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Pandora, What is in That Box?

August 11, 2016 1 Comment

Pandora and box

Pandora and box

The myth of Pandora is a Greek creation story.  Zeus ordered Hephaestus (blacksmith of the gods) to make the first woman.  He did this using water and earth.  Her name means all gifted because various gods gifted her with talents.  She was married to Epimethius as a major prank.  She was designed to punish disobedient  humans.  She was irresistible.   She arrived with a box which was not to be opened.  We know the part of the story in which she does open the box and evil and suffering escapes.  In fact, evil runs rampant on earth as a result of Pandora’s weakness of curiosity.  She has something in common with Eve, the first woman who just had to try the forbidden fruit in the garden.

When Pandora sees that she has released illness and evil on the earth she attempts to close the box quickly.  In the original story she came with a jar (pithos).  Later translations from the Greek changed the jar to a box.  Either way, she managed to close the container with hope trapped inside.  I feel this myth is pertinent to our world situation today.  The evil, the misery, the illness has been released into our atmosphere. It is swirling all around us everywhere.  Hope is often obscured, as if it is enclosed in some secret vessel.

Pandora and box

Pandora and box

Pandora and Eve, First Ladies of Earth

March 27, 2014 3 Comments

Pandora was created as a trophy bride for Prometheus’ younger brother, Epimetheus.  She was intentionally created of earth and water to play havoc with humans. The gods endowed her with super powers, thus worthy of her name which means all-gifted.  After her arrival at her husband’s house she opened her famous box (or jar) which was full of evil spirits.  Like Eve, she had orders to keep the box closed but her curiosity was too strong.  Unlike Eve, at the bottom of Pandora’s box one spirit remained, Elpis, the spirit or diamon of hope.  While the evil spirits escaped and forced man to do hard labor, just like the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, hope remained in Pandora’s box.  Her daughter, Pyrrha was the first mortal child born on earth.  Pyrrha and her husband survived the Great Deluge to repopulate the earth, not unlike Noah and his family.

Can you think of events in your life or in history that remind you of Pandora’s box?

 

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