There are two main versions of the Resolution of Alcmene's story. In some versions, a young woman (Historis, Galanthis, Galinthias, Akalanthis) tricks Alcmene's Enemies by making them think that Alcmene has already managed to give birth; in other versions, a weasel runs by Alcmene, or simply passes next to her, thus allowing her to deliver her child. The first type of story depends on a trick, a ruse. The second type relies on the rather obscure powers that are unleashed when an animal runs by the woman in labor, in which case the Resolution is somehow embodied in the animal itself. This chapter focuses on the first type of story, based on the lying, or false, message.
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