Being Stricken by Lightning Occasioned by Manifest Water-Hyacinth and by Unmanifest Burrowing-Owl :
and How to Remedy This Calamitous Collocation of Praeternatural Factors
water-hyacinth & burrowing-owl
Bikol myth of origin of water-hyacinth
Hellenic myth of goddess Demeter
Kanaway was killed by lightning of god Onos for touching goddess Takay.
Iasios/Iasion was killed by lightning of god Zeus for touching goddess Demeter (GM 24.a).
A white rock was stood upon by Takay in order that she evade the lightning-strikes.
An “enormous rock” (GM 24.l) placed by Demeter atop the burrow of burrowing-owl Askalaphos.
A guto ('lizard') was pursued by Kanaway.
ABAnt- was transformed into a lizard by Demeter (GM 24.e). He is specified (in Antonius Liberalis 23) as Askalabos (i.e., /askalabotes/ 'gecko').
Takay became a water-hyacinth.
Like the Gorgones, ABAris was at Huperboreia.
“LWH” = http://marcmilan.multiply.com/journal/item/26/The-Legend-of-the-Water-Hyacinth
GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.
That Abaris is involved in protecting shamans from effects of levin indicated by his owning the arrow which was used to slay the manufacturers of levin : “Abaris ... was given a magical arrow by the god Apollon on which he flew around the world performing miracles. … this arrow was the one which Apollon had used to slay the Kyklopes,” (“Hyperborea”) [= the Arimaspoi on the route to Huperboreia] “who forged the lightning-bolts of Zeus.” (“Kyklopes”)
Furthermore, because the priest of Apollon (sauro-ktonos, whose principal temple in Phokis was at ABAi), ABAris the Huperboreian rideth an arrow, the arrow therefore which god Mithras shot “into a cliff-face” (M&L 4.3.2, p. 189) may relate to the Bikol “cliff” fallen from by Kanaway.
As per the description by Aristeas from the Kau:stros (furnished in Herodotos : Histories 4.13.1 -- “Hyperborea”) of the trade-route to and from Huperboreia, that country located on the east coast of Asia, i.e. Manchuria + Korea – reached via Issedones (Wu-sun of the Tarim river basin) and the Grupes (Tu:rks + Mongols). The island Atlantis (perhaps Cheju; whereas Tai-wan should be the abode of Boreas) of Atlas is located in Bibliotheke 2.114 nigh Huperboreia, and the garden of the Hesperides beyond that (perhaps Japan). Surely the river AMURos (assigned to Huperboreia in Apollonios Rhodios : Argonautike 4.594 sq – “Hyperborea”) must be the river AMUR in Manchuria. The true location of the river ILissos (when maiden Oreithuia was abducted by Boreas) should be among the ILongot/ILorin of Luzon. The name /LOXOi/ of a daughter of Boreas (according to Kallimakhos : Hymn 4 to Delos 275 sq – “Hyperborea”) must be a transliteration of /LUZOn/ (with /x/ transliterating /z/, similarly as in the transliteration /Ouxioi/ for /H^uzi/ of the upper Eulaios/Khoaspes in Elumai:s/<e^lam); while the name /OUPIs/ of another daughter of Boreas must be a transliteration of /UPI/ in Mindanao.
M&L = A. W. Macdonald (ed.) : Man.d.ala and Landscape. D. K. Printworld, New Delhi, 1997.
This comparison of myths would suggest that whereas to be stricken (smitten) by physical lightning (levin) (which susceptibility is accepted among the indigenous populations of Siberia and of North America as an indication of one's shamanhood, whether one survive the lightning-strike or not – of course, to be smitten more than once by levin is a more definite indication of one's being a shaman than being smitten only once, as also is one's survival after being thusly smitten) is a strong indication that one is in contact with the spirit-guardian of the water-hyacinth (which is native to the islands off the east coast of Asia – Japan, Tai-wan, the Philippines, and Indonesia) and/or with the the spirit-guardian of the burrowing-owl (which is native to the Americas only – that it could appear in an antient Hellenic myth would likely indicate a long-range contact with its guardian-spirit in the Americas by Huperboreia-oriented Hellenic shamans), yet nevertheless such a shaman can be protected from [at least the severest effect of] being smitten any further by means of the [guardian-spirit of] the lizard (praesumably the monitor-lizard, which is native to the Philippines and Indonesia) and by the pomegranate-fruit (as witnessed by Askalaphos, GM 24.j), which pomegranate-fruit is said (GM 24.k) to thwart the intent of Demeter. [Perhaps to partake of pomegranate-fruit while thinking of the monitor-lizard, or to sip pomegranate juice as a hieratic eucharist (similar to the hieratic eucharist of grape juice – “new wine” – in Christian and rN~in-ma rite) transsubstantiated as “blood” of the monitor lizard (similar to the s`rap in the in the midbar as huios anthropou, Euangelion according to Ioannes 3:14 http://bible.cc/john/3-14.htm ), would shield the shaman who hath survived been smitten by levin, from ill-effects.]
