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Pink Headed Reed Snake2

Non-venomous Pink Headed Reed Snake

Medusa-Caravaggio (Uffizi)

The head of the Hesperide Medusa on the shield of Athena. One of Medusa's severed heads became Pegasus but the other became the monster Chrysaor.

Héraldique meuble Pommier

The immortality-giving Golden (glittering/glowing) "apples" of the Hesperides

The Godess Nature Fountain

The "grapes" and "wine" of Artemis

See also:

Comparative mythology
At-a-glance/Aztec, Maya, Inca, Ho-Chunk, Navajo, Chinese, and Hindu mythology
Norse, Greek, & Roman mythology
Yoruba, Biblical, Canaanite, Sumerian & Egyptian mythology


Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

-Joseph Campbell



In the beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth.
And the Earth was without time and without structure, and Skotos was upon the deep.
And the Wind of God bore up upon the face of the waters.


And Elohim "said", Let there be light, and there was light.
And Elohim saw the light that it was good, and Elohim divided between the light and the Skotos.
And Elohim called the light Hemera, and the Skotos he called Nyx,
and there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


And Elohim said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the water, and let it cause water and air to separate, and it was so.
And Elohim made the firmament, and Elohim divided between the water which was under the firmament and the air which was upon the firmament.
And Elohim called the firmament Ouranos, and Elohim saw that it was good,
and there was evening and there was morning, the second day.


And Elohim said, Let the water which is under the heaven be collected unto one place, and let the dry appear, and it was so.
And the water which was under the heaven was collected into its places, and the dry appeared.
And Elohim called the dry land Gaia, and the gatherings of the waters he called Thalassa, and Elohim saw that it was good.


Elohim said, `Let the earth yield tender grass, herb sowing seed, fruit-tree making fruit after its kind, on the earth:' and it is so.
And the earth brought forth tender grass, herb sowing seed after its kind, and tree making fruit after its kind; and Elohim saw that [it is] good;
and there is an evening, and there is a morning -- day third.


And said Elohim , `Let be light sources in expanse (shield) [of] the heavens, to the separation between the day and between the night and [let them] be to signs and to beacons and to days and years,
and they have been for light sources in the expanse of the heavens to enlighten the earth.


And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs


ir-os = eros = eyes many
ir-on = orion = eyes great
ir-on-os = ouranos = eyes great many

cheir-os = chrys-aor = hands many (cf. gold)
cheir-on = chiron = hands great
cheir-on-os = chronos = hands great many

di-os = zeus = many heads (many enlighteners)
di-on = dione = great heads (cf. Zion)
di-on-os = dionysus = many great heads


Dios/Zeus - from root *dyeu[1] "to gleam, to shine; to enlighten; to project light;" also the root of words for "sky" and "day" (cf. diurnal, diǎn).


And the woman said unto the serpent, `Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we do eat,
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said,
         "Ye shall eat of it not;   ye shall die"
And the serpent said unto the woman,
         "Ye shall eat of it;   not ye shall die"


And Jehovah (cf. Jove) Elohim said to the woman, `What [is] this you have done?'
and the woman said, `The (sneaky) snake snaked me -- and I did eat

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