4 The Hero Prometheus and man's Punishments

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The Hero Prometheus and Man’s Punishments (…continued) Observations: Women as Containers Jar- water jar; amniotic fluid, jar that holds the blood of sacrifice In Greek religious ritual, females carry baskets with a sacrificial knife hidden in a heap of wheat or barley o Grain is life, knife is death, blood shedding guarantees new life In weddings, the virgin girl is the concealing, mysterious earth, holding treasure, and impregnating a girl is the future’s hope Hesiod is depressed by the economic hardship imposed by female mouths In myth, babies are placed into jars from which they emerge born again, but also go in the bones of the dead From Pandora came all evils into the world, but hope (children) still remain in the jar: unfulfilled, a possibility for food or ill The Five Races Gold (first race; lived like gods, under Cronus’s rule) o Men didn’t age and had everything at an arm’s length o When they died, they vanished away like a dream Silver (duller in reason) o Child stays young for 100 years o Men fought each other and refused to honor the gods w/ sacrifice o
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