Saturday, 27 September 2008

the Pelasgian creation myth

In the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, rose naked from Chaos and divided the sea from the sky. By dancing on the waves she set the winds in motion. When she rubbed the north wind between her hands, the great serpent Ophion (1) was created and after he coupled with Eurynome, she, taking the form of a dove, laid the Universal Egg out of which tumbled all things that exist.

She then created seven planetary powers and set a Titan and a Titaness to rule over each. The first human was Pelasgus, who sprang from the soil of Arcadia.

(1) Graves identifies Ophion with the serpent Hemiurge of Hebrew and Egyptian myth.

Robert Graves, The Greek Myths. Complete Edition.

1 comment:

John Foster said...

A sentence in the article "The poet as an angry young man" by Simon Schama, appeared in the Australian Financial Review, page 6R' of 30 November 2015, with acknowledgement to Financial Times, and discussed the recent display in Oxford, for the first time, of an early work by the young Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Poetical Essays":

"All of these exemplars had written as revolutionaries: Milton as an unapologetic regicide republican and defender of free speech: Blake as the ecstatic demiurge of liberty: Wordsworth as the witness to the French revolution before it sank into a sea of fratricidal gore."