Pandora’s Box – A Deep View

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pandora’s Box

According to Greek Mythology, Pandora (All gifted) was the first woman on Earth and the Pandora’s Box was an artifact. Hephaestus, the God of craftsmanship, was ordered by Zeus to create Pandora and Hephaestus created her with water and earth. Other gods granted her with many gifts, Aphrodite gave her beauty, Hermes gave her persuasiveness, Apollo gave her music and many more to follow. The “Box” referred here is a jar, which is some times as large as a small human. This jar was used to store grains, wine etc and ritually it is believed that this jar was used to burry human body. It is believed that this jar could have been made out of clay or bronze metal (unbreakable prison). When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, the Zeus wanted to take revenge.

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The Zeus handed over Pandora to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus and gave her a jar and ordered her not to open it under any situation. Propelled by curiosity Pandora opened the box despite the strict warning. When the box was opened, all the evils contained in it flew into the world. Pandora got scared and fastened the lid into the jar, but by then all the evils had escaped and only “hope” was trapped in. The Myth about Pandora is old and appears in various distinct Greek versions. According to Hesiod’s poem epic meter, When humans received the fire (stolen gift) Zeus wanted to punish men for the boon they were given. According to the poem, Zeus wants Hephaestus to create a beautiful woman filled with evil. Hephaestus created her and she was dressed in a silvery gown and wore ornaments and garland and she walked before the gods and mortals. According to the poem Pandora stunned them with her looks and they went speechless. There are different interpretations about the Pandora’s Box in the ancient literature.

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