talking heads

General - A frequent theme in mythology is that of the head which continues to speak after it has been severed. From the body. (1) In the Arthurian story of Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight's head spoke and challenged Gawain to a rematch after Gawain had cut it off in a beheading contest. (2) The German fairy tale, The Goose Girl, mentions the horse, Falada, which continued to speak to the girl through its decapitated head nailed over a gateway. (3) The Greeks say that the severed head of Orpheus floated down the river still singing. (4) In Irish lore, Bran's head continued to speak for many years until it was buried at the White Mount, and Conary Mor's head spoke to thank Mac Cecht for the drink of water he had brought. (5) In Norse mythology, Odin preserved the head of the giant Mimir and frequently consulted it while another story says that he brought the head of the king, Minos, from Crete and used that as an oracle. (6) The North American Natchez tribe have the story of Elder Brother and Younger Brother in which the head of the latter harries the former. (7) The Philippine god, Montinig, carried on speaking, after being decapitated, mocking his attackers. Also called talking heads.

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