I have often remarked, with surprise and dismay, how quickly the American people have been to forget about oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon. I noted how, just months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama began efforts to expand offshore drilling in […]
This week, Marvel Comics announced that its comic book hero Thor, which is based upon the Norse god Thor, will become a woman.
A representative of Marvel explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike […]
The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. […]
Answer quickly: Who is the Roman god of the dead? It’s Pluto, right?
Yes, and no. Pluto is a Roman god of the dead, but it turns out that he’s not the only one.
Pluto was inspired by the Greek Hades, who had the nickname Pluton. The Romans also recognized an Etruscan god of […]
Phthinoporon lives in a sweet spot, where she has gained a wise distance from the impulse to sudden movement that captivates those who are of an age for Camp Half Blood, but retains the vitality to take effective action when it is truly called for. […]
A Homeric hymn tells of how Zeus “came” to visit Maia in her “cave”, so that the sky god and the earth goddess became parents of Hermes, the Good Shepherd who moves between earth and sky. […]
While Jesus literally flipped out at moneychangers in the temple, Hermes had the depth to see the sacred quality of their trade, uniting sex, money and enlightenment. […]
Here, next to the rosy colored church Good Shepherd is an ancient depiction of the Greek god Hermes, in a motif known as Hermes Kriophoros – referred to by the ancient Greeks, before Christianity, as the good shepherd. […]
Part of Byatt’s use of Ragnarok is as an ecological warning of the human destruction of life on Earth. That’s all well and good, but this ecological interpretation seems itself to be a metaphor for a deeper, more honest mourning of the open fields of childhood, and its relevance to the eventual devolution of the pure and beautiful into a black inky nothingness. […]
The idea of a centaur seems like mythological bliss, until you start asking the anatomical question of where all the parts go. […]