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Asteroid #192 NAUSIKAA


In classic mythology Nusícaa or Nausikaa, the decisive intervention of this young person in the return to Ítaca de Odiseo is told that Homero in the Odyssey. Daughter of Alcínoo, king of the Feacios, and Earring, one night dreamed, by inspiration of Athenian, who had to go to wash to her clothes and the one from her brothers to the river. To the following morning she requested permission to his father, who granted it, and marched there with his maids. after wash, while wait for to that dry the the clothes, play to the the ball, until once to them save and fall far. The girls gave a shout and then Odiseo awoke, that after to have undergone a shipwreck of return of the island of Calipso and salary been during several days in the water, arrived at an island for not known him and, extenuado, eased up to sleep next to a river. Odiseo, that was naked, is covered with branches and decides to leave to the encounter and the girls. These, scared by the terrible aspect of the hero, flee, but Nausícaa, nevertheless, remains. With sweet Odiseo words it requests aid to him to Nausícaa, which grants it, indicating the way to him of the city while it returns in car. Already in the palace of Alcínoo, it tells to Odiseo his adventures and the Feacios provides a boat to him to return to Ítaca. Nausícaa fell in love with Odiseo, but, although his father was arranged to grant his hand to the hero, this one preferred to divide for his house. The mithographs tell that later he married with Telemaco, with which he had a called son Persepolis or Ptoliporto. {Nausikaa Discovery}

In the Odyssey, there is a scene in which Odysseus reaches the land of the Phaeacians. While he sleeps, the goddess Athena (who, incidentally, favored the hero Odysseus and acted as his divine protector) visits the young princess of this land, Nausicaa. This moment is beautifully described in the Odyssey:

"...on this night the goddess, grey-eyed Athena,
entered the palace of Alcinous
to make sure of Odysseus' voyage home.
She took her way to a painted bedchamber
where a young girl lay fast asleep - so fine
in mould and feature that she seemed a goddess -
the daughter of Alcinous, Nausicaa.
One either side, as Graces might have slept,
her maids were sleeping. The bright doors were shut,
but like a sudden stir of wind, Athena
moved to the bedside of the girl, and grew
visible as the shipman Dymas' daughter,
a girl the princess' age, and her dear friend."

Athena, in the disguise of a young girl, tells Nausicaa to assist her maids in the washing of clothing the next morning. Nausicaa complies. While she and her companions are at the river, they engage in a game of ball, the noise of which rouses the hero Odysseus from his slumber. {Mythography: Nausicaa}

Q: Where does the name "Nausicaä" come from? :: Nausicaä was named after a Phaeacian princess in the Odyssey. Nausicaä was "a beautiful and fanciful girl, quick on her feet...She took delight in nature and had an especially receptive personality". She saved Odysseus when he drifted ashore covered with blood and then nursed his wounds. Another model for Miyazaki's Nausicaä was the "Princess Who Loved Insects". It is an old Japanese story about a noble girl who was regarded as an eccentric because she loved to watch insects. For details about the origin of Nausicaä, read the article written by Miyazaki himself (transcribed by Michael Mifsud, site currently down) that appeared in the Nausicaä manga. {Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind FAQ}

As Evslin described her, Nausicaa was a beautiful and fanciful girl, quick on her feet. She loved playing the harp and singing more than the attention of her suitors or pursuing earthly comforts. She took delight in nature and had an especially sensitive personality. It was she who, unafraid, saved Odysseus and nursed his wounds when he drifted ashore covered with blood. Nausicaa soothed his spirit by improvising a sing for him. Nausicaa's parents worried that she might fall in love with Odysseus and pressured him to set sail. Nausicaa watched his ship until it was out of sight. According to legend, she never married, but traveled from court to courts as the first female minstrel, singing about Odysseus and his adventures on his voyage. Evslin concludes, "This girl occupied a special place in the weather-beaten heart of the great voyager Odysseus." Nausicaa reminded me of a Japanese heroine - I think I read about her in The Tales of the Past and Present. She was called the "princess that loved insects." She was regarded as an eccentric because even after reaching marriageable age, she still loved to play in the fields and would be enchanted the transformations of a pupa into a butterfly. {On Nausicaa}

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) is a graphic novel (manga) and 1984 film by Japanese writer, illustrator, and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The movie has an environmentalist undertone and was presented by the World Wildlife Fund when it was released in 1984. Because of this it was briefly banned in Germany and Eastern Europe, due to its unsettling presentation of ecological crisis ... The story takes place a thousand years after the "Seven Days of Fire" destroyed human civilization and most of the Earth's original ecosystem. Scattered human settlements survive—isolated from one another by the "Sea of Corruption" (fukai, sea of rot/fungus in Japanese), a lethally toxic jungle of fungus swarming with giant insects—which come together only to wage war. {Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind}

{Nausicaa} {Nausicaa img} {Nausicaa in Ulysses (PDF)}

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