The God of Rock and Other Stories

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The God of Rock is novella composed of interlocking short stories, in which the destinies of a rock guitarist and a fledgling painter become intertwined. Brought together initially by desire, they are parted by life’s circumstance. Through dreams, memories and a long process whereby the ego unravels and allows the soul to lead, the two are eventually reunited many years later. This collection also includes The Burial, six tales of the Sarmations, the great horsemen of the steppe, which span from 500 BCE TO 1400 CE. The merger of historiography and archaeology produce a fictional reconstruction of a preliterate people, illuminating the eternal human condition.

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I. The novella, The God of Rock, told through  the perspectives of a woman and a man, chronicles their initial encounter, their mis-remembrances of it; then tells of their lives, and the steps that lead them back to each other thirty-five years later. 
Once an angular young girl, unsure of her art and her self, she finally emerges as mature and self confident woman. He, once a famous musician, who loved and left her, finds, in his late middle age, that the impetus of his soul's longing can no longer be denied. Great fun to write from both ends of the male/female dynamic.
II.The Sarmatians belonged to one of the great horse cultures of the steppe. Though some historians believe they were of Persian stock, their initial appearance on the world scene seems to indicate they emerged from the Altai region, along with their relatives the Scythian and Alans.
They are first mentioned in Herodotus' sometimes fanciful, The Histories, and primarily noted for their women warriors which are referred to as the Amazons. In the 20th century, however, archeological digs have unearthed much information about Sarmatian and Scythian lifestyles and beliefs.
They were the first knights, their initial armor made from pared horse hooves, giving both warriors and their horses the scaly appearance of dragons, though in subsequent eras their armor was made of chain. They lived on the steppe and were seasonal nomads, traveling with their herds. Later when they moved into Slavic territories they settled in villages. Initially, they seemed to have many traits in common with the Siberian peoples and Northern American Indians: the sweat lodge, hemp smoking, vision quests, shamanism, scalp taking and fine horsemanship.
Judging from their tombs, it seems that Herodotus was correct in his assertion that women had high status in these cultures. The first story, The Burial, is a recreation of the life of a Shamaness, who died circa 500 BCE and was found in one of the Pazyryk burial sites in Altai. Her frozen body and grave were preserved exactly as I have described them within the story.

The second story, Horse Boy, Bee Girl, Bride, describes the mingling of the Sarmatians, who were moving westward on the steppe, with the Slavic people they encountered there. The Sarmatians, following in the wake of the Scythians, became the overlords of the Slavs, though within their own society, they had a rather egalitarian social structure. Their livelihood had always depended on their horse herds, and at that juncture, they added trading and raiding in the lands to the south to their repertoire.

Moving through time, the third story, The Contest, where I have presented the games which the reader will recognize from the medieval West (brought to France by the related Alans and common to the Cossacks, who continued age old traditions), takes place in the period when the Huns and other tribes were pushing the Sarmatians out of their long held territories into two areas; Ossetia and the Banat (a region directly north of Belgrade in present day Serbia). The Sarmatians conquered Singidunum (Belgrade) and held it for over a hundred years before they were ousted by the Magyars and were resettled in the countryside.
Singidunum, itself, was founded by the Celts and held by the Romans, Magyars, Byzantines, Bulgarians and Ostrogoths in various historical periods before coming into Serbian hands. It was sacked over four hundred times and destroyed often, a practice which continued to the end of the twentieth century.

When the Sarmatians first began to move into Dacian territory (present day Romania), they brought the practice of raiding with them. Dacia was a Roman colony at the time, and during one particular battle, the Sarmatian knights were defeated and sent to guard Hadrian's Wall in the north of England (circa 175 CE). Some historians believe they brought their stories which influenced the Arthurian cycle. Though I think that the Welsh and Britons had their own well developed fantastical lore, there are similar elements to the Arthurian tales both within the Serbian Prince Marko cycle (formalized after the Turkish occupation in the late 14th century) and Ossetian stories.
In Among the Legions, I have used several Serbian tales that correspond to the Arthurian legends to create Alen's stories, giving them a slightly Sarmatian slant. 

Historically, the Romans, reneging on their agreement, never allowed the five thousand Sarmatians seconded to Hadrian's Wall to return to their country, and so, they remained trapped in Britannia.

The Kingdom tells the tale of the first crusade, often called The People's Crusade (1096 CE), when answering the call of the Pope Urban, common people from France and Germany embarked on foot for the Holy Land. On their way, they managed to kill thousands of Jews in Cologne and surrounding areas. When they arrived in the Balkans, their provisions having run out, they burned Belgrade to the ground after they had looted it. Arriving in the Holy Land, they were met by the well equipped and well trained Seljuk troops who rapidly dispatched all of them, sending them to their reward. I told this tale, not from the perspective of the Sarmatians, but from that of a man who might not have seen them in such a favorable light.

The final story, Defeat, takes place after the Battle of Kosovo, 1389 CE ,when the Serbs, a people who along with their fellow tribesmen, the Croatians, had been settled in the Balkans for some eight hundred years. Linguistic and DNA evidence indicates both Serbs and Croatians might have Sarmatian origins, though they mingled with the Slavs initially, then later with the peoples who were already living in the Balkans. Incidentally, we have no historical documentation as to whether Serbia was devastated, as were most parts of Europe in the Great Plague, though I have taken the liberty to imply it was so.
The story tells of resistance to the Ottoman occupation, but, philosophically, harkens back to the first and third stories. I sometimes used very simple, almost banal, language to tell these tales, simply because traditional peoples like the Shamanka and Satana would not have had extensive lexicons, and as epic poetry was being finalized in the era of the Bard and Militsa, simple stock phrases were used and reused: cold rock, white tower, clear sky, green grass etc. However, I think the reader will see the gradual changing of concepts over the fifteen hundred year span these stories cover, along with the changing twists and turns the human mind can, and often, does take.

About the Author:

 L.S. Temmer was born in the former Yugoslavia and now lives in Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of Meridian, Children of the Sun & Other Stories, Mr. Heathcliff's Fortune & Other Short Stories, Throw Granny off the Balcony, The God of Rock and Other Stories, and of the Robideaux series: Death of an Activist and End Game.
Website: lstemmerbooks.com
Blog: proselesstraveled.wordpress.com

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