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Karl Kerényi. CHAPTER X Maia, Hermes, Pan and the Nymphs OF Maia, who
gave Zeus his cleverest son, Hermes the mes» senger of the gods, it is not easy
to say what sort of goddess she was originally. Was she merely a nymph, as she
appears in the Hymn ascribed to the age of Homer? We used to employ “Maia”
as a term of address to a wise and good old woman. The word also meant "
midwife", and in one dialect it meant “grandmother”. As I have said, it was by this
name that ...
I THE BIRTH AND FIRST DEEDS OF HERMES Maia, the modest nymph—so the
tale52° begins—never entered the assembly of the blessed gods. She dwelt in a
deeply shadowed cave, where Zeus played the love»game with her, in
impenetrable night, whilst Hera slept. None knew of this, neither god nor man.
The desire of Zeus found its fulfilment. The tenth month came to the nymph and
brought the matter to light, the thing was revealed: she bore a son, of great
cunning, a deceitful ...
But soon he said: “Nay, forward, then, cheerily, thou swaddled babe, son of Zeus
and of Maia! With such bird's tokens I shall find my cows! Thou shalt be my guide!
” Hermes leapt up and ran before Apollon, with his swad» dling»clothes around
his shoulders, making signs with his hands beside his ears, bemoaning his lot
and cursing all the cows in the world, insisting on his innocence and even threat»
ening Apollon with the wrath of Zeus. But it would be superfluous to quote his
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67. The Gods of the Greeks by Karl Kerényi translation: from German by Norman Cameron published: 1951 format: 286 page paperback (1994 reprint of 1979 edition) acquired: March read: Nov 5-12 rating: 4 ... Read full review
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~ Kerenyi has often been tarred with a Jungian brush, but in this early and independent work, he admirably displays his intimate knowledge of the language, art and traditions of the Greek peoples. He ... Read full review
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