Music as Well-being
Prelude: And Still I Wander … through Greek Mythology and the Idea of the Soul
PRELUDE And Still I Wander … through Greek Mythology and the Idea of the Soul The Greek Myths This Prelude is based on three Greek myths – those of Psyche, Hermes and Orpheus – which I am going to use to illuminate the way we see music in Western culture. The first one is that of Psyche and Eros. Psyche was a mortal woman of extraordinary beauty, truth and goodness whom Aphrodite wished to wound; she sent Eros to carry out her wishes by making Psyche fall in love with a monster in a mysterious castle. It did not go according to plan; for the interface between Greek gods and humans often went awry. Eros fell in love with Psyche; but gave her one condition that she would not to discover his identity by looking at his face. Because of this, she was separated from him. However, Psyche could not bear this and found out that it was Eros – the god of love – that she was to marry. In order to re-unite with him, she was set four tasks to complete. The first was to sort a room full of seeds; the second was to obtain a golden fleece from fierce rams. Then she had to fill a glass from the waters of the River Styx. Finally she had to go to Hades to retrieve a beautiful box. In some versions she opens this box and is again forced to wander (although in some she succeeds and becomes divine). I see her still...
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