Another in our Celestial Classics series in which we look at aspects of astronomy, usually celestial bodies but also a NASA mission in this case, and the myths that inspired their names. Today is the turn of the Goddess Artemis, the Greek mythological goddess of the hunt, of chastity, of pregnancy and childbirth, of the wilderness, hunting and those aspects of brutality to which humans must accept their place or else be doomed to destroy the very world on which they live. She is my favourite and I won’t hear a word against her!
With this study of the leopard we have written about every extant pantherine. There are no more big cat species of that genus left to cover. The leopard is a beautiful, generalist, opportunist species adapted for a wide variety of habitats, explaining it’s wide distribution. It is a cat also associated with the Greek God Dionysus, the God of wine.
We analyse chapters 12-17 of the Book of Genesis in the bible and, it’s just a whole lot of Abram/Abraham.
Inspired by a recent watch of Godzilla vs. King Kong I explore the notion of monsters and monster myth through history.
Why do we create monsters? What do they represent? And why do some of them endure through the ages?
We cover the events of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, all the way up to the Tower of Babel and Abram and Sarai leaving for Canaan.
I begin my journey through the English Standard Version bible with Genesis Chapters 1 to 5. In this we find out how the universe was created, how animals were created, how humans were created, why humans are rubbish, why God is worse and how it all starts going horribly wrong because of God’s lack of foresight.
A brief introduction to the bible, the history of its different versions, the composition of the testaments and why I think studying religious texts, particularly ones as important in human culture as the Christian Bible is an important exercise, even for atheists like me!