(a theme to which I will hopefully return when I am more educated on it)
so I learned this morning that Pandora, the first mortal woman, traditionally deemed the originator of human [female] sin, was created by Hephaestus. (after Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man because he disagreed with how difficult the gods made life for mankind. This made Zeus mad so Prom’s chained up in Caucasus and an eagle eats his liver every day for ever, or was saved by Hercules, depending on whose version you follow…these guys are already established as being Pretty Damn Extra.)
Zeus told Hephaestus ‘go forth and make another one’. My allegiance is with Prometheus in all this but that’s another post.
Hephaestus, blacksmith god, craftsman, was [correct me if I’m wrong] a Fairly Misogynistic God who created Pandora according to his own ideology of how he believed women to be. So the attributes of cunning, deceit, all those negative attributes linked to Eve, sin, and all that jazz in many creation myths…that shit came from an angry dudebro with a hammer saying ‘yo imma pour my angst bout bitches n hoes into this one hoe, Zeus’ll give her a jar, tell her not to open it (she’ll obviously open it) l0l’
‘why are you doing this hephaestus’
‘for the bant you love it haha’
(then a bunch of other gods also contributed to Pandora [her name means ‘all gifts’])
Just thought that was quite interesting. That the lady typically blamed for all of mankind’s issues was a) made by an asshole blacksmith, b) [arguably] shouldn’t have got married to Epimetheus anyway because he was Warned not to accept any ‘gift’ from Zeus so he deserves a degree of responsibility here, because without the wedding, there wouldn’t have been the jar [pithos] as a wedding “”gift””, and None Of This Would Have Happened, and c) Pandora was [arguably] tricked into opening the jar anyway.
Well, it was unfortunate. She could have been awesome. I think she was awesome, but sabotaged from the start. According to greek-gods.info:
‘All Olympian gods contributed to the creation of her appearance and personality, in both a positive and a negative way.
Aphrodite, the goddess of love, blessed her with beauty and grace, but on the other side there was Apollo, the god of the music, who seeded lies into Pandora’s soul…
Athena, with the help of the Graces , ornated her with golden jewelry, but Hermes, the gods’ messenger, made her shameless and Hera, the wife of Zeus, blessed her with extreme curiosity.’
And according to http://www.greeka.com/greece-myths/pandora.htm:
‘The woman was molded of earth and water and once the body was ready, the Four Winds breathed life into it. She was then given gifts from all the Olympian gods. Aphrodite gave to her unparalleled beauty, grace and desire. Hermes, the messenger god, gave her a cunning, deceitful mind and a crafty tongue. Athena clothed her and taught her to be deft with her hands. Poseidon bestowed on her a pearl necklace that would prevent her from drowning. Apollo taught her to play the lyre and to sing. Zeus gave her a foolish, mischievous and idle nature and last but not least, Hera gave her the wiliest gift, curiosity.’
aphrodite gave love [and beauty in most versions], athena gave jewellery and clothes and skills, hera made her curious. these are not bad things.
apollo gave her LIES, hermes gave her CUNNING, and zeus made her FOOLISH, MISCHIEVOUS AND IDLE
anyone else noticing a theme here of male gods screwing things up?? [apart from Apollo who at least made her musical] [but Poseidon’s gift?? c’mon guy, I mean an anti-drowning necklace is handy but…is that all you’re gonna give?]
🙂 more on this later probably