(My) Sails Of Charon(a)

¡Humpy SnowtimeSolsticeZ, allzy’all JewDreoX’slamics and PonyPaganz! Nuthin’ but love for the blessings of yer alleged cultures and the beautiful folks who have carried them to this nexus of History and My Foot Broken Off In Your Collective Fistula-Holes.

“The Sails of Charon” is the first song on the second side of German Jesus-N-Sex-Metal band Scorpions’ 1977 album “Taken By Force”, whose cover was much more banable than that of it’s follow up “Virgin Killer”.

Charon should not be confused with Chiron, my neighbors down the street in Paul Allen’s BioTech Alley.



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Chiron modestly named themelves after the Centaur Titan and uberteacher of medicine and true civility.


“Deep-thinking Chiron is the civilized Centaur who trained several famous disciples, being known for his wisdom and justice. Chiron, who was not a drunkard like other CENTAURS, never used his weapons against a man. Instead he spent his Old Age learning about herbs, and teaching to play the lyre to his pupils.”

The Scorp’s are referencing Charon, tho.



“Charon or Kharon (Greek Χάρων) was the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the newly deceased across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed on or in the mouth of a dead person. Some authors say that those who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years. In the catabasis mytheme, heroes — such as Heracles, Orpheus, Aeneas, Dionysus and Psyche — journey to the underworld and return, still alive, conveyed by the boat of Charon. No ancient source provides a genealogy for the ferryman.”

Yeah, yeah. Except that the Etrusruskis lifted their whole Underworld from The Epic Of Gilgamesh, which has no Gods but does have Charon. He exists on the other side of the Ocean Styxx, and will gladly explain that as far as he knows of psuedo-immortals there’s just him in the grey fade-out place of Hades (where he acts as an information Kiosk) and Leviathan in the dark waters between the worlds. There are no Gods, and only the Tree of Life holds true immortality. Gilgamesh is given this tree to take back, which the Neolithic Prime Elemental Now Known as C’thulu steals mid-trip, making Him Immortal and Gilga’ bitter. Bitterer, as he was all boo-why in the first place over some boy.

Gilgamesh returned to spawn Civilization™, i guess because he was a tiny-pricked whiner who wanted everything as miserable as possible.

Dare to Dream, Summerian Globalist Giligan. Way to deforest Mesopotamia. We remember you, all right. What better fag to use as Epic Hero Archetype™ than an unrequited Bottom who loses the fucking TREE OF LIFE to a fish?

Western Civilization is like L’Cage Aux Follies in an unending expanding loop with all the funny parts replaced by active death squads and syphalitic rape gangs that rove the audience.

Former planet Pluto’s binary/moon is named after the Ferryman.


[i thimk Sri Levi’th’n had Lovecraft weave the mythos of his name-changing to distance Himself from the Hobbesian associations that his good moniker had suffered. He’s a good-hearted SquidDreamFishie, unlike the soul-sucking Combine Hobbes thought was so perfect a belly to wallow in.]

6 responses to “

  1. Man, I read Lovecraft and E.D. ‘Doc’ Smith and a shitload of classic scifi like the Skylark series, A.E. Van Vogt and God knows who all…and I find it hard to correlate your references.
    I was thinking thanx for linky-luv but really should get you to have a look at Jonestown : gotta keep perverse wit together.

  2. OPIT! gooot yule, Man! correlate MY refs? o, mais non mis amis! You’re too valuable an InterWerb Asset to risk the cognitive arcing and nueroJinguistic antenuation associated with LiveMythWerx of my Watch. But yeah, if you dig the C’thulu Kinder check the Madness of “The Father Of All Western Epics” aka the Epic of Gilgamesh. Them Sumerians served it hard; that’s why Lovecrunk cites the “Mad Arab” as source for his GrecoRoman dark bible, whose gods are a sincretism of Sumerian and Babylonian myth, or so i’m told by Voices.

  3. Joyeux Noel a tu aussi !
    You think I’ll fry my synapses on the Singularity ? Mais non. http://dad2059.wordpress.com/ knows I cut my teeth on Mary ( Andre ) Norton; though Janet Morris would be more appropriate to the sort of thing you’re referring to.
    Voices ? When you talk to yourself…do you get good answers ?
    Don’t get too erudite. My franglais est limitee.

  4. p.s. I’ve enjoyed Orson Scott Card ( politically he works for the Combine ) , Steven Donaldson, Cynthia Jane Cherryh, Campbell – of course, Heinlein, van Vogt and many more. Conan the Cimmerian is no stranger than E.E.Doc Smith – or Niven’s novels !

  5. Not fry synapses, just further alienate the Pink-and-Softs with whom we shuffle and sluff our ways to Jerusalem… a pisspoor destination which, BTW, has not a drop of decent rum in it. Not that i like rum.
    i guess there really isn’t much dif ‘tween ancient myth and modern fiction, except the medium and glyphs. It’s all just stories whose point is avoiding the elephant missing from the room, and for some reason the Scott Card/Howard/Clarke continuity becomes bible while Farmer/Niven/Smith become hermetic. Where will Zinn and Turkle fall?

  6. oh yeah, RE: the Voices – nope. not even decent questions anymore.

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