BSD logo (a moderate opinion)
jerrymc at msu.edu
Mon Aug 2 12:54:04 UTC 2010
On Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 08:52:32PM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 03:55:11PM +0100, Frank Shute wrote:
> > A pitchfork has 2 tines a trident (which is what Beastie carries) has
> > 3.
> Actually, pitchforks typically have four. Two would be a fauchard or
> military fork -- a weapon of war. Tridents, meanwhile, are better suited
> to fishing, while pitchforks are designed to sling hay on a farm. None
> of the above have anything to do with devils, per se, though pitchforks
> are occasionally portrayed in devilish images for some reason.
Hay isn't what we slung (slinged, slang ??) with four tined forks.
It was something farther along the food processing path well mixed
with bedding straw.
For hay, you really want a 5 tined fork if you can get it.
> > Interestingly, the trident seems to appear in a number of religions.
> > Shiva carries one:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shiva_cropped.jpg
> > as does Poseidon IIRC.
> > So maybe Beastie is a disabled Hindu! (missing 2 arms).
> Not all Hindu deities have that many arms, y'know. Ayyappa, Rama, and
> Krishna come to mind. Maybe he's just among those Hindu deities.
> Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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