Hestia is the Greek goddess of hearth and home. While Hera (Roman counterpart, Juno) rules over marriage, childbirth, and family life, Hestia is the happy house-frau, ruling over domestication and household harmony. She never orders take-out or pizza. Though she has some big-time suitors, she doesn’t marry. She rules over the daily bread, the cooking, and… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Polly put the kettle on.
Illustration by Giovanni Caselli
from The Age of Fable… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Can't touch this.
For as long as mankind has been trying to distance himself from his natural, woolly, and animalistic nature, he has also been trying to let it out of its cage from time to time. Off leash. Out of the pen. There are many mythological creatures that are half human, half something animal, vegetable, or mineral, but… Read More Mighty Myth Month: No bull?
The name “Psyche” means “Soul” and her union with Eros (aka Cupid) tells the story of how Love and Soul came to be together. By the way, this story is Roman, not Greek, but it works just as well with the Greek, so that is how I shall tell it. This myth had an enormous… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Psyche.
Look for the video on our Moodle Pages. Instructions By Neil Gaiman Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never saw before. Say “please” before you open the latch, go through, walk down the path. A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted front door, as a knocker, do not touch it; it will… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Instructions.
Oh, to be able to swim underwater without any apparatus or device for breathing, to swim and play in the warm waters, fast as a dolphin, and half as smart. Mermaids live deep in our imaginations, perhaps from our aquatic beginnings. We don’t want to be fish, we just want to live like one. Have… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Blub. Blub. Blub.
Where do you go when you want sanctuary? What surrounds you? What do you see? How do you block out the world? What do you smell? How slowly does your heart beat? Can you sense that you are better? All cultures have their sacred meeting places: temples, synagogues, churches, and mosques, of every faith, of… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Sacred places.
Here’s looking at you, Anansi! Anansi, you old trickster! From the West African area, the Ashanti tribe originated the tales of the most famous spider-god of all, Anansi. Similar to the Coyote in Native American/Central American tales, Anansi is a trickster, a clever fellow who usually gets the best of his foes. (Usually, but not… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Eeek! A spider!
“Humans have always shared the world with animals and, as prehistoric cave paintings attest, animals have always exerted an endless fascination over people’s minds. We have hunted animals, worked with them, and even worshipped them.” —The Illustrated Book of Myths, Tales and Legends of the World retold by Neil Philip. Queztzalcoatl is the Mayan bird/serpent… Read More Mighty Myth Month: Birds of a feather.