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The Power of Thunder

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The Olympic Games are a celebration dedicated to Zeus, King of the Greek Gods. Zeus is the Lord of the Sky and Ruler of Mount Olympus and  the  gods and goddesses of the Olympian pantheon. Not an easy job for they were quite an unruly bunch! When the Olympians won the war against the ruling Titans, Zeus and his siblings wrested the throne from his father Cronus (Kronos) and the Olympian Age began.
Zeus, God of the Sky: As Ruler of the Sky, the God Zeus is responsible for bringing (or not, if he so chose) rain, drought, and thunderstorms. No one dared challenge the authority of the mighty Zeus since he was prone to release his fearsome thunderbolts to express his displeasure . . . an awesome way to keep the peace and maintain order, but it worked for several centuries! The birth of Zeus was to be a fateful event . . . and it certainly was an unusual one! Sixth child of the ruling Titan Cronus and the Titaness Rhea, Zeus was the first to escape the fate of being swallowed by his father.…

The Olympic Games: 2012

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Olympia Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, is in the western part of the Peloponnese which, according to Greek mythology, is the island of "Pelops", the founder of the Olympic Games. Imposing temples, votive buildings, elaborate shrines and ancient sporting facilities were combined in a site of unique natural and mystical beauty. Olympia functioned as a meeting place for worship and other religious and political practices as early as the 10th century B.C. The central part of Olympia was dominated by the majestic temple of Zeus, with the temple of Hera parallel to it.  
The Games were usually held every four years, or olympiad, as the unit of time came to be known. During a celebration of the Games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their countries to the Games in safety. The prizes for the victors were wreaths of laurel leaves. The Games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals. Politicians wou…

Ancient Wisdom: the Naga

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I was watching a Canadian show called Lost Girl. It show a man named Lachlan is the Leader of the Light Fae. He is a Naga then I ask myself a good question. What the hell is naga? So I researched it and found what is naga?  Nagas are a race of semidivine serpent creatures in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Female Nagas are called Nagis or Naginis. Usually depicted as human above the waist and snake below the waist, Nagas can also change shape to appear fully human or snake. Nagas and Nagis are known for their strength, supernatural wisdom, and good looks. When Nagis take human form, they can marry mortal men, and some Indian dynasties claim descent from them. According to legend, Nagas are children of Kadru, the granddaughter of the god Brahma, and her husband, Kasyapa. Nagas lived on earth at first, but their numbers became so great that Brahma sent them to live under the sea. They reside in magnificent jeweled palaces and rule as kings live in underwater cities, where races of enslav…

The Wisdom of the Gods: Athena

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I thought I celebrate the Birthday of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War. The Greek goddess Athena is usually portrayed as one of the most benevolent goddesses. She is also strong, fair, and merciful. Athena is known as one of the three virgin goddesses, referred to as virgin because they were able to remain independent and free from men’s control, immune to the spells of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and the consequent pull of marriage and motherhood.  In Greek mythology Athena was, in essence, the prototype of the "career woman". Athena is the daughter of Zeus and Metis. But there was a problem, Zeus  was told by Mother Gaia that if he had a son by her this son would be mightier than him (you know, the same way he was greater than his daddy and his daddy was greater than his grandpa). So to nick this in the butt he tricked Metis to come close to him and swallowing her. He figured she was no longer a threat. However, Metis was pregnant with Athena at the time and when it …

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July to everyone here is a few myths about the 4th

The Declaration of Independence Was Signed on July 4 Independence Day is celebrated two days too late. The Second Continental Congress voted for a Declaration of Independence on July 2, prompting John Adams to write his wife, "I am apt to believe that [July 2, 1776], will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." Adams correctly foresaw shows, games, sports, buns, bells, and bonfires—but he got the date wrong. The written document wasn't edited and approved until the Fourth of July, and that was the date printers affixed to "broadside" announcements sent out across the land. July 2 was soon forgotten. In fact, no one actually signed the Declaration of Independence at any time during July 1776. Signing began on August 2, with John Hancock's famously bold scribble, and wasn't completed until late November.
 July 4, 1776, Party Cracked the Liberty Bell U.S. indep…