goat drive

Δωδεκάτη/ Δευτέρα Μεσοῦντος/ Δυοκαιδεκάτη, XII day
From today’s sunset: twelfth day of Anthesterion.
Anthesteria, II day: Choes, ‘Pitchers’.

“It was a particular festival amongst Athenians, celebrated on the twelfth of month Anthesterion. But Apollodorus says that Anthesteria is the name for the festival as a whole, celebrated in honour of Dionysos, with its component parts Pithoigia, Choes, Chytroi.”
Suda s.v. Χόες

“At first, no host would willingly take me (Orestes) in, as one hated by the Gods; then some who felt shame offered me a table apart, as a guest, themselves being under the same roof, and in silence they kept me from speaking, so that I might be apart from them in food and drink, and into each private cup they poured an equal measure of wine and had their delight. And I did not think it right to blame my hosts, but I grieved in silence…I hear that my misfortunes have become a festival at Athens, and they still hold this custom and the people of Pallas honor the cup that belongs to the Feast of Pitchers.”
Eur. Iph. Taur. 948

Drinking contest, private and public:
“According to our customs, at the trumpet signal drink your pitchers; whoever drains his first will win Ktesiphon’s wineskin.” For in the Pitchers there was a contest concerning who could drain his pitcher first, and the winner was crowned with a wreath of leaves and got a skin of wine. At a trumpet signal they would drink. Ktesiphon was ridiculed for being fat and paunchy. An inflated wineskin was set forth in the festival of the Pitchers, on which those drinking in the competition would stand. The first one to finish his drink won, and got a wineskin.“
Aristophanes, Acharnians 1000-2 & scholia

Miarà hemera- all the Temples are closed. Apotropaic rituals: ”'in the Choes in the month of Anthesterion, in which (i.e. during the Choes) they believed that the spirits of the dead rose up again. From early morning they used to chew rhamnos and anointed their doors with pitch.’ (Phanod. FGrH 325 F 11; Poll. 8.141)

Procession: “to go on board the sacred trireme. For in the month Anthesterion a trireme in full sail is brought in procession to the agora, and the priest of Dionysos, like a pilot, steers it as it comes from the sea, loosing its cables.”
Phil. Lives of the Sophists, 25

Sacred Marriage of Dionysos and the Queen: “And this woman offered on the City’s behalf the sacrifices which none may name, and saw what it was not fitting for her to see, being an alien; and despite her character she entered where no other of the whole host of the Athenians enters save the wife of the King Archon only; and she administered the oath to the venerable priestesses who preside over the sacrifices, and was given as bride to Dionysus; and she conducted on the city’s behalf the rites which our fathers handed down for the service of the Gods, rites many and solemn and not to be named…This law they wrote on a pillar of stone, and set it up in the sanctuary of Dionysos by the altar in Limnae. Thus the people testified to their own piety toward the God, and left it as a deposit for future generations, showing what type of woman we demand that she shall be who is to be given in marriage to the God, and is to perform the sacrifices. For this reason they set it up in the most ancient and most sacred sanctuary of Dionysos in Limnae, in order that few only might have knowledge of the inscription; for once only in each year is the sanctuary opened, on the twelfth day of the month Anthesterion. These sacred and holy rites for the celebration of which your Ancestors provided so well and so magnificently, it is your duty, men of Athens, to maintain with devotion, and likewise to punish those who insolently defy your laws and have been guilty of shameless impiety toward the Gods…I wish now to call before you the sacred herald who waits upon the wife of the King Archon, when she administers the oath to the venerable priestesses as they carry their baskets in front of the altar before they touch the victims, in order that you may hear the oath and the words that are pronounced, at least as far as it is permitted you to hear them; and that you may understand how august and holy and ancient the rites are. "Oath of the Venerable Priestesses”
I live a holy life and am pure and unstained by all else that pollutes and by commerce with man, and I will celebrate the feast of the Theoinia and the Iobacchic feast in honor of Dionysus in accordance with custom and at the appointed times.”
(Dem. 59 Neaera 73-78)

(Boy driving goat-drawn chariot preceded by boy with chous. Terracotta chous, from Attica, ca. 400 BCE, now in the Metropolitan Museum…)

I can’t wait for Harry to go solo cause I have no idea what kinda music he’s gonna do but I know it’ll be favourite genre of music

Watch on www.babygoatsandfriends.com

me when i see goats while driving 🐐🐐🐐 #goats

Of all the stories I have of working drive thru. Nothing beats the time we the whole store was scarred shitless from the goat in drive-thru. Normal everyday at work during lunch rush. We’ve been trying to beat our record of number of cars. I’m in the back window collecting cash wearing the headset and listing to the order taker. When I hear the order taker ask “welcome to McDonald’s how can I-” “Mwbhhhaaaaaaa” I look up out the window and see that the station wagon had pulled up enough for the back seat to be at the speaker. And the goat they had in the car sticking it’s head out the window and was stepping over the laughing teenager who was trying to place the order. Wholestore heard the animals cries over the speaker.

La cabra tira pal monte.

Translation: The goat steers toward the field of tall grass, meaning old habits die hard.

Example: Pablo’s fingernails were back to being chewed to the quick–I guess the goat steers toward the field of tall grass.

Note: The verb for this phrase isn’t manejar, which is to steer (as in drive)…but I liked the idea of a goat driving so that’s what I drew! Happy end to goat week!

