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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pandora: Once upon a time there was a very bad little girl

"Classics scholars suggest that Hesiod reversed the meaning of the name of an earth goddess called Pandora (all giving) or Anesidora (one-who-sends-up-gifts).  Vase paintings and literary texts give evidence of Pandora as a mother earth figure who was worshipped by some Greeks.  The main English commentary on Works and Days states that Hesiod shows no awareness of the mythology of a divine Pandora Anesidora giver of fertility."

Phipps, William E., "Eve and Pandora Contrasted" in Theology Today, v.45, n.1, April 1988, Princeton: Princeton Theological Seminary.

If Hesiod could subvert the text, so can we.

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