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Two 1000 Year Old Norwegian Poems About Spring

  

Here are two 1000 year old Norwegian poems about spring. They have an anonymous author. They are called Two Spring Charms.

1.

Now it is late winter.

Years ago,

I walked through a spring wind

Bending green wheat

In a field near Trondhjem.

2.

Black snow,

Like a strange sea creature,

Draws back into itself,

Restoring grass to Earth.   

The picture is of the Trondhjem Bridge.  It seems a more modern spelling is Trondheim. Here is a link to information about that maritime city. It sure looks nice. Here are some facts about Norway.

Here is a link to a blogger who used to live in Texas but now lives in Norway. The blog is called Tales of a Texpatriate.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Poetry, Texas | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Passive But Stubborn Resistance Of Mexican Indians Shows Some Resistance Is Always Possible

The following is from Alan Taylor’s American Colonies: The Settling of North America. It is about the passive but meaningful resistance of subjugated people. It is about the response of Mexican Indians to Spanish domination in the 16th Century.

” To sustain a measure of psychological autonomy, Mexican Indians privately nurtured a mythic understanding of the Spanish conquest as cosmically insignificant and ephemeral: of no more enduring significance than the many previous cycles of rising and falling native powers. Having experienced the Aztecs, and the Toltecs before them, the natives of Mexico expected to outlive their Spanish masters.. From our own vantage point on the radical transformation of Indian lives under the onslaught of colonization, this native myth seems far from “true.” But the Indians preserved much of their cultural identity within that transformation, rendering the myth real in their thoughts.

Because of the internal nature of native resistance, the friars could achieve no more than a compromise in matter’s of faith and practice. They ultimately had to tolerate a vibrant religious syncretism in which the new Catholic forms absorbed native content. The cult of the Virgin assumed a special importance as it came to resemble the former celebration of the maternal spirits of the maize, the corn mothers.”      

I think this is useful in seeing how people today and always have responded when to outsiders a situation might seem hopeless. There is always some way to respond.   

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Books, Colonial America, History | , , , , , , | Leave a comment