Plant Growing in Man

Doctor finds plant growing inside man’s lung

Reminds me of a recent horror novel entitled The Ruins, by Scott Smith (made into a movie). In this book, the origin of the evil plant is never made clear, although a tantalizing hint is given: something about the indigenous people having a legend that a people made of wood were created before human beings were created.

I believe this is a reference to the Mayan creation myth, in which the gods had created humans in three tries. The first attempt was with mud, and was an immediate failure. The second attempt was with wood and was more promising, but ultimately the gods decided to scrap this attempt and destroy the People of Wood. The third attempt was with corn, which was successful — leading to us. In The Ruins, it is hinted that the evil plant is a survivor of the People of Wood. Resentful of the People of Corn, this last surviving remnant of the People of Wood wishes to have revenge. I am sure that Mr. Smith was referencing the Mayan creation myth.

I am currently listening to an audio course entitled Myth in Human History. (If you’d like to purchase it but it isn’t on sale right now, just wait; The Teaching Company rotates sales on their titles.)


People of the Wood reminds me of the element Wood in the Chinese Five-Element system.

And People of Corn reminds me of Stephen King’s short story Children of the Corn.

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