There are three different types of Greek Columns:
Saturday, February 19, 2011
5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
6. Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
7. Capture the Cretan Bull.
8. Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
9. Obtain the Girdle of the Amazon warrior queen Hippolyte.
10. Obtain the Cattle of the Monster Geryon.
11. Steal the Apples of the Hesperides, which were strictly guarded by a 100-headed dragon called Ladon.
12. Capture Cerberus, the guardian dog of Hades, using no weapons and bring him back.
One of the things that I’ve learned from being in this class is that Gods are not always good. They are both Constructive and Destructive. The fact that the Gods can be good or evil reminds me of all of the other myths and epics that involve a good and a bad. (Kane & Able; Romulus & Remus)
Although Gilgamesh started out about as close to a monstrous king as you could get; he ended up making up for a lot of his wrong doings.
At first he was a greedy, self-centered man. After the death of his best friend Enkidu however, he realized he was not as indestructible as he thought. He decided to change his life for the good and eventually became a great Mesopotamian hero. I found a Paleolithic carving of Gilgamesh.
He was shown in this stance to show power. He was one of the bravest men during his time. And he wasn't above letting it be known.
Stage I – Departure:
· Call to Adventure
· Supernatural Aid
· Crossing First Threshold (liminal zone)
· Belly of the whale à Death (Could be metaphorical)/Night
Stage II – Initiation:
· Road of trials (scary parts)
· Meeting with the Goddess
· Woman as temptress
· Atonement with the father (metaphorical father or father figure)
· Apotheosis (Climax)
· Ultimate Boon
Stage III – Return:
· Refusal to return
· Magic flight (miracle escape)
· Rescue from without
· Second threshold (Return)
· Master of two worlds
· Freedom to live – Application of Boon
The whole overall concept of a Monomyth is pretty interesting. Each god that we’ve learned about has a different story, but all of them relate to each other in some aspect. Also the idea that myths can have the same general story but be from completely different areas and cultures around the world is a very hard one to grasp. I wonder if there is even one myth that is all its own in the sense that none other has copied it or if it was not copied from another. I guess I’ll just have to keep reading. J