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Here at the Institution, we set out to keep mankind safe from those who never should have existed.Our goal is to study them, to understand them, and to prevent them from causing harm to others. There are three simple rules: don’t speak to your subject, don’t touch them, and never let them out of your sight.
Stiles when taken into consideration always seems to come back to the Greeks and the myths surrounding their gods
There are some truly amazing parallels; we have a few withHerakles-
Extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity, and sexual prowess with both males and females were among the characteristics commonly attributed to him. Heracles used his wits on several occasions when his strength did not suffice.His iconographic attributes are the lion skin and the club. These qualities did not prevent him from being regarded as a playful figure who used games to relax from his labors and played a great deal with children.By conquering dangerous archaic forces he is said to have “made the world safe for mankind” and to be its benefactor. Heracles was an extremely passionate and emotional individual, capable of doing both great deeds for his friends (such as wrestling with Thanatos ) and being a terrible enemy who would wreak horrible vengeance on those who crossed him.
Then we have the interesting connection to avians, in particular Owls, who belong to the Goddess Athenedarachmoon did a meta on the third eye which explores the connection here.
Athena’s epithets include Άτρυτώνη, Atrytone (= the unwearying), Παρθένος, Parthénos (= virgin), and Πρόμαχος, Promachos (the First Fighter, i.e. she who fights in front).
In poetry from Homer, an oral tradition of the eighth or seventh century BC, onward, Athena’s most common epithet is Glaukopis (γλαυκῶπις), which usually is translated as, bright-eyed or with gleaming eyes. The word is a combination of glaukos (γλαυκός, meaning gleaming, silvery, and later, bluish-green or gray) and ops (ὤψ, eye, or sometimes, face). It is interesting to note that glaux (γλαύξ, “little owl”) is from the same root, presumably according to some, because of the bird’s own distinctive eyes. The bird which sees well in the night is closely associated with the goddess of wisdom: in archaic images, Athena is frequently depicted with an owl (or “owl of Athena” and later under the Roman Empire, “owl of Minerva”) perched on her hand.
Well there are some very interesting things here! Promachos – one who fights in front, we’ve actually seen Stiles Step up and fight in front once (not exactly his most glorious moment) and he does have a tendency to want to be involved at the “front” so to speak.
The bit I found most interesting is the gleaming eyes, I know Stiles hasn’t had any gleaming eyes yet, But we have had a bit of a focus on eyes, in particular Stiles eyes. I wonder if he will have gleaming silvery eyes at some point?
The most interesting Parallel to the Greek myths is actually another God entirely.
A god who is described as a deified trickster – Hermes.
Hermes is a god of transitions and boundaries. He is quick and cunning, and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He is protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade. In some myths he is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind.
Stiles is the character most clearly associated with boundaries and transition, shown often with doors. Doors being symbols of boundaries and transitions.
“Hermes” may be related to Greek ἑρμηνεύς hermeneus (“interpreter”), reflecting Hermes’s function as divine messenger. The word “hermeneutics”, the study and theory of interpretation, is derived from hermeneus.
Our sweet Stiles who interprets the world for us and for Scott, he’s the one who gives us the narrative to a large extend, he helps Scott he is also the one who is a divine messenger, often telling the truth before it is known to be the truth. (though he is disregarded, perhaps this is in part his own fault for not embracing everything he is?)
Homer and Hesiod portrayed Hermes as the author of skilled or deceptive acts, and also as a benefactor of mortals. In the Iliad he was called “the bringer of good luck,” “guide and guardian” and “excellent in all the tricks.”
Stropheus, “the socket in which the pivot of the door moves” (Kerényi in Edwardson) or “door-hinge”. Protector of the door (that is the boundary), to the temple
Stiles who takes care of the group, specifically liam this season, reassuring him and giving comfort, guardian of flocks.
And the three others talk about being a guardian of the door or the gate, Stiles who could be a key and a lock? Maybe he contains or at least stands as guardian before the gate.
Furthermore we have this about Hermes -
A cult was established in Greece in remote regions, likely making him a god of nature, farmers, and shepherds. It is also possible that since the beginning he has been a deity with shamanic attributes linked to divination, reconciliation, magic, sacrifices, and initiation and contact with other planes of existence, a role of mediator between the worlds of the visible and invisible.
Clearly Stiles has something of this in him, he’s clearly been in contact with other planes of existence, Bardo, I also did a meta before that touched on the Sacrifices and how it may have given all three of them the gift of foresight.
And oh what is this last thing I spy about Hermes?
One of the oldest places of worship for Hermes was Mount Cyllene in Arcadia, where the myth says that he was born. Tradition says that his first temple was built by Lycaon.
Yes we’ve just neatly tied into the Myth which Gerard retells as the origin of Werewovles!
Stiles with his clear ties to any and all things Hale is clearly linked here to Hermes again. While the Hales then become Lycaons get, which unsurprising, but just about every hale we’ve seen has had some kind of respect for Stiles (and Lycaon built the first temple to Hermes in Arcadia)