The Importance of The Goat Man in Catching Fire Chapters 11 and 12

Chapters 11 and 12, which so many fans refer to as the “cheese bun” chapters, paint a homey picture of Katniss’ daily existance in Victor’s Village. While her life as a victor is truly not her own, still she, Prim, and her mother, along with Peeta and Haymitch have formed an unconventional family.

Much attention has been paid to her obvious growing relationship with Peeta in these chapters. And what’s not to love? I’d much rather have Peeta carry me around than use crutches, too!

I, however, would like to focus on another layer that Suzanne Collins added to these chapters. To do it though, I’ll have to take you back to chapter 20 of The Hunger Games.

While in the cave in THG, Peeta asks Katniss to tell him a story.

Tell me about the happiest day you can remember.

What day is that? Katniss picks the day she negotiated a deal with the Goat Man for a goat that was near death in order to give the creature to Prim for her birthday. Why would the author devote several pages to a side story that takes away from the main action of THG?

Speaking as a writer, I believe S. C. used this story as a way for Katniss to define herself. Yes, she’s a lawbreaker, but she’s also a loving sister, someone who is resourceful, and compassionate toward the weak. She’s also a team player. She’s only able to purchase the goat with the help of Gale and Rooba (the butcher). Katniss even goes so far as to credit Greasy Sae for introducing her to Rooba.

But keep in mind that the Goat Man is the villain in Katniss’ story. He is against her purchase of the goat initially, and then drives a hard bargain in the end.

Now jump ahead to Chapter 11 of Catching Fire. Katniss has outwitted the Peacekeepers by climbing a tree and jumping over the electrified fence. She needs to come up with a quick excuse to explain where she’s been all day.

She walks to her house thinking to tell her mother that she slid off the roof trying to mend a leak and injured her foot. Once inside, she is greeted by Peacekeepers. Before she can say anything, she notices Haymitch and Peeta, are there as well.

Were they here by chance or “invited” by the Peacekeepers? Either way I’m glad to see them.

Is their presence the reason she changes her excuse from “falling off the roof” to “searching for the Goat Man?” And of all the excuses she could use, why would she think to make up a story about the Goat Man?

For two reasons.

First, despite her difficulty in getting home from the woods, she’s had a remarkable day, a happy one even, much like that happy day she told Peeta about in the cave.

She left Victor’s Village in the morning overwhelmed and in search of a purpose for her life. Just pages earlier Haymitch laughed off her idea to start an uprising. A crate of wedding dresses has arrived.

I can’t make sense of it. I toss and turn in bed until I can’t stand it anymore. I have to get out of here. At least for a few hours.

She sets off impetuously for the lake.

Maybe to say good-by to the place, to my father and the happy times we spent there, because I know I’ll probably never return. Maybe just so I can draw a complete breath again. Part of me doesn’t really care if they catch me, if I can see it one more time.

But instead of finding some internal sense of peace through solitude in a natural setting, she comes across Twill and Bonnie, who are in straits as dire as Lady the goat was. Katniss gives them the food she has and instructs them in survival skills, demonstrating her resourcefulness and compassion to them and to herself.

In turn, Twill and Bonnie provide Katniss with proof – through the image on the cracker – that her life has meaning. Only pages earlier she wanted to start an uprising, now she learns that she is the symbol of the budding resistance. Suddenly her life has purpose again.

Second, for Katniss the Goat Man is symbolic of a villain. The immediate villain she faces is President Snow. But she’s also just learned about District 13 from Twill and hates them, as well, calling them no better than the Capitol.

“Why haven’t they helped us. If it’s true why do they leave us to live like this? With the hunger and the killings and the Games.”

Katniss’ story about the Goat Man is a kind of double-speak to Haymitch, and even Peeta about what she’s learned while she was out in the woods that day.

“So where have you been?” says Haymitch in a bored voice.

“Well I haven’t been talking to the Goat Man about getting Prim’s goat pregnant, because someone gave me completely inaccurate information…”

To translate: Katniss has been given false information by President Snow tying her relationship with Peeta to the uprisings in the districts. Snow told her to prove her love for him (marry him or to use an animal term, “mated”). It was on the walk back from meeting Twill and Bonnie that Katniss realized that Snow had played her for a fool.

In what appears to be cute banter, Katniss goes on to question the location where the Goat Man lives. Apparently it’s next to a mine entrance. Katniss says “west” entrance, Prim responds with “east”. Katniss further adds insult by saying it’s near a slag heap.

Is Katniss hinting at the existence of District 13 – the latest villain she’s encountered? S.C. isn’t big on geographic directions, but on page 17 of Mockingjay we learn that the Capitol had its own nuclear arsenal out west, which implies that District 13 lies in any other direction other than west of the Capitol. And the residents of 13 do live underground (in a kind of mine).

It isn’t until weeks later when Katniss is healed and able to get out of the house that she tells Haymitch about Twill and Bonnie. He discounts her thoughts about District 13 completely. I imagine it’s because he’s knee-deep in planning for the resistance. Katniss already knows enough to get them all in trouble if she’s not careful.

Thanks @tersyne for talking me through this analysis and giving me some good ideas to think about, and many thanks to @everlarkedalways for organizing this re-read.

On to chapters 13 and 14.