The Gate of the Sun in Samothrace island will be one of the stops in our hunt map
This ancient map carved on stone embedded in the rocks of Palaiopolis
will be part of the immersive hunt-game PAI 2011
|The natural carving of a creature on the stones facing the Chora|
Primordial spacearticle by unforgettable friend and writer -anthropologist VASILE AVRAM who is now in the other floor of the world.
We find ourselves in a place that could be defined, without any reservations, as the primordial space. A strange island, rising from the sea as a granite giant, supreme breath of Gaia, searching in the pieces of her existence a space prepared for a new world beginning. There is no wonder that here, lies the strangest source of myths, structured around the original mysteries of Cabiria, linking the human being to the secrets of the Earth, from whose bowels, the forces that give meaning to life arise, like an Athanor of cosmic dimensions.
An island inhabited in illo tempore by a population whose senses are open toward the two infinities – the stars in the sky and the stars in the depths of the earth, toward the macro-cosmos and the micro-cosmos, to the music of the spheres and pulses of the grass that rises from a soil burnt by the volcanic fires. A population that built, in a synchronic time to the Egyptian, Sumerian, Mycenaean, Thracian, not only a citadel defended by gigantic walls, built from rocks brought from the mountains, but also a model for integrating man in the cosmic mysteries.
Again, there is no wonder that the ancient world as a whole, from Homer and Herodotus to Plutarch and Strabo, was fascinated by the rites celebrating the powers of the Great alchemic Gods of Samothrace, because it was here that Poseidon followed the development of the Trojan War, it was here that Macedonian king Philip found Olympia, the one that would bring to the world, in a cosmic wedding, Alexander the Great, here Arsinoe built a spherical temple devoted to the primary mysteries founded on the strange magnetism of the porphyry stone thrown out of the Earth depths, it was here that the true image of the most exciting Goddess known by the human spirit – winged Nike – was revealed, supported by the winds that never stop blowing on this island.
There is surely no place more adequate for crowning the mythical network, structured in an essential way by Polyxène Kasda in her bold incentive to restore the primary sense of existence, to bind immanence to transcendence, to rehabilitate, not only in a cultural way, but in an ontological way as well, the great myth from which all the elements of the World were born.
Speech held at the PAI 96 symposium, curated by P.Kasda, in the Island of Samothrace, Greece, 21- 28 July 1996
Transilvania Review 1-2-3/1996
Translated from Romanian by Emil Matei Videa and Ileana Daian