Oidipous chooses Knowledge, just as Adam and Eve do in the story of the Serpent and the Garden, but in Oidipous’ story we understand much better why he chose as he did. Like Adam and Eve, Oidipous chooses to know. He chooses to know that the monster he conquered, the riddle he answered and the bliss he found were not real. He sees the real monster and the real riddle and his real condition, and he is ripped to shreds. He is destroyed, but because he chooses as he does, he becomes Pure and he becomes Holy. His choice has to be made naked, alone and striped of all illusion, and so it is a completely typical Corded Ware/Bell Beaker story, that could not have come from the earlier Neolithic or the later Bronze Age. In “Odin and Apollo V,” we will see Sigurd make exactly the same choice.

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