Saturday, March 8, 2008


It's now time for another delightful tale from Greek Mythology.  Our narrator and artist today is, once again, E. 

Pygmalion didn't like any women.  So he made a "perfect" woman out of ivory.  She was so lifelike he did everything for her that he would do for a real woman. 

Pygmalion making a perfect woman

At the Festival of Venus, Pygmalion was praying to Venus.  He was about to say "Please make my ivory statue alive."    Afraid to verbalize his desires, he instead said, "Please give me a woman like my statue."  Venus heard what he said, and also read his mind, knowing what his deepest wish was.

Venus lighting the fire and granting Pygmalion's wish

When Pygmalion came home, he kissed his ivory statue and felt that she was warm.  At first he didn't know what was going on, but once he figured out she was alive, he was quite excited and married her at once.

Pygmalion and Wife

Venus blessed their marriage and they lived happily ever after.  Which as you know for Greek stories, doesn't happen very often.

*My take on this story.  This story I think is probably the most "troublesome" one we've read so far as far as content.   I haven't read the full version of Pygmalion, but I get the impression that this was heavily edited for content.  I think they did a pretty good job keeping it "G" and still giving an accurate account of the story.  One other element in this story that was more on the troublesome spectrum was the worship of Venus.   E. is aware that they worshiped gods, but this was the first actual "in the temple worship" story she read.  At first I was a little hesitant but after talking it over with Daddio, we decided to go ahead with this story.  He felt that she has a very deep understanding of the One True God and salvation through Jesus.  She also understands that the worship of gods is not only sinning, but that it also grieves our Father's heart.  This story gave me a great way to talk through some of these issues w/ E. and turned an otherwise borderline questionable story, for our family, into a really positive experience.

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