Thursday, February 19, 2009

St Brendan and Jasconius the Whale

From Today's Irish Times - a very interesting and multi-layered metaphor.

"According to the Irish legend, St Brendan alighted from a boat constructed from animal hides somewhere in the mid-Atlantic and cooked a meal on Jasconius’s back, mistaking the enormous creature for a tiny island.

Most historians presume this story to be a metaphor for survival in the face of adversity."

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