- Sep 8, 2020
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I’ve been meaning to post something that may pertain to the seeming armor and weird knees. I was looking into Nart Tales, which is the Circassian mythology, because it came from the area where they first came off of the ark (in my opinion) and predates Greek mythology for sure, and may even contain proto-mythology/history (I just made that term up I think).Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.Username: Red BirdDate: 2020-07-02 21:43:25Reaction Score: 0
Here’s the story:
The Birth of Nart Sosriqwe
The Manner of Sosriqwe's Birth* (literal translation)
Lady Satanay was washing the laundry by the river side. The Nart cow-herd, Sos, was tending his drove on the other side of the river. Satanay was exquisitely beautiful. When the drover saw her, his desire for her was so immense that he could not withhold his tears* (in this version semen is euphemistically referred to as tears), which fell on a stone beside her.
Satanay picked up the stone and wrapped it in a warm cloth. She carried it home and laid it in the hearth hole. The cowherd's tears inside the warm cloth began to grow. The child that was engendered therein was named Sosriqwe* (literally: the son of Sos). The body of Sosriqwe turned to very hard steel. To soften the steely mass, the child was taken to Lhepsch*'s smithy (Lhepsch was the god of the smiths in the Circassian Pantheon), where it was tempered seven* times (seven was a sacred number in Circassian mythology). The unwieldy body of Sosriqwe became more lenient. Lhepsch tempered Sosriqwe's body by holding him with a pair of tongs from his knees*. These became to resemble the knees of humans (if you refer to the story Sosriqwe Fetches Fire, the Giant curses himself for not recognizing Sosriqwe by his human knees).