Myth in Life Pt. 4 Chariots of the Gods

After the Honda Odyssey made an appearance in the last Myth In Life, I thought i might be able to sneak one or two more into the next segment. Well the more I looked, the more i found myself stumbling upon a whole theme. Buckle your seatbelts!

Avalon

We’ll start with a familiar one. Avalon has already made an appearance in the “Whining About Myths” section. Avalon, also known as Apple Island, Island of Blessed Souls, Island of Glass, is the home of Morgan Le Fay. Supposedly the sacred sword Excalibur was forged on the island by the faery folk. When King Arthur was mortally wounded, he was taken by boat to Avalon to be healed.

In other myths Avalon is the hiding place of Ogres who guard sacred Golden Apples which they have stolen from the Gods.

Titans

Those well familiar with Greek Mythology know that the Titans were the big dogs before the classical pantheon. The leader of the Titans was Chronos who rose up against his father Uranus and castrated him. Later, in fear of the same fate, Chronos ate all his children immieditly after they were born. With a little trickery, Zeus escaped this fate and was able to free the rest of his siblings who usurped their predecessors.
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Chronos Devours his Children, Goya

Mazda

Mazda, or Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian creation God of Persian culture. When Zoroaster was in his thirties he received a vision of Ahura Mazda told him about the Good Religion. Zoroaster returned to his people and explained that Ahura Mazda was the only god to be worshipped and that his antithesis, Angra Mainyu, was the source of all sin and evil.

Mercury/Hermes/Thoth

Mercury is the Roman name for Hermes, the Greek God who in his first day of birth stole Apollo’s Cattle and created the Lyre to make piece with him. Some believe that in return for the Lyre, Apollo gave him the caduceus (the winged staff entwined with serpents), others believe Zeus gave him the staff along with the winged sandles and cap when Hermes became Harold to the Gods.

He is also known as Hermes Cthonius. This name respects his magical powers and it is said the only being more powerful was Hecate.

In the realm of scholars and alchemists he is known as Hermes Trismegistus, who has the Egyptians call Thoth.

Pleiades

Its easy to just quickly glance at the Subaru logo and not think to much about it. Its just a bunch of stars. But which stars are they? Turns out they reference a start cluster known as Pleiades, and that actually means a lot!

In Greek Mythology, Pleiades represents the Seven Sisters who were changed into seven doves to escape the relentless pursuit of Orion.

Pleiades had a "Staring" role in the Nebra Sky disk. Its the cluster in the upper right

The Inuit refer to cluster as a group of hunters and dogs who went chasing a great bear, while the Blackfoot tribe say they are lost children who had nothing here, so they went and found a home in the sky. The Cherokee say it is the home of the Anitsutsa, or star-spirits.

Pleiades is also the name given to the sisters who guarded Hera’s Golden Apples with the dragon Ladon.

Groups of UFOoligists credit Pleiades as the home of a Scandinavian Alien race.

Osiris

There are quite a few who believe that the Chrysler symbol is a reference to Osiris, the Egyptian God of the Dead. In the Egyptian Myth, A kingdom was divided between two brothers, Osiris and Set. Set wanted the whole thing, so he put Osiris in a casket and tossed him in the Nile. The body eventually found a resting place where a tree grew around it. When the tree was cut down, the body was discovered and returned to Osiris’s wife/sister Isis. While mourning, she conceived Horus.

Not liking where this was going, Set got a hold of Osiris’s body, cut it into little pieces and tossed them in the Nile. Isis recovered the pieces, all except his penis(bummer), and restored him to life. After all this, Osiris decided to retire and rule the underworld, leaving Horus in charge of both kingdoms.

*an interesting side story, Set gouged out one of Horus’s eyes. Thoth(Hermes) restored it

Well thats it for this round. As always, your own Myth in Life pictures are more than welcome at mythblogogy@gmail.com. I’ll leave you with this. Its anothe rendition of Ahura Mazda, compare it to Osiris…

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Myth in Life Pt. 3

….and we’re back. Hopefully this newest myth in life segment will symbolize a kickstart with more articles to come. Enjoy!

Sprite

Obey Your Thirst!

I love sightings like this, because its right in front of you on a daily basis, with a rich mythological history. Sprite is a blanket term for fairies, pixes, brownies and goblins. This all falls into “little people” mythology. Many culture’s have stories of little people who poses some degree of magic. They can be benevolent or mischievous, sometimes depending on the ethics of the people who encounter them. In Ireland there are the Leprechauns, in Hawaii you’ll hear about the menehune, and new sprite myths have come about int he past 100 years. In World War I, Royal Air Force pilots began blaming “Gremlins” for issues with their planes.

Bugs Bunny Vs. a Gremlin in "Falling Hare"

The Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey barrows it’s name from Homer’s story of Odysseus. His name and story have created a word that means a “grand adventure or quest.”

The Original Odyssey

Mars

God of War Bar

Mars is the son of Jupiter, the Roman God of War. Every day the Roman version of Ares is staring you from the grocery store shelf. I like to think that J.J. Abrams was inspired by the Mars Bar to create his own God candy bar in the hit t.v. show Lost.

Apollo Bar from Lost

Argonaut

The Argonaut

Argonaut refers to a member of Jason’s crew on board the Argo, the ship he used on his quest for the Golden Fleece. The crew included such Mythic Celebrities as Hercules, Orpheus, and Bellerophon.

The Kraken

A bottle of Kraken Rum, courtesy of Hawaiian Mythic Correspondent, Mike Ray

The Kraken has become very popular ever since Davey Jones commanded on in the new “Pirates” movies, and the sea beast also had a cameo appearance in the Clash of the Titan films. In the original “Clash,” the Kraken was one of the last remaining Titans who was unleashed to punish mortals. But the Kraken was never a Titan, in fact, the Kraken doesn’t have roots in Greek mythology; the Kraken is Norwegian. The original Kraken tales aren’t of a tentacled beast, bus something much larger. The Kraken is the monster you heard about in the stories of sailors landing on a mysterious island, only to have it sink out underneath them or swim away. This island sized creature was supposedly a mile-and-a-half in diameter!

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