The Extension

Myths, Mysteries, and Legends

Posted in Art, Uncategorized by ologundudu on February 10, 2011

I was about to start posting for PPT4. People, Places, Things, which I have blogged a few times now. Generally giving way to things that interest me. Some how while looking at photos for the next installment, I wanted to get a photo of Medusa. This naturally led into looking at mythical photos, particularly of women, and perhaps with an interest towards the mythology of the ancient civilizations.

A few photos below…

The Egyptian goddess Hathor. She is generally seen to personify love, motherhood, beauty and music. Depictions of her are said to be in the tombs of royalty and common people alike, guiding them through the journey to the afterlife.

Andromeda, a princess from Greek mythology, she was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster.

Hindu Goddess, Kali, she represents the “dark mother” and the female power. She is often seen as a ferocious goddess who kills everything in her path. With her many arms, she holds knives, swords, and the head of a demon. She is often depicted with 3 eyes, which represent the present, past, and future.

Mayan Goddess, Ixchel, pronounced ‘ee shell’ said to be a goddess of waters, the earth and the moon. Her temple still stands in Cozumel, Mexico. Her darker side is said to represent a crone, an evil ugly looking older woman who deals with the cycles of life and death, by pouring water from a jug, that produces rainstorms and  floods, that destroy land to give way to rebirth.

Roman Goddess, Minerva. Seen as a goddess of wisdom and science, she is said to have been Jupiter’s only daughter and sprung from his brain fully grown and armed. Created from his brain because man did not invent useful arts and science, they were instead created by the fountain of all wisdom. She was armed because with wisdom and virtue, man would be invincible.

I think the most interesting part of this post, has been skimming the surface of these ancient myths. there honestly things I havent thought about or explored since high school, when entire semesters were dedicated to the subject. But to re-visit these ideas, and stories however briefly, is very interesting indeed.

Enjoy.

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