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By: Stefanie

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 14:00:41 +0000

Yes, Silverneurotic, there are many Biblical type comparisons that can be made. I'm not up on my Biblical scholarship enough to actually make any kind of coherent comparisons, but I can see that they are there. Ah, Dokorholocaust, thank you for the clarification. And you are right, the god/human offspring often don't have an easy time of it. Vampire Jesus made me laugh :)



By: doktorholocaust

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 02:53:41 +0000

PKD and I were not referring to the GReek personification of panic so much as the word itself, which is derived from the name of Pan. Dionysus is insane for a lot of reasons. I recall reading one myth mentioning that he was raised by the Hyades, the rainy ones, sort of the evil reflection of the pleiades. They weep constantly, because their little boy is ceremonially ripped apart evyer so often as the myth plays itself out over and over, regrown from his own heart by Zeus, only to be torn apart all over again, as dionysus was the basis for the sacrificial Year-king. Historically speaking, the hyrbid sons of gods and man do have hard lives, which can certainly be maddening. Heros, there were once called, and usually burdened with the task of saving a lot of people and otherwise being in the middle of what would become a big dramatic myth, but elsewhere they got called Saviors and were expected not only to save people from other people, but to get between wrathful gods of smiting and mass destruction and the already-suffering people such gods like to pick on. So, yeah, from time to time they snap, giving rise to such legends as the Vampire Jesus (He gave his blood for your sins, and now he wants it back!).



By: silverneurotic

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 20:32:09 +0000

Reminds me of the Bible. I "tried" to read the Bible, as a piece of literature and some ultra religious text but the constant connections of each person did my head in...at least now I have an understanding of where all that came from though.



By: Stefanie

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:12:33 +0000

Funny you should say that Sylvia, because the next part of the poem compares men to the drones of the hive who have to do all the work while the women just sit around a reap the benefits of men's labor. And thanks for the plural! Interesting quote Doktoholocaust. The god Panic and Dionysus are related, of course, but in the Greek pantheon Panic does not appear to be derivative. Panic was born of Aphrodite and Ares. Dionysus is the son of Zeus and Semele and Semele is the daughter of Harmonia and the mortal Kadmos. Harmonia is Panic's sister. Perhaps Dionysus is so insane because he is offspring of god and mortal? You make a good point that there are so many temples because the Greeks both revered and feared the gods. Thanks Litlove! My husband doesn't leave empty milk cartons in the fridge anymore he's had 15 years of training so we've been able to move on to other things ;) If your library has the Lattimore translation Dorothy, the charts are all there in the back of the book.



By: Dorothy W.

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 12:41:15 +0000

Now those charts sound like they would be very useful -- I should get me some of them, because I can't keep the gods straight!