Motifs in "The Fitcher's Bird"
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This paper briefly discusses how the tale, "The Fitcher's Bird", as told by the Grimm Brothers, is foremost a story symbolically representative of the cultural and religious nature of Neolithic hunter gather societies. The paper looks at how motifs such as skulls, body dismemberment, death and rebirth, the presentation of food as a gift as well as a sacrifice, transformational birds, and magic tie the story backwards in time to the shaman, mother goddess and skull cults of the Aceramic and Ceramic Neolithic era 7500 - 5500 b.c.e.
From the Paper:"The story holds the energy of the traditional shaman culture, presented in a manifold tale. The first strand relates the magical power of the male shaman (the sorcerer) and his ability to conjure women and hold them captive via the giving and taking of food offerings. "He asked for a bite to eat, and when the oldest daughter comes out and gives him a piece of bread, he simply touched her, and she was forced to jump into his pack basket" (Tartar, 2004, p. 148). The captured women are put to a series of tests and if they fail they are killed by the sorcerer and sacrificially dismembered, another aspect of the shaman and mystery cults. The bodies of the women are locked in forbidden room that because of its inaccessibility draws them to it. Trapping the mind and body of the women in a realm where only the sorcerer is bade to venture is a de-sacralized version of the shaman passing into the unconscious worlds via the trance state. Only those granted permission may venture over the limen into the sacred realms. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Campbell, J. (1969). The flight of the wild gander; Explorations in the mythological dimension. New York: Viking Press.
- Grimm, J., Grimm, W., & Tatar, M. (2004). The annotated Brothers Grimm. New York: W.W. Norton.
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