14 Aug 2011

Gary Gilligan has sent in another link, this time to an article and on-line book on flint mythology (go to http://swansea.academia.edu/CarolynGravesBrown/Papers/847861/The_Ideolog... where there is an abstract of the paper  and where you can also download (via Scribd) some 500 pages of text (including notes) on the subject. Or you can of course trawl down and print out individual pages at your leasure (scanning the document as you go). Flint, it seems, is not just a material used as a tool, valuable as it produces sharp edges, but has a significance in myth and tradition. For some reason it has an association with storms and thunderbolts according to Gary, and he adds thunderbolts, sky gods etc.