Friday, February 5, 2010
AYANAR , THE HORSEMAN
A figure who plays an important role in the Spirit World of Primal societies across India is that of the Horseman, who is both a guardian of the human settlement, but also a link with Nature. Here the Horseman is an aspect of the Hunter, but also the Herdsman, in that the Horse (Aswa) which is a symbol of the swift, and free Spirit of Nature, is tamed, and mounted by the Hero. There are many myths about the white horse which is left free, and followed for a whole year by mounted heros. Where the horse wanders, the accompanying knights claim as the domain of the Chakravartin, or World Ruler, who symbolizes the sun.