Posted by: aediculaantinoi | January 16, 2013

Fun with Minoans, eye-putting-out implements included!

I’ve always liked the above representation of the “Prince of Lilies,” which I have always considered to be a kind of proto-Dionysos, an adapted Minoan Nefertem, and maybe even a distant ancestor to Antinous (at least in some respects). It’s one of the most renowned images of the Minoan civilization…and, the reconstruction underlying it might be wrong, but that’s another story.

However, related to this matter is that the peacefulness of Minoan society has now been questioned, which is quite interesting from a number of perspectives. Go and read the article on this!

So, maybe it can still be a proto-Dionysos/Nefertem/Antinous, even in the spear-and-knife-carrying warrior/hunter capacities of same! ;)


Responses

  1. I find that nothing is as simple as we would like to think lol. People are complex and gods are even more so. I have no problems seeing Dionysos as a warrior, particularly when you read Diodoros Siculus who stated that Dionysos in Egypt (as Osiris) had vast military campaigns on which Apollon accompanied him as leader of the chorus…and probably in a militaristic sense in which Paian is associated with both healing and warrior in Apollon’s myths. This paired with Dionysos Thracian campaign and his campaign into India both indicates a strong militaristic nature of Dionysos for all that this would probably not even dawn on some folks. We may like it to be simple and clean cut, but it never seems to work out that way ;)

    • Indeed…I don’t know why so many people seem so dead-set against seeing various deities as more full, complex beings than simply a “god of ___,” and only that one particular thing. It’s almost even more difficult to convince academics of this than many practicing polytheists. Luckily, at least a few of us get it, eh? ;)

  2. You know, I’ve been looking into Minoan mythology. I know we don’t know a lot about it, but it just amazes me how little I know on what we DO know.

    I had never even heard of this figure before. Actually just yesterday I was wondering what the Minoan pantheon looked like beyond the Mistress of the Labyrinth…

    • Indeed…it would be nice if we did (or could) know more…we can always hope for further discoveries, or the decipherment of Linear A and so forth, of course, but that doesn’t help us right this moment.

      The post Sannion had which you commented on recently is very nice, too, though.


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