Mistranslation altered meaning of ancient festival

Below is a fascinating post by Luciana Cavallaro entitled, “Mistranslation Altered Meaning of Cncient Festival,” that highlights some of the pagan roots for Easter that was picked-up in Christian traditions.
JUNE 8, 2018 / CAV12

Eternal Atlantis

Some years ago, when I was researching about Pandora for my short story collection Accursed Women, I learnt there was an error in translation of a word. The significance of that mistranslation changed the way in which the myth was told and, subsequent interpretations through art and spin off stories. You can read about my blog post here: Idle curiosity of malicious intent. While researching about the origins of Easter, I learnt (many of you may already know this) that the Greek word ‘Pascha’ meaning Passover was mistranslated as Easter.

Das, Vraja Bihari (2018). Power of Traditions. Yoga for Modern Age. http://yogaformodernage.com/power-of-traditions/#prettyphoto/0/

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Pagan roots of Easter

The following is the reblog of the article entitled, “Pagan roots of Easter” written by historian and author, Luciana Cavallaro today (March 30, 2018). The post highlights the universal theme of resurrection which has been described in mythology of Ancient Civilizations. It always intrigues me how different myths and religions often intertwine with similar story lines or concepts.

Eternal Atlantis

For those who have been following my blog know I am historian with a specialist interest and knowledge in ancient history. So, the content of this article may not come to you as a surprise. As today is Good Friday, I thought it would be an opportunity to write about the origins of this Holy event beginning with resurrection.

The Return of Persephone, c.1891 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 203×152 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright

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Wishes, Curses and a Sister Saves her Brothers: The Tale of the Seven Ravens

The following is a reblog of post of “Wishes, Curses and a Sister Saves her Brothers: The Tale of the Seven Ravens” that was posted on MARCH 7, 2018 BY ZTEVETEVANS. What grasped my interest was seven brothers were transformed into ravens as a result of their father’s curse that they had not returned with water to baptize their infant sister. It is a poignant tale of the desire of the sister to reunite with her brothers again.

Please enjoy.

Under the influence!

1016px-the_seven_ravenThe Seven Ravens By H.koppdelaney (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWe all have dreams that we wish would come true.  Sometimes we make a wish and that wish is granted but what we actually get may be the result of how we have made that wish. If we make a detrimental wish against someone or something that wish becomes a curse.  Sometimes unforeseen consequences may be unleashed that affect others who have to pay some kind of a price even though they were not the ones who did the wishing. The following is a retelling of a folktale called The Seven Ravens and explores how wishes are made and how they are fulfilled and what can happen when wishes are made in haste or anger.   It appeared in  Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm and is classed as Aarne-Thompson type 451…

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Warning: don’t mess with the fairer sex!

The following is a reblog of an article entitled, Warning: don’t mess with the fairer sex!” posted by Luciana Cavallaro on March 12, 2018. It is a fascinating overview of the unique history of Island of Hephaistos/Hephaestus, today known as Limnos/Lemnos. There are tales that a matriarchal society inhabited the island and archaeologists have found evidence on the island of a possible connection to the Amazons from Scythia. Fascinating read!

Eternal Atlantis

Our next destination has a unique history, and perhaps the earliest forerunner of women’s liberation. Then again, what happened may raise a few brows and possibly considered extreme as to the outcome. We are off to the Island of Hephaistos/Hephaestus, today known as Limnos/Lemnos. It is one of the northern islands of Greece and not far from the Hellespont, the Dardenelles in Turkey, the famous trade route between the west and east, and also where Troy was situated.

From Google maps

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►Tarot: “Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana”🗝️.-

This is a reblog of Tarot: “Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana”🗝️. posted on 01/15/2018 by Aquileana. This article resonated with me because symbols used in Tarot cards have universal meanings in mythology, religion, and psychology (dreams) across the world. Tarot cards do not predict the future but opens up the realm of possibilities with issues at hand.

Hope you enjoy!

⚡️La Audacia de Aquiles⚡️

►Tarot: 

“Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana” 🗝️:

The twenty-two cards of the Arcana Major. Tarot deck: Rider,Waite & Smith.


Introduction and Sketch of this Post:

This is the first post of  the series on “Tarot”. 

Firstly, in section 1), I´ll present an overview of the story of Tarot, its use for divination purposes, tarot spreads, cards´positions (upright or reversed), total number of cards, division into two categories: Major and Minor Arcana.

In the second section (2) of this post, I´ll assess in-depth the Major Arcana. 

For that purpose, I´ll use the classic Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith, which has been continually printed since 1909. Hence, it is easy to find in Bookstores or online nowadays.

Let´s keep in mind that the Major Arcana cards are somehow related to Carl Jung’s archetypes. They are “patterns”, inherent part of the Collective Unconscious. These cards symbolise the process…

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►Greek Mythology: “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎.-

The following post is a reblog from one of my favorite sites that discusses Greek Mythology and its implications for modern day. The 11/30/2017 post by Aquileana is entitled “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”

It is a fascinating overview of Pandora and Helen of Troy, females who fit into Ancient Greek mythology’s patriarchal prejudices against women in their culture.

The myths spring from the cultural anxieties about female beauty and female sexuality, centered on the figure of the Parthenos – the girl at marriageable age, a figure who must cross from the world of childhood in her father’s house to the house of her husband. Both Pandora and Helen of Troy cause tremendous damage, even to people beyond their immediate surroundings.

⚡️La Audacia de Aquiles⚡️

►Greek Mythology: Pandora and Helen of Troy, Misogynistic Stereotypes” /

“Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎:

“Pandora” by John William Waterhouse. 1896.

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“With the curse, comes a blessing. Zeus wanted to punish humanity by creating you, the first woman, and by giving you that box filled with curses such as illness, war, and poverty. But if you look inside the box, one thing remains. It is hope”… (“After the Evil Spirits are Unleashed”. Carolee Croft).-

⇒♦ Introduction and Sketch of this post:

Greece is widely known as the birthplace of democracy, freedom of speech and thought, and egalitarian life. But in ancient Greece, women had no political or social rights. In Ancient Greece, males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, political and social privileges and authority. This, in practice came along with prejudices against women, belittling of women, and their exclusion, and Misogyny in many ways. 

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Vortigern’s Rule: The Treachery of the Long Knives

The following is a NOVEMBER 15, 2017 post by ZTEVETEVANS
Vortigern’s Rule: The Treachery of the Long Knives. The is about the
legendary event of the Saxons’ ambush on the unsuspecting British King Vortigern and his chieftains by the Saxon mercenary leader Hengist in the 5th century at a banquet. The event led up to the legend of Merlin and King Arthur.

Under the influence!

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By Noel Sylvestre (1847-1915) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Treachery and Betrayal

The Treachery of the Long Knives was a legendary event that was allegedly inflicted upon the unsuspecting British King Vortigern and his chieftains by the Saxon mercenary leader Hengist in the 5th century.  It was seen as a supreme act of treachery and betrayal by the Britons and is mentioned in the 6th-century work Historia Brittonum attributed to Nennius.   Later Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century in his work Historia Regum Britanniae (The History of the Kings of Britain) presents a slightly different version.  The work presented here is drawn from both versions.

Hengist and Horsa

The legend tells how after Vortigern had usurped the crown of Britain he turned to the Saxons led by the brothers Hengist and Horsa for help in fighting the Picts and Gaels who were ravaging his kingdom. The Saxons proved…

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