Normally when someone thinks about a goat or a horse, streaming memories of one’s childhood may come flooding back to his mind; images such as traveling to the local zoo, or maybe a petting zoo of some kind. In this article I would like to shed some light on a goat and horse-type animal of which many people are unaware. And yes, I said goat and horse!
Dating back to the 1st century BC, the Satyr’s reign in Greek and Roman mythology started to make a defined appearance. The majority of the characters and creatures that showed up in the Greek and Roman mythological stories and writings had two central purposes: 1.) to extenuate the strengths of current animals of the time period, and 2.) to mold these characteristics with the common and known unity of existence. In the minds of the authors of these creatures, the melding of these animal and human features in an imaginative way constituted no contradictions or faults. This is because they believed that if all creatures intermingled with each other, then there should be no reason why some aspects shouldn’t be transposed in fresh new way. In addition, research depicts the willingness of the ancient authors to blur lines between reality and imagination. To them, if it could be thought up or imagined, who is to say that it couldn’t be real or very much existent?
Hybrid creatures in the mythological sense have been mainly portrayed in a positive manner. They have served as guides in wisdom and knowledge in both the dimensions of this world and of other worlds. The authors were diligent in their structuring of the mindset of these creatures, regarding them as revered servants to humankind in the fight against the dark side. Furthermore, they act as a sort of currier of messages from the Gods and a center of universal knowingness from themselves to others.
The Satyr’s role is very important, and each part of it has its special purpose and place, each acting a part of a great machine. In terms of the Satyr’s purpose, its place was fertility. This is understandable, for the Satyr’s chief is Silenus, who is powerfully linked to fertility. On an artistic note, many vases and other artwork are found among the ancient Greek mythological artifacts.
So we find ourselves in an interesting state now. Maybe it’s a state of wonder, curiosity, or novel. But one thing is true: we know that the human imagination can be translated into art, writing, and stories. By looking through a time machine of information regarding things that may seem unreal, we can be enlightened to how outlandish ideas can turn our current constructs of simple goats and horses into something completely outside our thought spectrum. So for this, we must thank the ancients; they have opened our eyes and freshened our minds.
-Thomas McGregor, Researcher
– Samantha Jean Sanders, Editor
Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyr, The Secret Language of Symbols – David Fontana, PhD, http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2007-07-22-satyr-salt-man_N.htm, http://www.britannica.com/facts/11/766677/satyr-as-discussed-in-mythology