This morning, we accessed 7,000 years ago. People back then were already using earthenware and bricks. That’s all we see, and then we move to 1000 years later. Now we are at 6,000 years ago. When we come to this time, we see city-states, irrigation projects, and cuneiform writing. When we move another 1000 years, dynasties appear. A goddess is worshipped. It seems to be called Ninhursag ……. The meaning of the name is “holy mountain goddess” (Nin = goddess, hur = mountain, sag = holy). I wonder if that is a symbol. I see the letters “Ω”.
To the west, we could see a magnificent building. It is the Temple of the Lady Ninhursag. The “Standing Statue of Queen Napiruas” excavated from here is now in the Louvre Museum.

We walked into the Ninhursag Goddess Hall.

Myth. The Greek word mýthos means “story”. The word Mýthos is still found in English, German, Latin, etc., and can mean (1) values specific to a certain cultural group or society, (2) a mythological system, or (3) a mythical person or thing. Mythopoeia means making stories, myths (Mýthopoeia : Mýth (myth) + poieîn (make)).

Stories can be divided into 1) history, 2) mythology, and 3) poetry. Here, I am aware of (2) mythology all the time, probably because I am in the temple.

We are now in Mesopotamia, 5000 years ago (B.C. 30).

Myth and Meso of Mesopotamia sound similar, but the etymology is different. Mesopotamia means “the land between two rivers,” from the Greek meso, meaning “between”, and potamos, meaning “river”. Meso is Latin for medius and Italian for mezzo, meaning (1) between or in between, but also (2) medium, (3) environment or habitat (a biological term), and (4) talent, quality, resource, or wealth.

history, poiesis, and myth|SHIDARA & ARCHIPELAGOs



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