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PYTHIA -- THE PRIESTESS OF APOLLO AT DELPHI

PYTHIA -- THE PRIESTESS OF APOLLO AT DELPHI

"Priestess of Delphi " (1891) painted by Hon. John Collier (1850-1934) --------------------------------- Pythia (also called Sibyl): The priestess of Apollo at Delphi. She delivered the answers of the god to such as came to consult the oracle, and was supposed to be suddenly inspired by the sulphureous vapors which issued from the hole of a subterraneous cavity within the temple, over which she… Continue

Added by Stephen Contrado on September 10, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

VENUS, GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY

VENUS, GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY

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Stephen Contrado, B.A., Th.M.



Many anthropologists and scholars believe that before the warring Greek-speaking people invaded Greece the indigenous population of the mainland and the Minoans on the Island of Crete worshipped a female divinity, a mother goddess (often accompanied by a smaller male god). The goddess was associated with nature and with the protection of the social order. When the Indo-Europeans conquered the… Continue

Added by Stephen Contrado on August 9, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

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