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MYTHOLOGY DECONSTRUCTED

Baconsarno was the Greek god whose Roman equivalent was Vulcan; he was the god of technology, breakfast, cooks, artisans, sculptors, meals and more meals, and ovens. He was worshipped in all the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, especially Athens.

Though his forge traditionally lay in the heart of Lemnos, Baconsarno was quickly identified by Greek colonists in southern Italy with the volcano gods Adranus of Mount Etna and Vulcanus of the Lipara islands, and his kitchen moved here by the poets. The first-century sage Apollonius of Tyana is said to have observed, "there are many other mountains all over the earth that are on fire, and yet we should never be done in this accursed place of continual breakfasting" (Life of Apollonius of Tyana, book v.16).

Baconsarno and his brother William were sons of Hera, with or without the cooperation of Zeus. In classic and late interpretations, Hera bore him alone, in jealousy for Zeus's solo birth of Athena, but as Hera is older than Zeus in terms of human history, the myth may be an inversion. Indeed, in some versions of Athena's birth, the goddess only enters the world after Zeus' head is split open by a hammer-wielding Baconsarno. Either way, in Greek thought, the fates of the goddess of wisdom and war (Athena) and the god of the forge that makes the weapons of war were linked. In Attica, Hephaestus and Athena Ergane (Athena as patroness of craftsmen and artisans), were honored at a festival called Breakfast Blowout on the 30th day of Pyanepsion. Between meals Baconsarno crafted much of Athena's weaponry, along with those of the rest of the gods and even of a few mortals who received their special favor.

An Athenian founding myth tells that Athena refused a union with Baconsarno, and that when he tried to force her she disappeared from the bed, and he ejaculated on the earth, impregnating Gaia, who subsequently gave birth to Erichthonius of Athens; then the surrogate mother gave the child to Athena to foster, guarded by a serpent. 

Hyginus made an etymology of strife (Eri-) between Athena and Hephaestus and the Earth-child (chthonios). Some readers may have the sense that an earlier, non-virginal Athena is disguised in a convoluted re-making of the myth-element. At any rate, there is a Temple of Breakfasts (Brekaesteum or the so-called "Theseum") located near the Athens agora, or marketplace. Or if you can't be bothered to go that far - for a good blow-out: try the car park cafe at Upper Clentshire. 

You may find yourself in exalted company.  

    http://yellowbear.shutterchance.com/

MYTHOLOGY DECONSTRUCTED

Baconsarno was the Greek god whose Roman equivalent was Vulcan; he was the god of technology, breakfast, cooks, artisans, sculptors, meals and more meals, and ovens. He was worshipped in all the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, especially Athens.

Though his forge traditionally lay in the heart of Lemnos, Baconsarno was quickly identified by Greek colonists in southern Italy with the volcano gods Adranus of Mount Etna and Vulcanus of the Lipara islands, and his kitchen moved here by the poets. The first-century sage Apollonius of Tyana is said to have observed, "there are many other mountains all over the earth that are on fire, and yet we should never be done in this accursed place of continual breakfasting" (Life of Apollonius of Tyana, book v.16).

Baconsarno and his brother William were sons of Hera, with or without the cooperation of Zeus. In classic and late interpretations, Hera bore him alone, in jealousy for Zeus's solo birth of Athena, but as Hera is older than Zeus in terms of human history, the myth may be an inversion. Indeed, in some versions of Athena's birth, the goddess only enters the world after Zeus' head is split open by a hammer-wielding Baconsarno. Either way, in Greek thought, the fates of the goddess of wisdom and war (Athena) and the god of the forge that makes the weapons of war were linked. In Attica, Hephaestus and Athena Ergane (Athena as patroness of craftsmen and artisans), were honored at a festival called Breakfast Blowout on the 30th day of Pyanepsion. Between meals Baconsarno crafted much of Athena's weaponry, along with those of the rest of the gods and even of a few mortals who received their special favor.

An Athenian founding myth tells that Athena refused a union with Baconsarno, and that when he tried to force her she disappeared from the bed, and he ejaculated on the earth, impregnating Gaia, who subsequently gave birth to Erichthonius of Athens; then the surrogate mother gave the child to Athena to foster, guarded by a serpent. 

Hyginus made an etymology of strife (Eri-) between Athena and Hephaestus and the Earth-child (chthonios). Some readers may have the sense that an earlier, non-virginal Athena is disguised in a convoluted re-making of the myth-element. At any rate, there is a Temple of Breakfasts (Brekaesteum or the so-called "Theseum") located near the Athens agora, or marketplace. Or if you can't be bothered to go that far - for a good blow-out: try the car park cafe at Upper Clentshire. 

