We interrupt Hump Day Improvisation to welcome our mutual friend and fellow blogger Roland Yeomans. You’d have to live in a cyber cave not to know that Roland has a book out. The Bear With Two Shadows, an e-book. That title has me curious and I wanted to know a little about the combination of myths that Roland used to craft his book. Without further delay, here’s Roland.
Hi, Everyone :
Nancy has graciously allowed me to slip in through the back door of her cyber domain to talk a bit about my Native American Lord of the Rings, THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS.
Or rather about the meld of the world’s myths that makes for the world of Hibbs, the bear with two shadows. Why two shadows?
Isn’t there a duality of natures in all of us - a white wolf and a black wolf both contesting for control of our spirit, the Lakota would say. And the one who wins? The one we feed.
Ancient cultures were defined by their mythology, shaping the sacred stories to show their values, beliefs, and concerns. Those myths expressed the spiritual and intellectual life of the people of those cultures.
Those myths had superhuman beings such as Gilgamesh of Mesopotamia – not just a culture hero, but he was the founding father of a whole society. Hibbs is such a character, more than what he seems, though less than what he yearns to be.
In many myths, the discovery of knowledge is related to the human characteristics of curiosity and playfulness. Such is the case with the ever-curious, ever playful Hibbs -- much to the consternation of the mysterious Turquoise Woman.
She represents several dualities common in myths :
The Native American tricksters often take on animal form such as Raven or Coyote. That particular role is taken on by Little Brother, often seen as a hawk. But rarely, and luckily so, seen as Chaos or the ThunderBird.
Estanatlehi, the Turquoise regally assumes this role, much like Spider Woman. Though a helper and teacher, she can also be dangerous and unpredictable. And that is to be expected as she is also :
The Turquoise Woman is the electro-magnetic consciousness that circles from pole to pole of our world. She is, in fact, the mind of this planet, who can take physical form. And because of that she leads to an important aspect of my novel :
A comment will give you one entry to win one of the signed books above. Another two entries for linking the book to twitter or Facebook. Any blogger who posts a legitimate review on Amazon by March 31st will get three entries into the drawing. That is a win, win since you will get to read Roland’s amazing book. If you twitter and do the facebook link, make sure you email Roland at: rxena77@yahoo. with the links to your to your twitter and facebook.
To buy Roland's book you can click The Bear With Two Shadows, an e-book, on the top right and it will take you to Amazon.com to purchase. $1.99 while he is on tour.
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