Monday, January 8, 2024

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Can you share your experience with writing hymns to deities, particularly those from Greek and Norse mythology? Have any of these hymns had a particularly powerful effect on you?

Hans-Georg Lundahl
none/ apprx Masters in Latin (language) & Greek (language), Lund University
Norse paganism has no hymns to the gods. At least none preserved to our times.

Greek hymns have no powerful effect on me, but in Hesiod’s Theogony, which is not a hymn, it does have a powerful effect on my intellect that the Nine Muses were at first overheard by Hesiod as singing hymns to the gods “and last Kronos of the Crooked Mind” … a pretty overt designation of an evil god or in other words of Satan.

Similarily, the text known as Voluspá from context of transmission and hints in the text, has the words put in the mouth of a Volva — basically a Sibyl or a Voodoo medium.

This means that two of the alternatives to Genesis 1 can be traced to Satanic influence. A third alternative, Enuma Elish, is so fragmentary, it’s hard to see if there was a first man in it or not, probably not, and therefore we can pretty well know it was not divine, since a divine revelation would have been perfectly preserved.

The reason to put Moses’ vision of Genesis 1 above these is, Moses parted the Red Sea, freed Israel, put up a Copper Snake whereof the mere sight cured snake bites that would otherwise be mortal. Unlike above, these facts do not depend on a revelation, divine or satanic, it was done publically before the eyes of Israel. The facts done publically before the eyes of people in “other mythologies” have no miracles in them that are clearly divine. They can be historic without that historic fact proving the pagan theology true.

μουσάων Ἑλικωνιάδων ἀρχώμεθ᾽ ἀείδειν,αἵθ᾽ Ἑλικῶνος ἔχουσιν ὄρος μέγα τε ζάθεόν τε καί τε περὶ κρήνην ἰοειδέα πόσσ᾽ ἁπαλοῖσιν ὀρχεῦνται καὶ βωμὸν ἐρισθενέος Κρονίωνος. From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos,
καὶ Θέμιν αἰδοίην ἑλικοβλέφαρόν τ᾽Ἀφροδίτην Ἥβην τε χρυσοστέφανον καλήν τε Διώνην Λητώ τ᾽Ἰαπετόν τε ἰδὲ Κρόνον ἀγκυλομήτην Ἠῶ τ᾽Ἠέλιόν τε μέγαν λαμπράν τε Σελήνην Γαῖάν τ᾽ Ὠκεανόν τε μέγαν καὶ Νύκτα μέλαιναν ἄλλων τ᾽ ἀθανάτων ἱερὸν γένος αἰὲν ἐόντων. and reverend Themis and quick-glancing1 Aphrodite, and Hebe with the crown of gold, and fair Dione, Leto, Iapetus, and Cronos the crafty counsellor, Eos and great Helius and bright Selene, Earth too, and great Oceanus, and dark Night, and the holy race of all the other deathless ones that are for ever.
Hes. Th. 1 — 28 Hesiod, Theogony, Translated by Evelyn-White

Crafty counsellor is a free translation, the actual word ἀγκυλομήτηc comes from ἀγκυλοc, crook, and -μήτηc, -minded. So, a more literal translation is "of the crooked mind" .../HGL

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