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The Forge Born (Devotional Acrostic Challenge)

Week 7 prompt – Fire, Volcanic, Hearth Gods or Spirits

[For Hephaistos, whose works are many, and glorious.]

They looked at You, O Lord, and saw only weakness in the
Hobbled leg that was Your curse, and Your greatest gift.
Ever have the Gods loved beauty, and what could be so
Foreign to that concept than the limp that You so
Onerously carry Your pride upon.  They did not know what
Rugged strength it had supplied You, for the challenge was
Grasped in the true knowing of Oneself.  Through
Each and every step, You experience the
Bond between mortal and Divine, that which illuminates
Our similarities over our dissimilarities.  And for this You are
Renowned among men, whose hands build devices of pure elegance,
Nurturing the spirit of life lived fully, even as others look on, askance.

New Mythic Interpretations?

So, I’ve had my mind on the birth and origin of Hephaistos, off and on.  I can remember, as a child, reading a version of the myth that I’ve never been able to find again. As far as I know, it could have only been my imagination, or it could have been written from a modern feminist perspective, which might explain some of the altered themes in the version I remember reading.

I’m really reluctant to go over the details of the myth, because it’s so different from the official versions.  I’d actually decided a few months back, the last time this myth got stuck in my head, that it was all just me remembering it wrong.  So, I tried to drop it.  But, I guess that’s not what Hera wanted, because She won’t allow me to forget it.

Why am I being given an alternative version of such a well-known myth? Granted, when I piece it all together with the information from the official versions, the relationships between Hera, Zeus and Hephaistos seem a lot more fleshed out and realistic.  I don’t know.  I don’t know if I should go with it, or reject it.

That’s the thing about UPG (doxa).  It may or may not be what we humans would consider “real”, and it may or may not be personally useful.  However, since this one’s stuck around with me all these years, I’m a lot more inclined to go with it and see where it leads.

I’ve discussed it with Zeus, and He neither confirmed or denied it.  I wonder if He doesn’t want this version to become common, since it’s not all that flattering of Him. But then, a lot of myths aren’t that flattering– of Anyone.  Of course, I don’t take the myths too literally anyway, so maybe this isn’t as big a deal as it seems.  We’ll see.

This isn’t the only myth that’s been spun a different way in my memory, but with the others, I’m still looking for existing versions, or wading through previous research.  The origin of Hephaistos is the only one for which I’ve almost made up my mind.  Almost.

There are many local versions of certain myths, and many differing interpretations, so I don’t believe the Gods are static Beings.  Nor do I believe They want Their myths to remain static.  After all, don’t the myths express aspects of society that can be, and often are, overlooked elsewhere?  If that’s the case, I wonder just what this newer version says about me, about my culture, and about my perspective within this culture.

Questions, questions…