tirsdag 2. april 2013

”Who was Orion?”

I started pondering one night on top of Khao Sadao. The day had been hot, very hot. A soothing nightly breeze woke me up around midnight. My eyes sought upwards and stopped at the familiar constellation of Orion And Orions’s Belt.

Who was Orion? ”Orion's current name derives from Greek mythology, in which Orion was a gigantic hunter of primordial times.[9] Some of these myths relate to the constellation; one story tells that Orion was killed by a giant scorpion; the gods raised him and the Scorpion to the skies, as Scorpio/Scorpius. Yet other stories say Orion was chasing the Pleiades.[10]
The constellation is mentioned in Horace's Odes (Ode 3.27.18), Homer's Odyssey (Book 5, line 283) and Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid (Book 1, line 535) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_%28constellation%29

You will find more about Orion here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_%28mythology%29
”The legend of Orion was first told in full in a lost work by Hesiod, probably the Astronomia; simple references to Hesiod will refer to this, unless otherwise stated. This version is known through the work of a Hellenistic author on the constellations; he gives a fairly long summary of Hesiod's discourse on Orion.[6] According to this version, Orion was likely the son of the sea-god Poseidon and Euryale,[7] daughter of Minos, King of Crete. Orion could walk on the waves because of his father; he walked to the island of Chios where he got drunk and attacked Merope,[8] daughter of Oenopion, the ruler there. In vengeance, Oenopion blinded Orion and drove him away. Orion stumbled to Lemnos where Hephaestus — the lame smith-god — had his forge. Hephaestus told his servant, Cedalion, to guide Orion to the uttermost East where Helios, the Sun, healed him; Orion carried Cedalion around on his shoulders. Orion returned to Chios to punish Oenopion, but the king hid away underground and escaped Orion's wrath. Orion's next journey took him to Crete where he hunted with the goddess Artemis and her mother Leto, and in the course of the hunt, threatened to kill every beast on Earth. Mother Earth objected and sent a giant scorpion to kill Orion. The creature succeeded, and after his death, the goddesses asked Zeus to place Orion among the constellations. Zeus consented and, as a memorial to the hero's death, added the Scorpion to the heavens as well.[9]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_%28mythology%29

Probably Orion did not exist, but the myth exists as does the constellation in the sky.

The night was quiet, only sounds from sicadas, occasional owls and gekkos. I closed my eyes and continued pondering: Who am I?

Before I fell asleep.

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