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Grendel and the Orphic Sages

John Gardner's Grendel has 12 philosophies Ch. 1: Orphic Sages
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Olivia Malone

on 3 March 2011

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Transcript of Grendel and the Orphic Sages

D Orphic Sages Believed to be founded By Orpheus Orphism RAM G Orphism was a Ancient Greek Religion
and a philosophical cult Orphic Religion Believed in Reincarnation: the transmigration of the soul. *Elysium is the Greek/Roman version of Heaven, where a person may eternally live in a paradise, only if he led a blameless life when he was living in the flesh of the physical world. A believer must live an austere and virtuous life, so that when he dies, he will be rewarded and live his afterlife in Elysium*. Otherwise continue to be reincarnated. was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, and his attempt to retrieve his wife from the underworld Grendel The idea of Reincarnation that the cult believed in is found in Chapter 1. The 1st clue is the ram.symbolic for marking the beginning of a new year. A new cycle. The Ram did the same thing last year "and
the year before that and the year before that." For Grendel, each year is becoming the same as the last Direct Links to "So it goes with me day by day and age by age, I tell myself." Grendel realizes that his world is trapped in an endless cycle of repitition. This Probably explains why The first chapter begins with the twelfth year of Grendel's raiding of the village. To further show an endless cycle. BY Olivia Malone
http://legacy.owensboro.kctcs.edu/crunyon/e261c/06-Plato/greek_mystery_cults.htm
http://www.timelessmyths.com/classical/mysteries.html#Orphic The End
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