The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

  
“We enter the mythical when we enter the realm of risk, and myth is the enchantment we generate in ourselves at such moments.  More than a belief, it is a magical bond that tightens around us.  It is a spell the soul casts on itself …. In Greece, myth escapes from ritual like a genie from a bottle.  Ritual is tied to gesture, and gestures are limited:  what else can you do once you’ve burned your offerings, poured your libations, bowed, greased yourself, competed in races, eaten, copulated?  But if the stories start to become independent, to develop names and relationships, then one day you realise that they have taken on a life of their own.”
  
– Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

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