In a message dated Wed, 16 May 2001 2:51:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
<<In a message dated 5/15/01 8:38:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time,[log in to unmask] writes:
The Sibyl didn't care whether her oracle (or rather, Apollo's delivered her through her) was understood or even assembled in the correct way.>>
There are broad themes running through Greek mythology, and one of them consists of variations on the idea that ordinary human beings can't see into, or control, the future. This barrier is so impenetrable that even when human beings are told what will happen in the future, they don't understand. . . .
Perhaps some listers familiar with sibyllian interpretation can help me construre an oracular encounter.
Last August, my honeymoon found me in the town of Didimus, home of a famed temple to Apollo. Most of the columns have been downed by time and earthquakes, but the central structure is about 60% standing.
I went in and found the pit from which the priestess (after taking her pep juice)formerly would emerge to pronounce. A dutiful tourist, I trained my video camera on the spot, just in time to frame a very skinny cat coming out.
I called to let my wife know that the Sybill had emerged, and suggested we wait to see what message she had for us. The cat promptly rolled over and began to clean up its nether-regions with the all-purpose cleaning tool that dangles from the feline mouth.
Has my message been blown to inmomprehensibility by the fickle winds? Is the meaning of Cat-sandra objectively clear, but obscured for me by the diaphane? Assistance, please!