ALL NINE MUSES

The Nine Muses dancing around their leader, Olympian God Apollo.

The Muses dancing around their leader, Olympian God Apollo.

This blog is supernaturally “supervised” by all the nine Muses themselves…The goddesses of Arts, Science and Literature.

It is said they dance over you while you try to come up with a new idea.

They bless all the starving writers that amazingly all of them have as a main characteristic of not being able to pay their rent-if they even have a roof over their heads-, lunatic scientists that haven’t heard of the word “shower gel”, musicians with coke-dusty nostrils and a type of narcissistic syndrome, painters that they find amusing to paint with their bare hands on the floor by using ketchup instead of any other ‘conventional’ technique, comedians that they cry more in their private life than laughing in front of others, poets who love to come up with new words that break any linguistic law and still have not much to say even after the 100th verse,  and so many others.

Actually to be honest, the Muses help us all.  Cause creativity and inspiration is inside every living creature.

It’s what makes us ‘alive’ after all.

This is why this page is named after the Muses. A small paragraph of who they were in mythology, and what they represent each.

“Oh Hail, Muses! Help my blog!”

In Greek mythology, the Muses are nine archaic goddesses who embody the right evocation of myth, inspired through remembered and improvised song and traditional music and dances. They were water nymphs, associated with the springs of Helicon and Pieris. The Olympian system set Apollo as their leader, Apollon Mousagetes.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony, they are the daughters of Zeus, king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. For Alcman and Mimnermus, they were even more primordial, springing from Uranus and Gaia.

According to Pausanias there were three original Muses: Aoide (“song”, “voice”), Melete (“practice” or “occasion”) and Mneme (“memory”) (Paus. 9.29.1). Together, they form the complete picture of the preconditions of poetic art in cult practice.

Clio (kleos(glory) / kleiein (to celebrate) / Celebration/Fame) – history.
Thalia (thallein (to bloom), Festivity) – comedy.
Erato (eros (love) Lovely One) – love poetry.
Euterpe (Delight) – music.
Polyhymnia (poly (many) and hymnos (hymn) or mnasthai (to remember) Many Songed/Hymned) – sacred poetry. (considered also as inventor of the lyre)
Calliope (Beautiful Voice) – epic poetry. (Mother of Orpheus)
Terpsichore (Delight of dancing/choruses) – dance.
Urania (ouranos (sky) Heavenly One) – astronomy.
Melpomene (melpein (to sing) the Singing goddess) – tragedy.

PS: It is funny to see that the word “demon” (δαίμων) in ancient Greek was supposed to mean ‘the one who distributes [faith/luck/genius/invention]’ so in a way Demon was the one who was giving the ‘faith’ (talent) to people.

Either the good faith eudaimon (blissful/prosperous ->ευδαίμων, ευ=good and δαίμων =faith/luck/genius) or the bad one, kakodaimon (misfortune/ill luck->κακοδαιμονία, κακός=bad and δαίμων)

He was a low level god, but he was often affecting the mortals, sometimes… too much [‘δαιμονισμένος’ (possesed) ].

Centuries later, he seemed to have all the qualifications to fit in Christianity‘s faith as something evil,  the same that happend with god Pan who he turned out to be the perfect candidate for the role of the Devil.

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