Sunday, October 07, 2012

Orpheus and Saint Francis of Assisi

Charming, to be sure. Orpheus and various animals depicted in a Roman mosaic dating to 194 A.D. (Dallas Museum of Art).


Saint Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181-1226 A.D.) and the Eugubini Wolf (Die Blümlein des Heiligen Franziskus von Assisi, 1911).

Today's Rune: Wholeness.


WAS said...

Great stuff! A peer – a la Chariots of the Gods – into the secrets of the ancient world. What held the animals when mere divinity could not? I think of Rilke’s first Sonnet to Orpheus:

There rose a tree. Oh growth so great!
Oh Orpheus sings! Oh tree, I hear you now!
And all is silent, but even in the silence
new beginning, sign and change arose.
Out of the silence animals came from bed and nest
in the forest, clear and calm;
and it happened that it was neither ruse nor fear, per se,
that caused them to be silent,
but listening, yelling, screaming, roaring
seemed small in their hearts, and where
there was no shelter to receive this,
no refuge of darkest desire
with an entrance of shivering posts,
you created temples in their ear.

(trans by Eberhard Ehrich)

Here’s an interesting overview of the Orpheus myth, and its "Christianization":


I'd love to see a similar graph with Lightnin Hopkins or Leroy Carr, say...

Erik Donald France said...

Very nice ~ well, it's like an endless connector set in every direction.

I know Mr. Hopkins, but almost nothing of Leroy Carr . . .