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classics extra credit cannibalism

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Chelsea Johnson TA: Sam Flores Thurs. MQ 161 Cannibalism in Classical Mythology There is a reoccurring theme of cannibalism in mythology. Cannibalism is not only killing another being, it is consuming a part of them. While characters murder for various reasons, such as war, cannibalism represents something unique. It appears to be a cycle in the stories; this cycle appears in one generation to the next, as well as being a metaphor for the circle of life. In classical mythology, cannibalism is used to gain power, and is often used in a deceitful way. Cronos bit the genitals of his father, Ouranos. This was because Ouranos was repressing Gaia, his wife the earth, and this was their revenge. This is a good example of how a figure in myth was deceitful. Cronos and his mother schemed together to bring down Ouranos from a position of power. Additionally, Aphrodite was born of the sea foam that came from the genitals splashing into the ocean. Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, was born of an act of cannibalism.
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