Making My Own Plate

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Simplifying your literary work to a blurb or a simple visual image is difficult and related. The visual may help with marketing, but making the visual image may help in creating a better blurb.I see it as a way to reëxamine the focal points.

I keep using the Parabiago plate because it makes a good starting point. The two lovers, on the original plate may represent Demeter and Iasion; if  this plate depicts the birth of Zeus. Flora (Chloris) and Zephyr are another possibility and my preferred choice.

Rhea’s (Magna Mater) chariot takes up too much room on the plate, for my purpose, but I may use another shape—a mask shape. Other sections will change, but the Karpoi (the Fruits) and their offerings are a great depiction. The right side and the top of the plate have less to offer and I will probably use other symbols.

Give Her The Grapes

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The little dude exposing himself is offering a big hint. I noticed this as I pondered the masks on some of the faces. They often call the goddess in fertility rites, the goddess who shall not be named and that may explain her mask. Why some of the Karpoi wear masks; I can’t say. This is the Parabiago Plate.

Mixing Waters

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Our ancient ancestors depicted nature cycles in their myths.  Many cultures describe the hydrologic cycle, as we do today; they just added deities to the mix. The Parabiago plate shows a fertility cycle and at the bottom, you will find two sea deitiesTethys, the goddess is my particular topic. Tethys belongs in the fertility cycle because the ocean contributes to the rain cycle. Thalassa is an older and comparable deity and she spawned the Telchines – Cabeiri equivalent.

My last post was about Tiamat the dragon goddess — another sea goddess. I doubt the Sumerian sea dragon spewed fire; I suspect the dragon’s superpower matches the King Serpent (Vasuki) from Hindu and Buddhist mythologies = churning. The undulation used in the belly dance probably originated with Tiamat worshipers.

I already had a sea motif in my early chapters, so Tiamat easily into my fertility cult. I need to create tattoos for one of my characters to symbolize Tiamat.

One note about the Parabiago plate; Wikipedia corrected some mistakes but still have a notable error. Ancient Greeks and Romans only recognized three seasons, Using the term ‘erotes’ to describe the dwarves is fine, but they do not truly represent seasons. They may represent festival periods and either the offerings or reaping periods.

Exchanging Mythology

imoc14_8 Old and New World mythologies share many traits. Names change with region and era, but the same old symbols keep showing up. I show the Parabiago plate, once again, which best  depicts the Greek and Roman mythologies – but now I want to apply it to Native American mythology in the Southeast. Robert Graves coined the term Triple Goddess; which is what you see here highlighted in green. Graves labeled the three after the three stages of life: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone (Sorry, about the Crone – don’t shoot the messenger).

Sometimes mythologies separate the aspects into separate deities and sometimes they merge into one or even two goddesses. I see Persephone as both the earthly Maiden and the Crone (when she descends to the underworld). Demeter remains the earthbound mother. I prefer to see the Maiden (on the left) as Flora of Roman mythology and her lover is the West Wind (the Greek, Zephyrus or the Roman, Favonius). In the Southern Death Cult, Native Americans have the Corn Mother (the nature deity also known as the Old Woman Who Never Dies). Nokomis is such a spirit – you see her in Ojibwe traditional stories and in The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Nokomis shares her lover with Flora – the Ojibwa call the West-Wind, Mudjekeewis and he fathered Hiawatha.

So what about the Little People? I highlighted the Karpoi (the Fruits work for Gaia) in red and the Seminoles, and others descended from the Southern Death Cult called dwarves – the Fastachee or the “Little Givers.” Matches those guys on the Parabiago plate. Mother nature deities work for the local Mother Nature, in many culture. Sometimes they work for mineral and craftsman gods, as well. Hephaestus, Ptah of Egypt, and good old Santa Claus have their own little guys to do the work. More on the corn goddesses tomorrow. I switched from Tricksters to Fertility deities, in my novel – so I’m backpedaling to make some changes. I hope to allude to Southern Death Cult deities and Nokomis, in my final draft. One further note, Nokomis, Florida is nearby Ringling’s winter home and where many Little People lived. Coincidence – I think not.

I Must Ascend

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I am renaming John Travolta’s pose, in Saturday Night Fever; I now name thee — the “I Must Ascend pose.” I  thought up the name when I stumbled on William Orpen’s painting (top left) “Sowing New Seed.” The artist’s fertility symbolism is simple, but superb.

“I must ascend,” says the one child,

No, please stay with me brother,” says the other.

The Parabiago Plate has two little people striking a similar pose (lower right portion of the lower image). The plate depicts a fertility rite and I’m 100% certain that pose says, “I must ascend.”

Do you see Kismet in how the pose signaled Travolta’s own ascension? Kismet comes up often in my obsession with Florida, Flora, and Disney. Travolta even lives here in Florida, last I knew. I’m not sure who is writing this book that I call mine. The words, psychic and psycho, often flash across my mind, but psycho rambles inside my skull — way too often. Ponce de Leon even named Florida after the Easter-time festival that was once held for the Roman goddess –Flora.

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Goat Goddess on a Plate

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My interpretation of the figures on the Parabiago plate differs from other sources. I think the hoof looking hand, on the woman, rests on a horn (even though it has some similarity to a snake). Amalthea, the goat goddess, nursed Zeus (I think baby Zeus sits on top of the Cornucopia). Names change with time and region. Mother Earth fits for present day Americans, but I’m not sure the name works as works in England.

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