Monday, March 14, 2005

swans sacred for V

Swans were sacred to the goddess...because the V-formation of their flight was a female symbol, and because, at mid-summer, they flew north to unknown breeding grounds, supposedly taking the dead king's soul with them.
"Tyche and Nemesis"
Robert Graves
The Greek Myths: 1
, p. 126

Leda and the Swan (16th century)
Paolo Veronese [CORBIS/Bettman source]