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A thaumorg manifesto

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Just took a look at Donna Haraways Cyborg Manifesto for the first time in a few years, and it struck me how much Gloranthans are ‘thaumaturgic organisms’, in which the normal organic selves are intrinsically deeply intertwined  with their magical selves.

The Red Goddess in particular seems to be preaching a radical thaumaturgic organism agenda - accept your magical self as inseparably intertwined with the physical, accept you have the power over how magic mediates your self, and break through a maze of dualisms. 

And then having had that thought, I hit the last line of the essay- 

“Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a [thaum]org than a goddess.”

The spiral dance! 

 

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I thought I could hear the curious tone
Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
Bassoon, flute and euphonium
Far away, as in a trance
I heard the sound of the Spiral Dance
 
As I walked home on a Summer night
When stars in Heav'n were shining bright
Far away from the footlight's glare
Into the sweet and scented air
Of a quaint old Lunar town
 
Borne from afar on the gentle breeze
Joining the murmur of the northern sea
Distant tones of an old world dance
Played by the village band perchance
On the calm air came floating down
 
I thought I could hear the curious tone
Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
Bassoon, flute and euphonium
Far away, as in a trance
I heard the sound of the Spiral Dance
I heard the sound of the Spiral Dance
 
And soon I heard such a bustling and prancing
And then I saw the whole village was dancing
In and out of the houses they came
 
Old folk, young folk, all the same
In that quaint old Lunar town
 
Every boy took a girl 'round the waist
And hurried her off in tremendous haste
Whether they knew one another I care not
Whether they cared at all, I know not
But they kissed as they danced along
 
And there was the band with that curious tone
Of the cornet, clarinet and big trombone
Fiddle, 'cello, big bass drum
Bassoon, flute and euphonium
Each one making the most of his chance
All together in the Spiral Dance
All together in the Spiral Dance
 
Dancing here, prancing there
Jigging, jogging ev'rywhere
Up and down, and round the town
Hurrah! For the Lunar Spiral Dance
 
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15 hours ago, soltakss said:

It is probably some deep Orlanthi Traditions, disguised as a quaint backwoods dance., the Spiral representing Storm, or rather Air.

You'd think that, but the Spiral Dance is a phrase referred to Lunar or pre-Lunar

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37 minutes ago, davecake said:

You'd think that, but the Spiral Dance is a phrase referred to Lunar or pre-Lunar

pre-lunar: Entekos

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