Friday, November 11, 2011

Goddesses

I was challenged again. :) To do Greek Goddesses this time. I chose Athena, Hera and Nike.

I love mythology and I always say to myself I'm gonna research the hell out of it. I wanna know all the gods and their relationships and the stories behind them. But I never do. Cause there's like gazillion of them

Is there like mythology for dummies? I don't want to read books like Iliad and Odyssey (I did though), I want "facts". You know. Mythological facts. :)))
Athena
In the meantime we have wiki. :) Athena is considered a protector of Athens and the goddess of war strategy hence the worrier outfit. She is also a goddess of wisdom, warfare, divine intelligence, and crafts. Take your pick. :) She is also a virgin. She never gets married or laid. Poor girl!

What's interesting is how she was born. Her parents are Zeus and Matis however Zeus, her father, was the one who "gave birth" to her. Only she came out of his head which is typical of men to mess up the process.
Hera
Hera was Zeus' sister which made her aunt to Athena. She is the goddess of women and marriage. Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's lovers and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her. Her name means "the queen of the gods".

One of her symbols are Peacock feathers. If you're wondering how the Peacock got it's pattern it was Hera who took eyes from Argus and placed them there.
Nike
Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Her name actually means victory. We could call her Victoria. :)

She has wings but I don't know why. She supposedly flew around battlefields in a chariot rewarding the victors with glory and fame. Maybe the wings are just a shortcut in portraying her.

Do you have a favorite Goddess?

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41 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! And love the stories behind them.
    Happy PPF.

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  2. Love your little goddesses! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. Vse tri so fantastične!Najbolj pa mi je všeč bojevita Atena!

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  4. These are so cute - I love the details you've added particular to the myth behind each Goddess! I had no idea Zeus gave birth out of his head (kinda gross - maybe he was paving the way for seahorses who are the only creature where the man gives birth (not out of their heads though!)

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  5. I'm enthralled with your goddesses, Natasha. I too am smitten with the lore and have 'goddess cards' I use regularly. As you know, I'm working on a painting Medicine Woman. She is revealing to me she carries with her the energy of the ancient Celtic Goddess, (450AD) Brigid. She is the goddess of healing, poetry and inspiration. I could probably go back to university and major in all of this I find it so fascinating. I'd rather be painting though. LOVE your little Goddesses, Natasha - happy someone challenged you to create them. A set of cards would be great, would it not? hugs, Donna

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  6. Ooooo, boš uživala, če dobim jaz ene knjige v prevod. Natanko na tale tvoj mlin :D

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  7. Your vision of the great goddesses, has amused me your explanation. Saludos

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  8. Love your goddesses ~ they also have a bit of 'whimsy' to them ~ history is awesome! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  9. These are so wonderful! and thank you for sharing their story. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Evelyn

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  10. Your paintings are beautiful and fun. Faye

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  11. AWESOME! Love it!
    I have such a passion for Greek literature and mythology and have studied it as much as possible.

    My fur-baby is even named after a nymph. :)

    The 3 goddesses you chose are some of my favorites.
    My very favorite might be Athena. :)
    But it's very hard to choose. :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. AWESOME! Love it!
    I have such a passion for Greek literature and mythology and have studied it as much as possible.

    My fur-baby is even named after a nymph. :)

    The 3 goddesses you chose are some of my favorites.
    My very favorite might be Athena. :)
    But it's very hard to choose. :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  13. These are wonderful and I love your stories!

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  14. I've never been able to keep them straight either. You should do a whole Mythology for Dummies series! Maybe a deck of cards.

    I think these are great, and you've given them such a fun attitude.

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  15. Loving your take on the goddesses, such fun. Happy PPF, x

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  16. What a GREAT idea! Love the peacock feathers....

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  17. oh how super special Natasha!!! they look so neat with their feathers....

    Happy PPF and come share something sweet with us on my blog tomorrow for Sweet Saturdays!!!

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  18. Fabulous goddesses! I think you could animate your own mythology movie!

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  19. I love that Athena looks like she is about to go kick some serious butt... or maybe it is just what all angry virgins look like!!!.... these are great and I loved reading your explanations... I think we share a sense of humour... I hope this will be a whole series to look forward to xx

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  20. Love the stories behind your beautiful girls. Nice job Natasha.

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  21. i googled mythology for dummies and sure enough it does exist!
    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/mythology-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

    have fun skimming the list.

    Each of your arts is wonderful!

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  22. beautiful and interesting goddesses! great idea to do a 'for dummies' book on them!

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  23. Great goddesses, and I always plan to learn more goddess stories also, I love the Demeter and persephone one... just read "traveling with pomegranates" by Sue Monk Kidd (my favorite author) and she talks about their stories alot with her trips to Greece... but my favorite is Themis, Greek goddess of wisdom and balance and fairness...

    oh and to answer your question... The book I got my last 2 projects from was Rice Freeman-Zachery's book: Destination Creativity


    Those last 2 ACEO's of yours are so Cute too!

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  24. Natashamay
    You have portrayed them well with their individual traits - not that I know anything about goddesses, except for what I've just read in your post.

    Happy Weekend, Ev

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  25. Wonderful work...magical and fun! Great job!

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  26. Love your take on the goddesses, Natasha May. Athena is my favorite, hands down.

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  27. Mythology will give you so much to work with!

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  28. I think Nike has wings because she has clearly had too much wine and is about to fall on her face. The wings will prevent her from dropping her torch and setting all of ancient Greece ablaze. Athena is completely bad ass. Love her.

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  29. These are different to the work I have seen you do before. I like them too, they are fun.

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  30. Your goddesses are great! Love the look on Athena's face...she means business...haha!

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  31. Very pretty illustrations! My fave goddess is Iris.. :)

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  32. These are cute!

    A fun book, though it is a children's book it has some wonderful myths and nice illustrations in it

    "D'Auliere's Book of Greek Myths"

    more fun and way less bloody than the Iliad!

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  33. Your Goddesses are so lovely! There is in fact Mythology for Dummies...LOL I think there is a Dummies book for everything. I am a big fan of Greek mythology, as well. You did a wonderful job!

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  34. These turned out so wonderful! My Son is a huge fan of mythology so I'm always hearing about all the gods and goddesses! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #61 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  35. Natasha I love mythology too! Your art is amazing! I love how you do faces! You made me laugh about Athena! "Never gets married or laid, poor girl!" LOL! Have a great one ;o) Oh, loved all the facts you shared about these girls ;o)

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  36. Loving your goddesses! I think Athena is top goddess for sure. She looks like she could kick everyone's booty! :)

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  37. wonderful theme! they turned out so well! thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  38. Your goddesses are wonderful!!! I use to have an encyclopedia of gods and goddesses but it has been lost for years in the many moves I've made unfortunately. Also I remember reading alot about how they have influenced us in Joseph Campbell's books! Happy PPF! Deb

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  39. I guess I'm my favorite goddess! (Just kidding). Maybe. Yours are totally cute, sexy, awesome and winsome.

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  40. Very cute, I totally agree with your thought processes. Blessings, Janet, PPF

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  41. These are lovely. I especially love the Hera.

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