by Paul Weber
Copyright © 2012 by Paul Weber
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On the cover: “Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion.” Oil on canvas by John Martin, 1812.
Tor stood in the center of a limestone cave, his right hand stained red and green with paints made from crushed rocks and plants. He held a brush of wild horsehair as he stood, deep in thought, staring at the wall. He had begun a mural depicting a hunt, with herds of bison and woolly mammoth moving like streams across the wall. In the foreground stood the images of several muscular warriors, long braided hair hanging loosely, waiting patiently behind an outcropping of rocks, viewing the gigantic beasts, spears and arrows at the ready, at the sublime and religious moment of the hunt in which the hunter pauses to consider the beauty, grace, and power of the prey; the moment when the hunter whispers a prayer to his god, for forgiveness and for fortune, before commencing the attack.