[written Febr 28th Thur 2013]
Myth of Origin of Water-Hyacinth :-
Long ago, before
Bato was formed, there lived a lovely maiden all by herself in a
thickly forested mountain where the lake is today. Nobody knew where
she came from. She was tall and slim. She had long black hair. What
set her apart was a flower she wore in her hair-a fresh violet
orchid, which could only have come from the tall tress of her forest
home. How she got the flower was the wonder of all. To the people she
was Takay. But whether that was real name or not, nobody knew.
How old is Takay? That was anybody's guess. To the old folks of Kaliligno, Takay was as young and beautiful as when they were still small. and they rarely saw her, only when there was thunder, lightning, and heavy rain-when Takay would stand majestically unperturbed in all her beauty on a huge promontory rock, white and flat, jutting from the almost at the base of the mountainside overlooking Kaliligno. This huge white rock was feared by the people of the villages around. Every time lightning suddenly flashed, thunder clapped, and heavy rain poured, a victim that might have wandered into its fringes, was stuck by the lightning and turned to stone. Stone forms of people and animals cluttered the fringes of this rock.
This would have been the bane of the villages for many more generations had not Takay fallen in love.
One day, a young hunter from Kaliligno, while chasing a wild lizard (guto) in the mountain, fell off the cliff. He was unconscious, bleeding and almost dead when Takay came along. Taking pity on the young Kanaway, for that was his name, Takay nursed the handsome youth back to life.
It took many weeks before Kanaway was finally able to return to his family in the valley, full of fantastic tales about the mysterious woman of the forest. It turned out that the ageless beauty was a human as any woman in the valley was.
Now, Onos, the Lord of Floodwaters and Thunderstorms, had chosen Takay from among the young maidens of faraway Malasimbo (a mountain in Sorsogon which is said to be the capital of fairyland) even before she was born, to become the mountain's crowning glory. During thunderstorms and heavy rains, Takay alone was safe on the white flat rock. All the others would turn to stone even as they touched its edge.
But Takay was not safe in the forest during thunderstorms. More than anybody else, she could be easily struck by lightning, the reason she had to stay close to the rock most of the time, never venturing into the settlements below.
But love changed all that. When, with his health restored, Kanaway asked Takay to live with him in the valley, she consented, throwing all caution to the wind. Takay gave her word to come down in nine days' time, and Kanaway was deliriously happy.
Kanaway's kins, however, would not believe him. The villagers mocked him. "He's just making excuses for idling away the hours in the forest," they sneered. But Kanaway ignored them. He kept himself busy building a house for his bride.
One morning of the ninth day, Kanaway woke up early. He put on his most colorful clothing. He took no food at all, hoping Takay would come down early and they could share their first meal in the valley. But there was no Takay. The villagers did not work that day. Although unbelieving, they were curious and excited.
Soon it was high noon. Still there was no Takay. Then it was afternoon. Then late afternoon. Weary ang hungry, Kanaway crestfallen.
But as just the sun was about to set, there was Takay in all her beauty with the usual fresh flower in her hair! a murmur of admiration arose from the villagers as she nimbly made her way down the mountain path. Kanaway was suddenly his old self again and rushed to meet her.
But alas, there was a sudden flash of lightning and a loud thunderclap1 rain began to fall, first in trickles, then it poured. A lightning flash struck between Takay and Kanaway just as they were about to reach out to each other. Takay took one step backward. The next flash was even closer. Takay had to inch her way back into the forest with every lightning flash. Kanaway followed close by.
Before long, Takay was just one step away from the flat white rock. There she stood her ground. Kanaway pleaded with her to save herself. She was adamant. The lightning flashes were getting closer and the downpour heavier. All wet and shivering, Takay wanted so much to touch Kanaway. She stretched forth her arms. The next flash would surely strike her.
Acting quickly, Kanaway took Takay in his arms and stepped into the flat rock area.. a searing flash of lightning struck Kanaway that instant and he turned to stone. Flash after flash followed each flash light up the stunned figure of Takay in Kanway's solid protective embrace. Then Takay broke into disconsolate weeping.
The thunder, the lightning, and the rain intensified. Loud explosions shook the ground and the sky was covered by dark smoke. The villagers fled to their houses and climbed tall tress as the water rose higher and higher. That lasted many, many days until the people lost count.
Only few of the villagers survived. The rest were swept away by the flood.
When at last the sky cleared, the big mountain was gone. In its place was huge lake, with nothing in it at first but a small water plant with a violet blossom reaching for the sky. it was the first water hyacinth. And the survivors called it Takay.
Other Instances of Levin-Smitten Shamans (internal weblink)