Myth in Modern Culture

Last semester, I had a mythology class. I wrote an analysis of Austin heavy metal band, The Sword’s song Tres Brujas. Enjoy.

Myth in Modern Culture

I have chosen to highlight the 2010 song Tres Brujas (Three Witches) by Austin, Texas nerd metal revivalists The Sword. The song, from the sci-fi concept album Warp Ridersis described in the following excerpt:

Warp Riders tells the tale of Ereth, an archer banished from his tribe on the planet Acheron. A hardscrabble planet that has undergone a tidal lock, which has caused one side to be scorched by three suns, and the other enshrouded in perpetual darkness, it is the background for a tale of strife and fantasy, the battle between pure good and pure evil (Shock Records, 2010).

In Tres Brujas, Ereth encounters a magical object which serves as a supernatural aid, telling him about three witches who embody the Celtic Goddess archetypes, as described in the chorus: the first he will encounter at twilight, and she will love him, embodying the Epona (Stevens 2007) and the Mother (Chang et al. 2013).. The 2nd of the three he will meet at night, and will deceive him, embodying the Morrigan (Stevens 2007) and Shadow (Chang et al., 2013). Ereth will engage her in battle, as she is a formidable warrior. The last he will meet at dawn, and she will instruct him and guide him, as the Macha (Stevens 2007) and the mentor (Chang et al. 2013). Her mentoring is the third verse “Draw back your arrow and let it fly/May your aim be straight and true/Remember all that you have been told/And there might be some hope for you.”

The three witches also render supernatural, material, emotional, and informational aid, assisting him in the successful completion of his quest. As Ereth is unable to complete his journey without the contributions of the women, Three Witches embodies Anima (Chang et al. 2013).

The Sword – Tres Brujas Music video

A strange voice within his mind
From the glowing orb in his hand
Spoke of the properties of certain herbs
Growing wild all across this land

Three witches you shall meet
Along the road to your fate
The first at twilight, the second at night,
And the third at the coming of day

Inhaling deeply of the sacred smoke
Slipping in between the worlds
He beheld a living column of light
And it sang to him without a word

Three witches you shall meet
Upon the path to your fate
The first will love you, the second will deceive you,
And the third will show you the way

Draw back your arrow and let it fly
May your aim be straight and true
Remember all that you have been told
And there might be some hope for you

Three witches you shall meet
Along the road to your fate
The first is twilight, the second is night,
And the third is the coming of day

Works Cited

Chan Huang-Ming, Ivonin, Leonid, Diaz, Marta, Catala, Andreu, Chen, Wei, and Rauterberg,Matthias. “From Mythology to Psychology: Identifying Archetypal Symbols in Movies.” Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research 11.2 (2013): 99-113. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.

Stevens, Lorna, and Pauline Maclaran. “Exploring The Celtic Narrative In Advertising: Goddess Culture And The Lexicon Of Perfumery.” Journal Of Strategic Marketing 15.1 (2007): 29-39. Business Source Complete. Web. 3 Mar. 2016.

“The Sword-Warp Riders.” 2010. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.




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