Pandora In Greek Mythology
Pandora is not just a beautiful name belonging to a beautiful woman but it's also the name given to the very first woman, at least in Greek Mythology. They believed that Pandora was the first woman the Gods ever created. Each God gave her certain qualities to make her whole. Not only is she the first woman created but she also took part in one of the best known myths of Greek Mythology, one that tells of the existence of evil in the world.
I believe we have all heard about Pandora's Box. Of coarse before Pandora came along it was originally a jar. In Modern day we call it Pandora's Box. In either case it states that this jar was much like an urn that held evil gifts inside it. In Homer's Iliad Homer writers about it explaining that it stood next to another urn that was full of good gifts. They were located in Zeus's palace. These urns were said to be the ones that Zeus would use to send out to people.
No matter what is mentioned in several stories it all comes down to this jar as being the reason why there is illness here on Earth. This "Pandora's Box" is the source of all illnesses. The plagues, diseases. Basically down right evil. It was the first woman, Pandora, who opened this jar, releasing all evil upon men. She did not do this as a harmful act but rather she was curious to what laid inside.
Pandora Compared To Eve?
Yes it is true that the Greek's Pandora is compared to the biblical woman known as Eve. They hold many similarities, not just because they were the first women to be created. It was Eve who took a bite from the apple that came from the forbidden tree. This act of Eve's caused women to suffer in childbirth and resulted in many different difficulties.
They were both a rebel of sorts, showing a disobediance the a divine entity. As stated about Pandora opened the box and Eve at the apple from the forbidden tree.
In both the bible and Greek Mythology these stories of Eve and Pandora resulted in any and all suffering placed on mankind
This myth involved in the Ancient Greek Mythology has captivated me for years now. Though I many not know as much as I wished about the myth it is evident that Pandora's actions resulted in great suffering, merely because of curiosity. My question is, should we get punished because of being curious?
Pandora was the first woman created by the Gods, each taking part of her, throwing in bits and pieces like an art piece. I wonder if they could have done anything to prevent her from opening this box, or maybe help her put things together again? I know it's just mythology but sometimes the myths hold some kind of truth in them.
I suppose the saying is true. Curiosity killed the cat.
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