Baubo Beset by Bes

The image above is Beset a female-demon form of Bes, an Egyptian deity. I suspect Baubo and Beset are related. Baubo and Bes are both comedic guardians of children, as are the Cabeiri. In my third novel, my main character acts as a caretaker to a little girl, but I’m not sure why anyone would want to do the girl any harm — I need to figure out that particular motive. My main character’s rival faction is gunning for financial property, but it has nothing to do with the girl. Maybe I’ll be more motivated to write after I figure out his next motive.

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English: Sudan National Museum: Female Demon Beset
Date 27 December 2016, 11:12:08
Source Own work
Author Clemens Schmillen
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My Twist On Mystery Cult Mythology

Baubo has a role in the Eleusinian Mysteries, not the Samothracean mysteries of the Cabeiri, but I defend my logic in placing her in my novel’s Cabeiri cult because of Hecate’s involvement in the Cabeiri rituals and the theorized position that Baubo is the crone form of Hecate.

The Hecaterides link to both, Hecate and Baubo. Obviously, you can see by the names that Hecate and the Hecaterides have links. The Hecaterides are mothers to the groups associated with the Cabeiri, the  Dactyls and the Curetes are considered the same as the Cabeiri.

The He Hecaterides link to the Dionysian mysteries, as well, because they also mothered the Satyrs. Since the Orphic mysteries are a reformed version of the Dionysian mysteries, so the other mysteries twist into the Orphic mysteries. The Eudemian Theogony also considers the Orphic cult a synthesis of BacchicKouretic cults.

I’m certain that the Cabeiri have links to Egypt’s Ptah; which makes give the cult links to the cult of Serapis (a deity created from Ptah and Osiris).

I consider the Cabeiri a collective of different groups consisting of dancers, acrobats, and clowns. The mystery cults used performers to create wonderment. I see the performers as ancient Carny folk and I consider the  Cabeiri, in my novel, a Carny cult and consider Baubo as on of the performers.

The Idyllic Nymph of Winter Garden

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One of my fictional cult members will probably need to work at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens (aka The Polasek). I want an ecology-themed scene and Polasek’s sculpture, The Idyll, gave me an idea.

Angelia (Angelos), the daughter of Zeus and Hera will probably play a role in the scene. The Cabeiri played a role, in her sole surviving myth; which makes her an excellent choice for my novel.

The 3 images come from Wikimedia. The first shows Albin Polasek; the second shows the entrance to the sculpture gardens; and the Polasek’s sculpture The Forrest Idyll, in Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.

Prancing Around The Flower Prince

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Fertility gods share similar dancers. Attis has the Galli and the Cabeiri.(Corybantes). Xochipilli doesn’t castrate, but he’s known for having male homosexual dancing around him. Bacchus and Dionysus have an entourage of beautiful women and beastly gents dancing around them. I used the term Prince instead of god because such gods often have youthful aspects. Sky gods rule; fertility gods normally find something else to do.

I show the Parabiago plate, again, because it shows three Corybantes dancing around Attis and Cybele.

The Cabeiri and the Rational Feminist

Curètes dancing around the infant Zeus, as pictured in Themis by Jane Ellen Harrison (1912,-horz

Camille Paglia says many Feminists have ignored Jane Ellen Harrison‘s career and I can’t help but agree because Harrison and I have shared interests. Harrison drew the drawing, on the left; which depicts the Kouretes (the Cabeiri) dancing around baby Zeus. When I read about Harrison—I identified her as a rational Feminist and I consider Paglia, as amongst the rational.

Harrison focused on career, not protests. Her spiritual daughter Hope Mirrlees broke into the Science Fiction and Fantasy award without the help of many women because women were not the common readers of those genres, at that time. Men didn’t stop women from enjoying Fantasy and Sci-Fi—women created their own definitions of womanhood. Many Feminists blame males for the definition, but peers create the definition.

