Hi all! Hope you are doing well – I am back to hosting the poetics tonight. Last time I played bartender, I was sad, thinking about moments of leaving my wonderful neighborhood that I came to like in last few months and also excited about returning home after a long time. Ever since I came back, I am traveling around and today I am finally flying back to my own hometown. I am very glad to host the poetics tonight, because I’m going to share some special memories.
I have to tell you some stories first. The festive season in our custom, starts today – with a festival called ‘Durgapuja’, where a goddess, ‘Durga’, who is known for annihilating all evil, comes to her parents with her four children – two sons (‘Kartik’ and ‘Ganesha’) and two daughters (‘Lakshmi’ and ‘Saraswati’) – for four days. She is worshiped in commemoration of her victory over her nemesis, ‘Mahishasura’ (a fierce and ruthless demon, who received a divine boon that he couldn’t be killed by any man). ‘Durga’ means invincible, she is the most powerful avatar of goddess. The tradition was to celebrate this event during the end of the year (March, in our calendar), but was later brought forward in Ramayana (the epic), to seek her blessing for battle against evil.
What amazes me today is that the history or the mythology becomes so much alive in these four days. Everywhere in the city, each locality will plan their celebration in their own way, giving life to a different theme every year. Though, I personally feel that this is way too extravagant, I cannot deny the appeal of seeing so many happy faces, new clothes and people of different age finding different means for happiness. During this time I just like to blend in – take photos, this time of the year, gives me some splendid photographic moments. I am looking forward to it this year – because it will be my first with my little one, participating in the celebration together.
So what about poetics tonight? I have given some clues and surely you can find more if you wanted to look up, but my idea is to write about mythology and blending it into a modern concept. I am sure that if you look back, you will find stories, that can be retold, that can be rewritten in today’s context.
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Thank you all. Have fun.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Abhra.. I so liked your way of contemporary mythology.. and I had to do one a little nordic .. and finding one of lesser creatures was a fun exercise.. thank your for the great inspiration,,
Bjorn, I have been thinking about this – as it has been the biggest festival where I come from. I often compared – what is mythology and what the festival stands for today.
I am glad to share about my culture and background – for a creative prompt. Happy that you liked it… 🙂
cool idea abhra – i went down the nibelungen path a bit with siegfried the dragon fighter…smiles
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I love the thought of those songs.. Have to read them sometime…
Oh I read that in the morning, when your post popped up in my mailbox, smiles – you have used the theme well Claudia.
brian miller said:
this was fun…I do try occasionally to work references in to myth…or current events or…but it was fun to try and re-image…mine is more references this time but I have a couple ideas coming off this on things I want to write as a re-image of a myth….
yes, I just read your piece – and as you say rightly, you are more references…
hey… will catch up tomorrow morning… i’m so tired that i almost drown in my cup of fennel tea…smiles
He he – sure…
What a marvellous “poetics” you have given us. I love writing about mythology, and will see what I can come up with tomorrow (by the time poetics pops into my inbox, it is way past my bedtime!)
Thanks – I will look forward to what you bring in for us…all the best.
Thank you for this prompt . Hope you fully enjoy the festivities. Have fun!
I am – yes, thank you 🙂
brian miller said:
what a fun exercise abhra…i enjoyed tying in references to myth…i need to try again with a full blown reinvention of a myth….
Hi Abhra…you really made me think with this prompt! Mythology is so important to culture, and it was interesting to try to find a modern twist!!
Smiles, yes it is – I was not too sure if we had done a similar prompt earlier –
We tend to forget how our cultures are influenced by myths. Thank you for the prompt, Abhra!
Thanks Gabriella – yours was a powerful piece…smiles.
Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) said:
Wonderful! Thank you so much. I did not know those deities were children of Durga. I don’t know anything about Kartik, but am fond of the other three. 🙂 Busy day ahead; I hope I will find time to write something for this prompt.
hey – nice to see you rosemary… just about to catch up… good morning
Abhra–thanks for the fun prompt. I really love your photos. I am very interested in Hindu myths and celebrations, but something Western (Greek) popped into my head as I really know those better. Anyway, thanks much. k.
Hi Karin, thank – am glad you like my photos. I am heading to read your piece now 🙂
I wanted everyone to bring out their own mythological references through this and is a very good thing to learn as well….
Sumana Roy said:
Hi Abhra, I’ve shared my bit of Durgapujo too…
Thank you Sumana…
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I have caught up with the night’s entries.. Will pop by when I have some free time.
Abhra, thanks for an interesting prompt..
Thank you so much…
First of all, thank you Abhra for providing this wonderful prompt.. i am wanting to write mythology to house some of the truths i believe in for a very long time now..but my block to this is i have not been able to write fiction since 1979 at age 19 shortly after the break-up of my first Love and the back together part where the parents will not allow it so i fictionalized a written story then of an Island and a friend that would accept us there..produced from a hope of ‘mind’ greater than reality then.. and convincing enough to convince my Love at that time… that yes.. it was true….
Second of all.. after participating here for over a year.. and in part due to my inability so far to write fiction.. i have not had the ability to respond to a prompt here.. after the prompt is actually provided.. so that is a first for me too.. here…
So perhaps.. my imagination is truly and fully back and my broken heart from.. to this date.. yes.. on October 1st.. 35 years ago.. is finally truly healed in unconditional Sacred Love once again.. as when i am a child again…
So once again.. here.. thank you .. with a smile again.. :)2
It is interesting to see and know the effect the idea has had on you. First love/heart break is such a thing, that stays alive with years.
I am glad you could join in my prompt. Thank you.
Great prompt – myths and mythology-making are still so hugely relevant to us today, even though we think we are all so rational and consumerist and what-not. Perhaps urban legends and celebrity culture have replaced the old myths?
Thanks – I read your peace a short while ago, and what a powerful statement you have made…yes, I believe so – but sure if we remove some layers, there is a place for the myths.
Hi Abhra – think you’ve touched on something here, the heroes and epic triumphs and failures they encounter teach us about our own humanity. I often think that one of the great faults in our times comes from reducing all things so that there is no room for myth.
I absolutely agree with you there, I am glad you could resonate with the idea. Thanks.
I may not have time to get a poem, but so much of what a culture if founded on, and what it values arises from the mythos it has embraced.
I missed Mr Linky and have been caught up with work and so have hauled out a contribution I may have posted before but offer again:
ACT OF LOVE
The fruit falls swiftly from the tree,
the bulls stand silent in the lake,
the figure crucified is seen
upon the framework of the dream.
With arms spread wide and silent eyes
they lift her high upon the boughs
and turn her face towards the south
where white-flanked cows raise shining knives
above the meek and pious brows.
With sure and steady strokes they strip
pink flesh from each initiate,
to bathe in sacred waters then
the raw-bled truth of god and men.
The wise man watches, monkey-faced
and clasps each paw in full embrace
around the pierced and bleeding feet
of Woman, raised … her Self to meet.
Then gathered in small, blackened arms
the corpse is carried to the edge
of water, sanctified and deep
wherein the Goddess counsel keeps.
To lie beneath the water’s chill
and watch through full and empty eyes
the blood-washed sacrifice above
has been her greatest act of love.
I saw a link on a Viv Blake post… miss not being able to get emails… the new blog site feed is too confusing for me…
Peace and love,