In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed
Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com
Thanks to members of the GW Workshops and other Writers’ Networks who provided feedback on these excerpts in their incipient stages. As per your requests, I will include a
that will expand with each blog installment. If you run across any terms or names not present in the list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mention it in our arranged chats and I will expand the list.
Theme: the contradictory notion of “feet” as “unredeemed flesh” and “tools of spiritual propagation” drawing from several sources in religious and mythical lore:
Feet as: a point of divine contact, a holy junction where Human being and Earth meet.
Feet as: the lowest, most impure part of the body; farthest from the heavens, and in constant contact with the dirt of the earth, hence physically and spiritually unclean.
Feet as: symbol of both the male and female genitals as in the Book of Ruth 3:4 “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do”; and Deuteronomy 28:57 “Her afterbirth comes out from between her feet.”
Feet as: a repository of badness, symbol of passivity, initiator of movement, and site of self-mutilation in Freudian dream analysis.
Feet as: the last members of his Church ready to bless the world of mankind; Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings.”
Feet as: object of veneration; Luke 7:45 “You did not welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since I came.”
Search for meaning: see “reflexology” in GLOSSARY.