Feminist factions play a role in my novel, as do the Cabeiri. I’m working on creating a schism between the factions and character named ‘Hope Harrison’ seems the likely way that I will ode, Harrison and Mirrlees. The fruit may be the symbol of her faction because rational feminism is about prizing the fruit; whether it be, the fruit of your labors or the fruit of the loin. The Cabeiri represent and guard the fruit of Mother Earth; whether her name is Gaea, Cybele, Rhea, Flora, or Demeter.

In Chapter I: The Hymn of the Kouretes, p. 1 and 26. On page 26, Harrison describes the Kouretes as, “primitive magicians…seers (μαντεις). When Minos in Crete lost his son Glaukos he sent for the Kouretes to discover where the child was hidden. Closely akin to this magical aspect is that fact that they are metal-workers. Among primitive people metallurgy is an uncanny craft and the smith is half medicine man.”

Harrison describes the Kourete dance as a ‘ghost dance’ —  a dance honoring ancestral heroes.

The Cabaret of Characters

Thalia, Muse Of Comedy by Louis-Michel van Loo-horz

In mythology, Thalia is the muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. The mask of comedy is always within her grasp and she is listed as a mother of the Corybantes (the Cabeiri). One problem with mythology is that sources often fail to agree; for Rhea, the earth goddess dug into the ground and brought forth the Dactyls (who are also the Cabeiri, but ‘fingers’ are the key—the Cabeiri are finger puppets; they are the valiant fools—they bloom.

A proper hero must always spend time as a fool, so all heroes pray to the Cabeiri. Writers create a cabaret of characters; they dance to the author’s tune. You can’t one note. The Cabeiri are an orgy of notes; set forth, by the musicians fingers. Thalia means ‘to flourish’ and the Cabeiri are the flourishing fingers that create the cabaret. Flourishing is also synonymous with fertility. Mythology is confusing, but it always comes down to the symbols. Puppetry falls under the ‘mask of comedy’ and puppets are finger driven fools. Heroes are the puppets of gods and the Cabeiri are the fingers.

When I decided to use the Cabeiri cult for my novel, I did it because they are often described as dwarfs; they also had a mysterious link to creation. Fingers are tools of creativity and that is why the muse of comedy is mother to the Cabeiri (Corybantes). Trying to pierce the veil of the Mystery Cults is a tough task; which, I stumbled into and see occasional bright lights of sanity (or maybe they are the bright lights of insanity).

The Rover or The Banish’d Cavaliers is a play written by the English author Aphra Behn and a quote from her play—spawned a play entitled She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy by Anglo-Irish[1] author Oliver Goldsmith. Behn is a member of my fictional cult and conquering is her game; she is noted to have worn many masks and is surrounded in mystery; she even acted as a spy. Her role in the Feminist pantheon is of most interest to me. Virginia Woolf say’s in A Room of One’s Own,  ‘All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.’

Simplifying Fertility Mythology

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Why did I put a goat face on Attis –because he is the hapless hero who got reaped. The mountain goddess oysters and sausage, back in the bad old days. They took it all off, so Attis has to sing soprano in the Castrati chorus for the rest of his mythical life.

Goddesses  presided over the sowing, nursing, and the reaping of crops. The Harvest festival is often the biggest shindig and you can see on the Cabeiri dance on the Parabiago plate above. The Cabeiri used their shields as percussion instruments and were known for their drunken orgies. Pity the poor boy who had to play the portray, Attis, at the harvest festival, I’m sure he was the butt of many jokes.

Attis, the god, had a sprig; which grew back, but humans males are not so lucky. The myth says the sight of the great goddess drove Attis insane and he performed his own castration. He was also supposed to wed and bed the king;s daughter, at the time of the castration. Maybe it wasn’t the sight of the goddess; which, drove him to do such a thing – but the sight of the Princess.

Nemesis Served on a Plate

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Chaos rules in mythology. Deities change names and shuffle properties with each era and region.  Nemesis, the goddess, is also part Lady Justice and Fortuna plus she is ascribed as mother of the Telchines, who are also the Cabeiri/Corybantes. You will also have people like me telling you that Hephaestus is a water deity and no one with some knowledge about Greek mythology will say such a thing but people willing to take another look may see my point. Where did Hephaestus grow up?

