
CDCM = Pierre Grimal : A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. 1990.
GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.
Strabon 13.4.6 = http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:abo:tlg,0099,001:13:4:6&lang=original
LC = Jay Miller : Lutshootseed Culture and the Shamanic Odyssey. U of NE Pr, Lincoln, 1999.
written June 2, 2011