Sunday, February 7, 2016



Blood flows within Man as the nectar inside a tree
It is the elixir whose infinity is lost in flesh
The apparition of ambrosia for the mortal beast
Unfertile ichor whose seed bears no roots

Life is not about flesh but rather the soul’s gradual departure from it
The source of all life endlessly craves for new passage
Eager to escape the clutches of the maddened gods
For they yearn our body and blood as famished wolves

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

Ambrosia & Nectar. The gods neither eat bread nor drink wine, and that is why they are bloodless. Instead they drink and eat Nectar and Ambrosia, and their blood is called Ichor (see below). So, for example Leto did not give Apollo her breast, but Themis poured nectar and ambrosia with her hands. Even though some have considered nectar as a drink, others say that the gods eat nectar: "I eat nectar, chewing it well, and I drink now and then ambrosia." (Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 2.39a). Otherwise ambrosia is eaten. For when Aphrodite returned with Iris 1 to Olympus from the battlefield at Troy it is said that: "… Iris stayed the horses and loosed them from the car, and cast before them ambrosia to eat." (Homer, Iliad 5.369). Likewise, when Athena and Hera descended from Olympus to the Trojan battlefield, "… Hera stopped her horses…and Simois made ambrosia spring up for them to eat." (Homer, Iliad 5.775). And this is what was believed later on. For Damis is reported to have said to his master Apollonius: "If banquets there be of gods, and gods take food, surely they must have attendants whose business it is that not even the parcels of ambrosia that fall to the ground should be lost." (Flavius Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 1.19). And nectar is drunk: when Demeter was troubled with the disappearance of Persephone, she came to the house of Astraeus 1, being there welcomed by the WINDS, who served her refreshing cups of nectar. Later Boreas 1 brought the ambrosia and set it on the table. In similar way, Ganymedes is said to draw the delicious nectar from a mixing-bowl, and carry it round at the feasts of the gods. In any case, it is ambrosia and nectar what the gods consume, and if they were deprived of them they would become breathless, and lie down spiritless and voiceless. And when Zeus took the HECATONCHEIRES as allies against the TITANS bringing them up from the Underworld where they had been imprisoned, he provided them with nectar and ambrosia, thus reviving their spirit. Mortals, on the other hand, are not normally allowed to taste them, and Tantalus 1, who was made immortal with nectar and ambrosia by the gods, is now being punished in the Underworld for having stolen the divine food and drink. Yet it is said that Athena mixed ambrosia, and brought it to those who were hidden in the WOODEN HORSE to appease their hunger. Because of the properties of ambrosia, which some say it is nine times sweeter than honey (Ath.2.39), it may also be used for preservation; for Thetis shed ambrosia and nectar through the dead Patroclus 1's nostrils, so that his flesh might keep hale. She also anointed her son Achilles with ambrosia to help destroy the mortal element which the child had inherited from its father Peleus. Likewise, the fragrance of ambrosia protects effectively against disagreeable stench, as experienced by Menelaus when he plotted an ambush against Proteus 2 hiding himself under the skins of seals, whose stench was destroyed by the sweet fragrance of the ambrosia that Eidothea 1 placed beneath his nose (Apd.3.13.6; Apd.Ep.2.1; Hes.The.640, 790ff.; Hom.Apo.3.123; Hom.Il.5.369, 5.777, 19.37; Hom.Od.4.445; Nonn.6.25ff., 27.245, 31.254; Pin.Oly.1.60ff.; Try.185ff.).


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