Re: Greek Gods I : APOLLO

From: MrCaws@...
Message: 9644
Date: 2001-09-21

--- In cybalist@..., "João S. Lopes Filho" <jodan99@...> wrote:
> I propose we start to try to analyzes the complexities of Greek
deities. We must exchange our ideas by adding all possible traits for
each god. But one god for each time, to prevent confusions.
> 1) God of healing and disease, avenger, archer, wolves and mice,
Northern realm, son-killer (Ganesha by Rudra; Miach by Diancecht;
Asklepios doesnt fit, because killed by Zeus, but perhaps in original
tale he's killed by Apollo). - IE
> 2) shepherd god - IE or not
> 3) young god of light, like Egyptian Horus - Egyptian? Afro-
Asiatic? Mediterranean? (Horus x Seth = Apollo x Python?)
> 4) God of Sun, sired by two goddesses, Night and Dawn (Apollo-Leto-
Artemis) - IE ? Does Seilenos fit in this one?
> 5) Couple of twins (Apollo-Artemis Freyr-Freyja Oengus-Brigit) -
> 6) God of music - IE? (A priestly singing god like Brhaspati?
> 7) Medicine gods, like Ugaritic Refaim. Semitic?
> 8) Anatolian plague-bringer, cf. Jarrish - maybe from Sumeria? Or
the same as (1)?
> 9) Dragon-slayer - almost universal

I think Apollo's role as deity of prophecy and oracles (and magic in
general?) should also be included.

I think these are all applicable, though I wonder how easily these
aspects can be broken down into spearate components. I believe the
young god of light role, for instance, is connected to the avenger
aspect as well as the dragon slayer.

Horus embodies all of these aspects, for instance. Horus also has
aspects of the magician-deity, giving up an eye for hidden knowledge
as per Odin.

-Cort Williams (Mr. Caws)