My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.
My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.
P is for Pandora
Pandora was the first woman created by the Greek Gods. Endowed with special gifts from each of them, she was a beautiful temptress with seductive charms and a deceitful feminine nature.
Hmmm. The ancient Greeks had a peculiar perspective on women, but that’s another story.
Anyway, the myth, like all myths, changed through time. The basic story is that Pandora was given as a gift to Epimtheus, the brother of Prometheus who had angered Zeus by stealing fire for humans. He had been warned by his brother not to accept anything from Zeus, but Pandora was so beautiful and so beguiling he could not refuse her.
Pandora had a box or a jar depending on the translation. She was forbidden to open it. But her curiosity got the better of her, and she lifted the lid. Out flew all the evils of the world, plagues, famines, disease… By the time she got the top back on the box, the only thing left was hope.
Pandora trying to close the box she has opened. At left, the evils of the world taunt her as they escape. Engraving, based on a painting by F.S. Church. (Wikipedia)