You will not find Nemesis on the Parabiago plate but change a few symbol changes can make her fit. The Karpoi (the fruit) or what other names they may go by fall in the Little People who do all the work category. The Karpoi on the Parabiago plate are obviously agricultural deities. Use metallurgy symbols instead and they will move into the Telchine and Cabeiri territory. Tartarus was the Telchine father and Nemesis’ lover; he is also shares underworld deity status with Dis Pater.

I typed in “Rich Father” with blue font because that is what Dis Pater translates to. I also typed in, “The Riches” because foodstuffs, metals and minerals fall under the riches of the earth.Change symbols of the lovers on the lower left portion of the plate and you will also change the appropriate identity of those Little people. Oceanus still fits but Nyx (night) is most often described as the mother. Using Hephaestus in place of Oceanus and pair him with Cabeiro  gives you a match that gave birth to the Cabeiri. The Hephaestus, as a water deity becomes a better fit. Hephaestus, the Cabeiri, and the Telchines share blacksmith tongs as a symbol which also links all three to the crab.

Now lets use the zodiac. Virgo (the virgin) + Libra (the scales) = Nemesis (Lady Justice)

The crab (or crayfish) is Cancer

My point being that these are symbols older than Greek mythology; they dip into the Babylonian era. These are very old symbols and were associated with the most significant gods. You may never have heard of the Cabeiri, but they were recognized as great Gods. Nemesis makes for a nice match with Innana. I haven’t even gone into the Leda and the Helen of Troy links in these mythologies. I’m probably going to need presentation software to get people to see some of the things I see and use in my novel For another day.

Side note: Good for Miley Cyrus to use her celebrity status on something important.

The Nemesis of Satan

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The bible says pride caused Satan’s fall. In Greek mythology, Nemesis takes vengeance on pride. I show Lady Justice, but this blindfolded goddess came from the joint attributes of Tyche (Fortuna) and Nemesis. Maybe my mind ran some old info up when I decided to use this goddess (in my present chapter under rewrite) or it was blind luck. Reasoning did come in play because pride is only bad in excess; pride sits on scales..

Sons of Nemesis, Castor and Pollux, have ties to the saints, Peter and Paul. Some myths call Leda, the mother. Zeus, as a swan, did the fatherly deed. Helen of Troy is the ugly duckling born from this union, she also factors in my book. Of course, the Cabeiri play a larger role and the twins, turned constellation (Gemini) seem to have links to my little Mystery Cultists. What a tangled web – me weave (I write fiction and the game is to deceive even though I most often keep to the truth).

Why isn’t Lady Justice a comic book character?

Gustave Doré’s illustration of Satan’s fall (right) from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Frankfurt’s statue of Lady Justice from Wikimedia (author: Retouched)

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Cycling Mythology

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I play with coincidence; the cosmic coincidence coined as Kismet. Fertility cults worship at  the crossroads which bridge life and death. Women and wine played big parts; hence, the top left hand corner. Fungi, like magic mushrooms, most likely helped with the ecstasy effect. My bonding rings allude to more than marriage; they also represent mixology and infinity.

I made these focus maps to help me decide where my novel needs work. My allusions to the feline goddesses look weak. Flora goes with Superman; but Mighty Mouse may be more apt. I explained some of the Disney coincidence in an earlier post. I suspect the god known as El has ties to the underworld. Adonis, an early version of superman. Names change and I favor Favonius and Flora, as my underworld deities but The El name fits my Disney link.

I use the Parabiago as my template for the Mystery Cults. I see the little people as underworld deity’s, who distribute the earths riches. Carpos means fruit and I believe the Cabeiri shown on the Parabiago Plate stem from an Egyptian underworld god (Ptah). Florida’s penis shape and the bull have links to Ptah in my book filled with literary allusions I’m sure m novel reads easier than I make it sound. I prefer hidden depth.

 

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