The Greek Myths - Chapter 9, The Wild Women Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9, The Wild Women Summary and Analysis

These chapters are among those that reveal the chilling truth that the people of the age and location were truly savage. The Wild Women committed group murders under the influence of laurel leaf. Human children actually were sacrificed in some towns, normally just one annually. The destruction of the cultural practices of ritualized murder and other socially acceptable forms of homicide outside of warfare has been an area where Europeans have made systematic and precious progress. This type of change has also taken place in the Middle East and in South America. Those who ate the flesh of gods through the Orphic temple were turned into vegetarians.

Descriptions of how to get to the Underworld are provided. Part of the funeral rite is to put a coin under the tongue of the corpse. They claim this is to pay the ferry man for escorting the soul to the Underworld. The majority of Underworld residents go to Hades but some are fortunate enough to go to Elysium. Elysium is a form of Grecian heaven. Not only is it really fun there, but all the souls there have the unusual freedom to reincarnate as living souls upon the Earth whenever they wish. This is one special power granted as a consequence of virtuous living. Hades rules the gems and metals and other types of dirt in addition to the souls of most of the dead. He is jealously possessive of his rights. His sexual behavior is known to fall on both sides - that of desirable and that of the rapist side. His wife, Queen Persephone, is genuinely loved by him, but it is also well known that he took her by force in a political deal with his more powerful brother Zeus.

There were fifty beautiful women of the sea. Echidne was one of many offspring who was also a mother. The nymphs and other amazing women in this chapter are mainly representatives of island people or of sea-faring tribes of Libya and other nations bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. Echidne, who is introduced in this chapter as half fair maiden and half serpent is the main subject of the next chapter. She is said to have been destroyed by a Ladon, who may have had a small armed force of one hundred. "One hundred handed" in this context normally meant the number of troops. Echidne is also the mother to Cerebus, the hound of Hades.

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