Myth In Life part 1

This is a series is a reminder that the myths have not all gone home. These are images i’ve taken with my phone while out and about. They serve as a reminder that these ancient motifs/archetypes are still with us. If you encounter anything like this, please take a picture and send it my way and it will be part of the next series. Enjoy!

King Midas
The Midas Touch. King Midas was given the gift of the golden touch by the god Bacchus. Realizing that “everything” he touched turned to gold (in some versions, his daughter fell victim), he begged to return his “gift,” which the god finally did.

Later, he insulted the ego of Apollo after a musical competition between the sun god and Pan. This resulted with Midas growing ears like an Ass!

Hermes1
This is from a shop in the Honolulu Airport. They do fashion and perfumes…stuff like that. Hermes is off course one of the more well known Greek Gods. Considered a “Trickster,” Hermes is the god of thieves, weights and measures, merchants, travelers, and shepherds to name a few. He is also in charge of guiding the souls of the dead and is credited with the creation of the lyre.
Hermes2


I was very excited when I saw this sign. The story of Narcissus and Echo is one of my favorite from the Metamorphosis. In the story, Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and stays at the spot, admiring himself until he dies(in some versions he kills himself). In the spot where he died, a flower grew.

Well thats the first installment. Like I said, if you have a picture that you think would work in this series, send it my way and it’ll probably end up here!

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