Modern mythology meshed with the ancient

Recall this fellow (http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=695) from the Louvre museum in Paris? It’s most of two thousand years old.

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Unfortunately it may not be in the Louvre anymore — at least Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, couldn’t find it when he was there in June 2014. (Plenty of his shots from Paris are on pHanta-pHlickr starting here, with commentary from your faithful blog-meister.)

However, aka Generic, as opposed to geriatric, Sol and Generic Luna live on here …

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

and here …

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

The two fellows in opposite corners at the top of both collages are, yes, Helios the Sun God and Mnemosyne the Moon Goddess as they looked all those centuries ago in Imperial Roman times.

(Generic Luna is sometimes erroneously called Selene. She’s not to be confused with the Silver Signaller who uses Selene as her code name, though that’s the latter day Greek goddess where she got it from.)

In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, Helios and Mnemosyne are two of its cornerstone characters, without whom there would be no such a thing. (pH-Webworld = Modern Age Mythology.) They’re the the time-tumbling Dual Entities; of whom much, much more can be found here, with even more lynx.

As for the six internal collages themselves, more on them currently links from here; double click to enlarge in a separate window. Just bye the bye, both collages have been added to the ever-growing heading banners of, you guessed it, pHantaBlog.

You can also buy the buy “Helios on the Moon“, the climactic entry of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle and, indeed, of Phantacea Phase One itself. Order online, with credit card, here or direct from the publisher here.

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More Mother Machine comes to Earth

Not too long ago I put up lynx to a story I saw in the Vancouver Sun that I entitled: “Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore”. The original posting’s here:  http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=115.

The entry was posted in Phantacea and Travels, which might have been a mistake. I tagged it: ,.

Well, here we go again: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20972018. This time scientists are at least printing food, not guns. The article’s entitled: ‘Modern Meadow aims to print raw meat using bioprinter.’

It brings to mind Jordan Tethys’s complaint from “Goddess Gambit” to the effect that the beer produced in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon was undrinkable:

“Even if Golgotha Nauroz and his wife, Gethsemane, made a passable homebrew, they couldn’t get it quite right. As for the frothy fakery the processors produced, it tasted more like the swill you regurgitated after you’ve had way, way, too much real beer.”

You have been warned.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

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Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore

For those of you pHaithful pHans of Phantacea, ones who followed pHant serials years ago on what’s now www.phantacea.info but was Phantacea on the Web (pH-Webworld then as now), here’s a link to a story entitled “3D Printers make guns”. I spotted it the other day on p B4 of the Vancouver Sun, December 22, 2012: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Click+print+shoot+Guns+made+printers+will+reality+sooner+than+think+says+politician/7736912/story.html

Scary stuff, I grant you. However, does this or does this not remind you of the ending to “The Weirdness of Cabalarkon”? Does me, hence why it qualifies as a Serendipitous Sighting. (For many more, click here.)

BTW, Weird’s ending is not revealed in its synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) but I might as well remind (or tell) you that it involves efforts made by 5980’s Master of Weir to replicate, um, something using the Weirdom’s 6000 year old reconstruction of Old Weir’s Mother Machine.

Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear,

I’ve used this shot to represent Blind Sundown for years. The artist is Fernando Castro Pacheco (January 26, 1918 – ). The artwork is in the Governor’s Palace in Merida, Mexico. The hall where I shot it is open to the public.  It should be a must-see for anyone who visits Merida. (Uxmal is kind of neat as well.)

I believe Pacheco himself still lives in Merida. Google him up; impressive stuff. One link is here: http://yucatantoday.com/en/topics/castro-pacheco-murals. But there are better ones.

 

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