And Yet Another Tale Of Patriarchal Takeover The Story Of Pythia  

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And Yet Another Tale Of Patriarchal Takeover The Story Of Pythia Image
IN THE MOST ANCIENT OF TIMES, PYTHIA WAS A MYSTICAL PYTHON WHO RESIDED WITHIN A HIDDEN CAVE. IT WAS SHE, AND SHE ALONE, WHO COMMUNED WITH THE GREAT GODDESS, GAIA. THIS MIGHTY SNAKE WAS SAID TO PROPHESIZE THE FUTURE AND DISPENSE DIVINE KNOWLEDGE. BY THE WAY, THIS KNOWLEDGE WAS LATER DEEMED AS FORBIDDEN AND DEADLY IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS.

AS THE STORY GOES, IN AND AROUND 1,500 BCE, THE PEOPLE OF GREECE REVERED THE GREAT EARTH GODDESS GAIA AND HER DAUGHTER, THEMIS (GODDESS OF DIVINE LAW AND LATER THE WIFE OF ZEUS). THE PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM THROUGH THE ORACLE AT PYTHIA.. ACCORDING TO GREEK LITERATURE, IT WAS GAIA HERSELF WOULD INCARNATE INTO THE FORM OF A GREAT SERPENT IN OURDER TO COMMUNICATE WITH HER PEOPLE. SHE WAS THE ORIGINAL ORACLE OF DELPHI. SHE WAS SAID TO INHABIT A CAVE INTO WHICH MAGICAL VAPORS ROSE FROM THE EARTH. UPON INHALING THE VAPORS, SHE WOULD ENTER INTO A TRANCE AND RECIEVE THE DIRECT COUNSEL OF GAIA WHO WOULD ENTER HER BODY AND TRANSMIT HER MESSAGE.

AS TIME PASSES, ENTER PATRIARCHY. THE GOD, APOLLO, A PROPHET OF ZEUS, INTO MAINLAND GREECE BY WAY OF CRETE. HE IMMEDIATELY SETS FORTH IN CONQUERING THE ORACLE OF PYTHIA BY SLAYING THE GIANT SHE SERPENT. AND, AFTER CONQUERING THE PYTHIA, HE TOOK HER PLACE AND NOW, INSTEAD GAIA SPEAKING THROUGH THE MOUTH OF THE ORACLE, IT WAS APOLLO. GAIA, FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY OVER THE CONQUEST AND BANISHMENT OF SHE AND HER DAUGHTER, COMPLETELY BYPASSED APOLLO AND BEGAN SENDING PROPHETIC DREAMS TO INDIVIDUALS. APOLLO WAS HAVING NONE OF THAT. GAIA HAD TO BE PUT IN HER PLACE, SO HE WENT TO ZEUS AND REQUESTED THAT SHE BE STOPPED. ZEUS THEN INTERVENED AND OBLITERATED THE DREAM ORACLES, THUS RESTORING THE CONQUEST AND POWER TO APOLLO.

FROM THAT TIME ONWARD, THE ORACLE OF DELPHI RESIDED IN A TEMPLE, AND PYTHIA, WHO SAT ON A BRONZE TRIPOD IN THE INNER CHAMBER, TOOK THE FORM OF A WOMAN RATHER THAN A SNAKE. AND, IT WAS IN THIS SACRED CHAMBER THAT THE SPIRIT OF APOLLO WAS SAID TO OVERCOME THE PYTHIA AND SPEAK THROUGH HER.

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