P is for Pandora

Pandora was the first human woman, created by the god Hephaestus as punishment for the humans receiving fire from the titan Prometheus.
John William Waterhouse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Her name means 'all gifted', because each of the gods gave her a gift when she was made. Aphrodite gave her beauty, grace and desire; Hermes gave her a cunning mind and crafty tongue; Athena gave her clothes and taught her to be deft with her hands; Poseidon gave her a pearl necklace which would prevent her from drowning; Apollo taught her to sing and play the lyre; Zeus gave her a foolish, mischievous nature and Hera gave her the gift of curiosity.

She was also given a jar by Zeus, and told not to open it. However, her curious nature got the better of her and she opened the jar, releasing all of the evils of humanity. The last thing that flew out of the jar was hope. 

Comments

  1. I have a jar of stuff which needs to be returned to the supermarket, I can inform them it has released all of the evils of humanity, and hope I get a refund.

    Just for a short time I thought we might get a happier ending but it appears not, although that last sentence does leave the possibility slightly ajar . . . . . . . . HA HAHAHH HAh ah ha hah ah hah ahh ah ah ah hahah hah ah haah hahha

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  2. YAY! She's one of my faves in mythology.

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  3. I never knew the full story before; beautiful and fascinating at the same time!

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  4. That's sad. They kind of set her up to fail. =[

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  5. This is the Greek equivalent of curiosity killed the cat!

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  6. If all those things that flew out of the jar were evil than how did hope get in there? LOL! Poor Pandora! Another woman taking the blame just like Eve.

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  7. I had no idea that Pandora was the first human woman, and she was created as a punishment? Wow, very interesting.

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  8. And here I thought Pandora was just a radio station with terrible suggestions of what I should, in theory, like.

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  9. Pandora is one of my favourites, although I had forgotten about the whole hope thing.

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  10. Such a famous figure, yet I don't think I knew any of that about her.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  11. That darn, Pandora. She shouldn't have opened it. But she is definitely a great character!

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  12. The story of Pandora always annoys me, she was just so foolish haha! And now look at all the problems here curiosity has caused!

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