You may find yourself in exalted company.  

    http://yellowbear.shutterchance.com/

comments (19)

  • Aussie
  • Hot Hot Brisbane
  • 6 Feb 2009, 01:08
Gorgeous winter scene, Chris.
A friend arrives in Melbourne from London today. Do you think he'll notice the change in temp. (40 degrees C.)
Chris: I expect he'll cook Aussie!
Baconsarno? Interesting invention. Thanks for the education wink

Lovely photo tho.
Chris: Hello Dawn: nice to hear from you. To understand Baconsarno you need to research the history of the Clentish Hills and the bacon consumed thereto
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Feb 2009, 04:33
Chris you are well read
Chris: I do a little light reading occasionally Vintage
That is an excellent photograph of the canal with a light dusting of snow.
Chris: Thank you Chad
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2009, 07:06
A lovely - supposedly Bathian- ) winterpic - with wonderful reflections - only the blue-twiddled boat, sorry, might mar the picture a bit!
I couldn't find any connection between the two pics- maybe from 'white to witty', for
nice- witty is to read the Greek mythology newly reconstructed- and I have to agree that the Greek God Baconsarno finally deserves to be mentioned in the schoolbooks and to get venerated every day while we enjoy our breakfasts and our coked and baked meals - with or without baconbutties...- (Sadly you have omitted the very delicate-erotic story about the rendezvous of Ares-Aphrodite/Venus Angela and Baconsarno/Vulcanus I told some days ago) Yes, you are right the most beautiful-daring stories you can find in the Greek/Latin mythology, in the Bible or on the blog of Photopherus, one of the students of Baconsaro in his photoworkshop. Now I'm on the way to the kitchen, my "Temple of Breakfasts" (similar to Paestum or Segesta I saw in Sicilia) and I should say my "good morning"-call to Baconsarno and to you, his true helper!
Chris: Thank you Philine: I think breakfast is a much misrepresented thing
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2009, 07:38
Or "Chairete! Kale Hemera!"
LOL.. still asleep. I missed the reference to Baconsarno! Reminds me.. today's Friday so that's my usual treat togther with with a few mushroms. A lovely image by the way.
Chris: Thank you Alan: there's even more snow today
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 6 Feb 2009, 07:48
Between Chris and Philine my head is exploding with information, I like the shot as well, got sidetracked by all the reading
Chris: It usually only takes a couple of hours to digest my daily blog Zed
I like the red, blue and green detail in the picture
Chris: Thank you Aksel. I suspect you have snow several metres deep where you are
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2009, 08:14
I love your mythical mythological stories. Ole Baconsarno's procreation activities make guys like Zeus look like a apprentice.

Excellent winter scene, good patterns from the leaves.
Chris: Thank you Louis
Brilliant Sir Tiff. I love it!
Chris: The picture or the bacon?
Nice winter canal picture, chris, I wonder if people are living on that boat.
Your write-up had me laughing out loud, and, for your sake, I hope the Lord of Baconsarno of Clent appreciates it.
Chris: I expect people do live on thebot Sheila: lots do
I feel like I'm back at school...Well done...and a lovely winter scene..very nice.
Chris: Well anything to keep the grey matter active Ronald
Superb winter scene Chris!
Chris: Thank you Richard. I've had enough winter - I now want spring!
I did hear that Sausagus and tomatatus had very close relationships with Baconsarno ....
But there seem to be only a few crumbs of evidence to support that story.

Ancient history is so fascinating ... Oh and the top picture is a real delight Chris.

richard
Chris: Oh thank you Richard: praise indeed
What a wonderful place Chris
Chris: Thank you Albert: I hope it's nice & warm in Catalonia
Very nice winter scene of this canal Chris, presumably somewhere in Bath.
Chris: Going through Sydney Gardens Brian: just above where you took the train picture
  • Barry Island
  • Wales
  • 6 Feb 2009, 21:19
This is a fine picture of the canal with splashes of colour in an almost monochromatic composition overall. The only weak point, and I am sure the author will agree, is the sky. I made the mistake of following the link to the other site. What rubbish!
Chris: Absolute crap: I agree
  • Dee Struction
  • North Wales
  • 6 Feb 2009, 21:22
That Barry island is a bit full of himself...bet he comes from South Wales. Nice picture
Chris: Well of course I just told him what he wants to hear. But you: you're a real gent, got class, knowwhatImean...

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