Marko wrote:According to Wiki, Iacchus is a torch-bearer and synonymous with Dionysus, the god of wine, wilderness and vegetation
In Greek mythology, Iacchus (also Iacchos, Iakchos) (Greek: Ἴακχος) is an epithet of Dionysus, particularly associated with the Mysteries at Eleusis, where he was considered to be the son of Zeus and Demeter. Iacchus was the torch bearer of the procession from Eleusis, sometimes regarded as the herald of the 'divine child' of the Goddess, born in the underworld, and sometimes as the child itself. Iacchus was called "the light-bringing star of our nocturnal rite", giving him possible associations with Sirius and Sothis
Jack features prominently in folklore in various guises, sometimes as a giant-killer, often a seeming simpleton, who succeeds through guile and even gambling, always 'Jack the lad'. It could be he is a homegrown version of Hermes, the herald or messenger. The jury is still out on the question of when and where the Greeks got their Iacchus.
spiral wrote: Just as the stones are often linked to the coast, Jack is linked to the sea. Jack Tar. Of course our megalithic traveller needs a flag, the Jack, now known as the Union Jack, this flag had an emblem, which in fact was similar to that of the Viking Raven, it was of course the Jackdaw..........a clever fellow who is remarkably tame.......and could be taught tricks.
Shiver me timbers, all aboard the Jackdaw.......
Mick Harper wrote:I am still somewhat baffled by the Continentals' insistence that James equals Jacques, rather than our own British John equals Jack. The complication goes further because their James is either the son of Zebedee and therefore Castor of Castor and Pollux (ie definitely a maritime Megalithic figure) or James the brother of Jesus, and definitely non-Megalithic.
John of course has his own twin baggage, being either John the Baptist (chief saint of the Megalithic system) or John the Apostle ie Jesus's favourite and therefore non-Megalithic or John the sidekick of Mary Magdalen (ie Megalithic) or John of the Revelations, and hence one of the presumptively Megalithic 'Gnostic funnies'.
Marko wrote:So the six-pointed Jack ends up back to where it began, looking like a compass. Or a star. Or a knucklebone?
Wiki says the game was played with five objects. The British version if it still exists is a game of skill as well as chance and uses ten jacks but even so the pieces look remarkably like a child's drawing of moon and stars. They're kept in a small bag (cf. Hermes' pouch) useful for carrying around and using as an aide-memoire to gauge position. Perhaps.
macausland wrote:Cornishmen are known as Jacks, Scots as Jocks, and then there are the Onion Johnnies from Brittany riding like Jockeys on their trusty steeds or rusty bikes after having followed the old sea route back to Britain like the copper smelters of old.
Then there's Jack the lad, Jackanapes, jack knife, Jack in the box, Jack the giant killer, Jack and Jill the water spillers.
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