What do males know of romance? Mills and Boon wouldn’t be so popular if more men knew how to woo a lady properly!
Men in general get a bit of short shrift in this regard. The generalisation is that they put in the ‘hard yards’ early on, but once the relationship is signed and sealed, it all falls into the repetitive sequence that is day-to-day life. We may dust off what we remember of romance every year or so when the anniversary arrives, but otherwise it’s all about work, the kids, the chores, and there’s some sleep and beer in there somewhere too =)
But why do I bring up such a topic, one I must confess a great degree of ignorance in?
It’s an idea I had for another story!
The Shamanistic branch of Mongolian mythology believes that the ancestors of Genghis Khan (and therefore, of all Mongolians) were Blue Wolf and Red Deer. Within The Circle of Tengerism, a website dedicated to the shaman beliefs of Mongolia, there is a page dedicated to the history of the Buryat peoples. Under the ‘Origins’ section, it is told how the names relate not to animals, but ancient tribes. The animals most revered by Mongolian shamans are the wolf, the deer, the eagle and the horse. They represent honour, beauty, command and nobility respectively.
Another webpage I was looking at while researching the above made mention of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and a story idea clicked into place.
Two tribes, both alike in dignity, in fair Mongolia where we lay our scene…
Forbidden love between two young ones. Tseekher, the ‘young wolf’, is the promising hunter with his trusty horse Nogonadu. Maralia, known for her ‘doe eyes’, is the treasured daughter of another chieftain, herself a skilled hunter with her pet eagle Sarbey.
The rival chieftains have their shamans place curses of their opposite’s child, Tseekher becoming a wolf and Maralia a doe. Each animal is hunted, not only by humans but the other animals of the region. Tseekher becomes a creature of the plains, while Maralia heads into the mountainous terrain.
Their children’s animals break away from the tribes, and have such a ‘special link’ with their masters that they find each other again.
Fate brings them back together eventually, the most likely scenario being Tseekher stalking a pack of deer and recognising Maralia. To have them able to communicate, maybe the ‘Swan Lake’ effect of having them transform back into humans for a short amount of time.
They remember a story of the ‘Moon Lake’, a sacred body of water that is powerfully enchanted at particular times of the year. We know it as Lake Baikal, in Siberia. Avoiding hunting packs, humans of their own tribes and other animals, they must get there before either of them are captured or killed.
All the standard tropes of undying love transcending all obstacles seem in place. Not exceptionally original, but it works in a somewhat unique spin based on ancient Mongolian beliefs…
– Th –
I apologise for not posting much in the last week or so, but there’s been a massive motivation block. Even though the next instalment of ‘Sayeh and Zia’ is foremost on my mind, I have not been able to kick the gear out of neutral.
I did have a rather sombre poem running through my mind that hasn’t made a solid form yet. Entitled ‘The Laces on my Concrete Boots’, it hints at the general state of mind for the last few weeks…