A transmission of myth

A seemingly innocuous retelling of the classical myth of the Ages of man, in the girls column of the children’s page of the Auckland star, wrapped in the cloying tweeness of the lexicon of writing for children that prevailed for most of the 20th century.

It’s only if you ignore the framing paragraphs about pleasant gardens that is becomes a hideous spiral of despair and nihilism that can be stopped only by the intervention of vast supernatural powers. note the thematic link between the ending of this peice and the ending of the peice in last weeks post

Theosophists have guessed at the awesome grandeur of the cosmic cycle wherein our world and human race form transient incidents. They have hinted at strange survivals in terms which would freeze the blood if not masked by a bland optimism.” – H.P. Lovecraft


Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 206, 31 August 1929, Page 2

for the girls 1 for the girls 2

with thanks to the national library of New Zealand


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