Blog #2

                Anthropological discussion of women, men and society has been primarily based on the status of women, with males universally being the dominant sex and females the subordinate sex (Hammond 1976, Ortner 1996).

                 An example would be Zeus and Hera. Zeus is the father of all of the gods and is the most powerful god in Greek mythology. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak which are all strong things, the thunder bolt is the most powerful source of electricity, an eagle is the king of the sky, a bull is a powerful beast and an oak tree is a tall, strong object. The symbols of Hera consist of peacocks because her chariot was pulled by peacocks and a cow because Hera bears some resemblance to the Ancient Egyptian deity Hathor, a maternal goddess associated with cattle. A peacock and a cow aren’t usually represented as a strong animal; they are more looked as a nurturing animal or a peaceful animal.

                Another example would be Heracles or Hercules because of his extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity was among his characteristic attributes. Heracles used his wits on several occasions when his strength did not suffice, such as when laboring for the king Augeas of Elis, wrestling the giant Antaeus, or tricking Atlas into taking the sky back onto his shoulders. Sexual prowess with both males and females were another of Heracles characteristics because in Greece women were looks as a lesser person and it was better to be in a relationship with another male. His characteristics were meant to make him a powerful human being because he is male while if a woman had these characteristics they most likely wouldn’t have been as powerful.

                The only exception of men being the dominant sex would be Athena. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva is the Roman goddess identified with Athena. Although Athena appears before Zeus at Knossos, in the Classical Olympian pantheon, Athena was remade as the favorite daughter of Zeus, born fully armed from his forehead. The story, “Seventh Olympian Ode” by Pindar said “Eventually Zeus experienced an enormous headache; Prometheus, Hephaestus, Hermes, Ares, or Palaemon cleaved Zeus’s head with the double-headed Minoan axe, the labrys. Athena leaped from Zeus’s head, fully grown and armed, with a shout and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war. And Ouranos trembled to hear, and Mother Gaia”. So she is pretty much the top woman badass in history.

                Back in mythological times, men were the more dominant sex and women were looked at as unimportant. Greek Mythology proves this to be true with the use of Zeus, Hera, and Hercules. But there is one exception, which is Athena, who is a complete badass. Lol

George Word


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