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Tiresias from Mythology

Postby Miki Yamuri » Wed May 08, 2019 7:20 am

Tiresias from Mythology

Tiresias was the son of Everes and the nymph Chariclo; he was a blind prophet, the most famous soothsayer of ancient Greece.

The most famous account of the origin of his blindness and his prophetic talent is as follows.

When Tiresias was walking in the woods one day, he came upon two great serpents copulating; he struck them with his staff, and was

thereupon transformed into a woman.

Seven years later, she/he passed by the same place and came upon the same two serpents copulating; she/he struck them again with the

staff and was turned back into a man.

Some time later, Zeus and Hera were arguing over who had more pleasure in sex, the man or the woman: Zeus said it was the woman,

while Hera claimed men got more pleasure from the act.

To settle the argument, they consulted Tiresias, since he had experienced life as both sexes, and Tiresias sided with Zeus. In her anger,

Hera struck Tiresias blind. Since Zeus could not undo the act of another deity, he gave Tiresias the gift of prophecy in compensation.

He then became a famous Greek Soothsayer.

WOW!! I know lots that would just love to find those snakes ... altho, I am sure they would shun the invitation from Zeus and Hera.


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