Greek Mythology

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Echo and Narcissus
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NARKISSOS (or Narcissus) was a young man from the town of Thespiai in Boiotia, a son of the river-god Kephisosand the fountain-nymph Liriope. He was celebrated for his beauty, and attracted many admirers but, in his arrogance, spurned them all. The suffering of two, however, brought down upon him a deadly curse. First there was the nymphe Ekho—a girl cursed by Hera to repeat only the last words of what was said before. When she was rejected by the boy, Ekho faded away in her despair leaving nothing behind but the haunting voice of her echo.
The other admirer was the youth Ameinias who became distraught when Narkissos cruelly spurned him and slew himself before his door, calling on the goddess Nemesis to avenge him. His prayer was quickly answered, when Narkissos fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool. Gazing endlessly at the reflection, he slowly pined away and was transformed by the nymphs into a narcissus flower. Others, however, say he was filled with despair and remorse and killed himself beside the pool. From his dying life’s blood the flower was born.

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"The goddess Artemis had a twin brother, Apollo, the many-faceted god of the Sun. He was her male counterpart: his domain was the city, hers the wilderness; his was the sun, hers the moon; his the domesticated flocks, hers the wild, untamed animals; he was the god of music, she was the inspiration for round dances on the mountains."                            

—  Jean Shinoda Bolen

Rare bronze mask of god Pan found at Golan dig

An extremely rare bronze mask of the ancient Greek deity Pan has been unearthed in an excavation at the Sussita archaeological site on the Golan Heights.

The mask, which dates back to the Hellenistic period, is larger than a human head and is made of bronze. It is extremely rare, because most ancient bronze statues and masks were melted down in later periods.

“Rituals to worship the gods of pasture and the fields, particularly Dionysus, were held fairly often outside the city,” Eisenberg explained. “They included ceremonies that involved drinking, sacrifice and ecstatic worship that sometimes involved nudity and sex. That may be one of the reasons why it was preferred that the participants hold the ceremony outside the city walls.”

Image: Dr. Michael Eisenberg holding up the bronze mask of Pan. 

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lets talk about River Styxx..

So I’m sure most people already know this but for those of you who don’t: The River Styx is a river in Greek mythology, basically when you enter you are alive, once you are in the river you’re half dead but you still have your soul, when you reach the end, or other side you loose your soul and are dead. This explains why River’s doll and character has only some see thru parts, where you can see her bones like she’s half dead. This also helps up depict which Grim Reaper she is daughter of.

In the movie (Haunted) they make it pretty clear there there are other reapers out there and some might even have kids. 

When the doll first came out i didn’t think she looked like a traditional Grim Reaper, I understand that MH is about breaking traditions and what ever but still, She just looked off. But now i understand why, i was trying to associate her with the american GR - all skeleton figure, black cape, and a scythe, But she’s not related to him, She’s the daughter of Charon (Basically Greek myth’s GR), The man who sailed people across the river styx, dividing the living from the dead. Which also explains why she has a boat and sails ghost from the world of the solids to the world of ghosts. 

I periodically do sketches for the labels of new products for the fireworks company my dad works for.  Usually I just send the sketch off to their graphic design people who take care of the rest, which is a pretty ideal arrangement.  This time around one of the new names was “Pandora’s Box” and quite frankly I think my picture for it was a bit much for what they wanted.  My sense of cool design does not always line up with theirs…

So anyway I decided to make it a little more finished and here it is. 

Will you mourn me
as Achilles did Patroclus?
Will you break down
in a torrent of tears
Sprawled forth on the ground
Tearing on your hair
And beating your fist
on cold, hard dirt
Letting out a wail,
long-winded and loud
In hopes for it to reach
the depths of Hades
Will you run into battle
screaming my name
in an armor worthy of the gods
straight towards doom
and follow me right into the grave?

You said you have loved me,
and yet you’ve left me to fight alone.

anonymous asked:

Hades kidnapped Persephone???

(sorry for answering so late, Anon! I wanted to relate the whole story, but my English isn’t as fluent as I wish it was)

And basically: yes. This story is told in Hesiod’s Theogony and in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, which is the oldest homeric hymn known. Nowadays, mythologians also think that this is a later version of an original myth where Persephone was the Underworld queen and Hades her consort, to the contrary of the version we know, where she is the paredra. The Sumerian equivalent of this myth (Ereshkigal, Dumuzi and Inanna) follow this pattern.

According to Hesiod and Homer, Hades asked to Zeus, Persephone’s father, to abduct her and take her to his realm, since her mother Demeter wouldn’t allow her to go to the Underworld. At this time, no one ever return from here. So he abducted her while she was picking flowers in a field with the Oceanid maidens, Artemis and Athena.

Her mother searched her all other the world, grieving, when she discovered that her beloved daughter was gone. In her despair, she neglected the harvests (she’s the goddess of earth, corn and fertility), so humans began to starve. Finally, Helios told her who had taken Persephone, so she asked to Zeus a trial and/or her girl being sent back to her.

But Persephone had eaten seven pomegranate seeds, and no one can come back to the surface after having eaten Underworld food. (I think it’s a proof that she was willing to stay, because greek gods don’t need to eat. In the Iliad, it is clearly said that “the gods do not eat bread nor drink wine, hence they have no blood such as ours, and are immortal” (The Iliad, scroll V). 

In the end, Persephone spend half the year with her husband, in the Underworld, and this provokes winter because her mother misses her ; and the other half of the year to the surface, in spring and summer (Ovid says half the year, but Persephone’s time with Hades can be of various lenghts, according to the author).

It’s how the ancient Greeks explained the seasons.

Proserpine

Le goût de la grenade

N’avait pour elle rien de fade

C’était le goût du pouvoir

Sur les souterrains noirs


Elle n’était pas reine de naissance

Et cette pensée d’impuissance

Que Proserpine voulait rompre

Lui a fait aimé les ombres


La belle Proserpine

Est devenue une épine

Dans le pieds de sa mère

Depuis qu’elle est reine des Enfers

THE SIGNS AS GREEK GODS
  • Aries:Ares, God of War and Chaos
  • Taurus:Dionysus, God of Pleasure and Wine
  • Gemini:Hermes, God of Communication
  • Cancer:Eros, God of Love and Sex
  • Leo:Zeus, God of Lightning and the Heavens
  • Virgo:Attis, God of Rebirth
  • Libra:Chronos, God of Time
  • Scorpio:Hades, God of the Underworld
  • Sagittarius:Hephaestus, God of Weapons and Fire
  • Capricorn:Kratos, God of Strength and Power
  • Aquarius:Morpheus, God of Dreams and Sleep
  • Pisces:Poseidon, God of the Oceans