Path to evils...

Blogged Bliss Jan 21, 2022
I should have known that every time I open the door of my room, I am literally opening Pandora’s box...

Have you ever heard or read about Pandora’s box? If yes, definitely you should be a Greek story lover. When we take the word “Greek”, what comes first to our mind is Greek mythology stories. As you know Greek Mythology is the set of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes, and rituals of Ancient Greeks. The most famous Greek Mythology figures are Greek Gods like Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo, Greek Goddesses like Aphrodite, Hera & Athena, and Titans like Atlas, Prometheus.

So many exciting and interesting stories have been built up around these popular characters. Once we read upon one of them, it creates a great yearning to read more and more tales. Out of them, my favorite one is Pandora's box. I thought of sharing it with you since I know that you will be more excited to read it.

One day Zeus, the god of the sky in ancient Greek mythology who is considered as the ruler, protector, and father of all gods and humans, offered gifts to all the gods, but he didn't give much attention to humans. Then one of the Titans, Prometheus felt sorry for humans. He realized that he should do something on behalf of humans. As a result, he climbed up on Mount Olympus, which is notable in Greek mythology as the home of the Greek gods, on Mytikas peak and stole the fire from Hephaestus' workshop whom the god of fire, a blacksmith and craftsman, who made weapons and military equipment for the gods. At last, he put it in a hollow reed and gave it to the humans as a gift. This is how humans could create fire for the first time as said in this story.

However, Zeus became very angry when he got to know about this. He carried away Prometheus to a faraway mountain, the Caucasus, and tied him on a rock with strong chains made by god, Hephaestus. Zeus was very brutal and sent an eagle to eat his liver every day.

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Now Zeus thought of taking revenge. He created the first human woman out of soil and water with the help of Hephaestus. Then Each god offered the woman a gift. God Athena offered her wisdom while God Aphrodite gave her beauty and so on. The next thing was how to name the woman. as she was blessed with many gifts from all the gods, Zeus introduced her as “Pandora” in the means of all gifts in Greek. Next Zeus provided Pandora a jar, warning her not to open it under any circumstances.

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Then he decided to send Pandora to Prometheus’ brother, Epimetheus. Earlier Prometheus had advised Epimetheus not to accept any gift from Zeus. But unfortunately, he accepted Pandora as his wife. As you all know when someone is saying not to open this, we are very curious to open it and see whether what is there. The same thing applied to Pandora too. she couldn’t bear it anymore. suddenly she opened the jar and released all evils upon the world. It is said that Hatred, war, death, hunger, sickness, and all were immediately released to the world. Though she hastened to close the jar, only one thing was left behind it is “hope” or “deceptive expectation".

Pandora seated with her husband Epimetheus, who has just opened her jar of curses; an etching by Sébastien Le Clerc (1676)

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Do you know that there is an idiom known as "to open Pandora's box", which means doing something that will cause many unforeseen harmful issues? Many dramas were produced with the title "Pandora's Box" Illustrating the social and human effects of the evils released from the box. Not only that, a lot of poetry and drawings were done centered around this theme.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting of Pandora holding the box, (1871) : Google Images

There are many other hundreds of myth stories interconnected together in Greek mythology. So, this is your time to search and read what you will find.

Once you open up Pandora’s box of race and gender, you’re never done...


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