Academia Română, Muzeul de Artă Veche Apuseană
The idea of a primordial language, spoken / understood by both man and animals, a secret language to be given by consecration / initiation only to the chosenone and which offers the initiate a higher type of knowledge, fascinated. Presentin the myths, stories and literature of the world, such a language would represent „the key to access to the ancient memory of a culture and a civilization stilllargely unknown” (Ph. Walter). When approaching this subject, the specialists speak, without a doubt, of a prehistoric language, born and used long before the Indo‑European`s historical language: a language with a common heritage ofarchaic beliefs and conceptions, lost and later translated into cultural products such as this motif of the language of birds / animals, reminiscent of a magicalthinking that fell into the (almost) fixed structures of the imagination. We have many cases in classical mythology in which this primordial language re‑com‑ poses the concrete, ideational universe of an original period, in which the fusionof meaning and significance is restored (Eve‑serpent dialogue mentioned by theOld Testament, Tiresias, Melampus for ancient Greece, Finn – Ireland, Taliesin
– Wales etc.).
The quorum of myths in the examples mentioned in this study is still amazing, rich, complex. The clairvoyance, the access of the pauper hero to a higher levelof knowledge thanks to this initiation, the essence of the myth relocated in the fairy tale, are all these a simple literary decal, inspired by an anonymous fairy tale creator in the fantastic epic for a greedy imaginary audience? Certainly, not. • The construction of the myth at the level of the fairy tale, often very close to the classical myths; • Investing in this imaginative episode with symbolizing intent; lastbut not least,
• The ubiquity of a specific interdiction, I believe I take this motiveliterally out of the realm of traditional narrative arbitrariness, integrating it into that of the intentionality of (symbolic) consciousness.
Keywords: imaginary, phenomenology, hermeneutics, Romanian fairytale, the Language of Birds.