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Anesidora Pagan Prayer Candle

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About Anesidora -
You might know her better as Pandora. The first and most interesting thing I learned when I took Greek Myth and Religion was that the myths are constantly changing. In order to study them we had to focus on a specific period in Greek history, or else get lost in all the shifts in the stories. Pandora's is one of the most intriguing. Between that class and the published works of Patricia Monaghan (she is freaking amazing and I love her severely), I have gleaned several versions of Pandora's story.
First off, both versions agree that she had a jar, not a box. The box was a mistranslation that became widely known. Common versions of her story tend to imply that she wasn't supposed to open the box (jar), but that is not the case. It was part of her dowry, a gift from Zeus, who also endowed her with insatiable curiosity when he created her (Pandora means "all-gifted", referencing the gifts the gods gave her when they created her - as a trap). She was given the jar containing all the evils of the world, so that she would open it and inflict them on humanity, as a punishment for Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and giving it to human kind. But she snapped the lid back on just in time to keep hope in the jar - which is why we stil have it. Our only blessing against the despair, or an evil in and of itself (depending on your perspective), giving us the strength to hold on and endure the rest.
Version two says her jar was full of blessings, and when she opened it they all escaped and flew back up to heaven, leaving us without them here on earth.
Version three is my favorite. Following a trend dethroning other goddesses (thank you Patricia Monaghan, for your multiple examples), most likely due to the invasion of patriarchal (Zeus worshipping) tribes, Pandora was re-written as the mortal woman (equivalent of Eve) more commonly known today, subject of Zeus and instrument of his rule. But there is an alternate version of her story where she was a goddess named Anesidora ("giver of all"), who carried around a jar of blessings (most importantly hope), and bestowed them on people.

About her accessories-
Monaghan helpfully provides that Nesi's jar was a pithos jar, which turns out to be a super huge ceramic storage jar used for transporting goods (particularly of the liquid variety). And I mean huge, like human sized, they even used the empty ones as coffins to bury people. Apparently when filled they were impossible to lift without mechanical assistance (and yet I have found no evidence suggesting Pandora or Anesidora needed assistance carting this thing around...). I also added some feathers, thanks to Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers" (which I love).

This candle stands 8" tall and is 2" in diameter.
The last one of these I burned lasted approximately 85 hours.

More Anesidora:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=anesidora
About Anesidora -
You might know her better as Pandora. The first and most interesting thing I learned when I took Greek Myth and Religion was that the myths are constantly changing. In order to study them we had to focus on a specific period in Greek history, or else get lost in all the shifts in the stories. Pandora's is one of the most intriguing. Between that class and the published works of Patricia Monaghan (she is freaking amazing and I love her severely), I have gleaned several versions of Pandora's story.
First off, both versions agree that she had a jar, not a box. The box was a mistranslation that became widely known. Common versions of her story tend to imply that she wasn't supposed to open the box (jar), but that is not the case. It was part of her dowry, a gift from Zeus, who also endowed her with insatiable curiosity when he created her (Pandora means "all-gifted", referencing the gifts the gods gave her when they created her - as a trap). She was given the jar containing all the evils of the world, so that she would open it and inflict them on humanity, as a punishment for Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and giving it to human kind. But she snapped the lid back on just in time to keep hope in the jar - which is why we stil have it. Our only blessing against the despair, or an evil in and of itself (depending on your perspective), giving us the strength to hold on and endure the rest.
Version two says her jar was full of blessings, and when she opened it they all escaped and flew back up to heaven, leaving us without them here on earth.
Version three is my favorite. Following a trend dethroning other goddesses (thank you Patricia Monaghan, for your multiple examples), most likely due to the invasion of patriarchal (Zeus worshipping) tribes, Pandora was re-written as the mortal woman (equivalent of Eve) more commonly known today, subject of Zeus and instrument of his rule. But there is an alternate version of her story where she was a goddess named Anesidora ("giver of all"), who carried around a jar of blessings (most importantly hope), and bestowed them on people.

About her accessories-
Monaghan helpfully provides that Nesi's jar was a pithos jar, which turns out to be a super huge ceramic storage jar used for transporting goods (particularly of the liquid variety). And I mean huge, like human sized, they even used the empty ones as coffins to bury people. Apparently when filled they were impossible to lift without mechanical assistance (and yet I have found no evidence suggesting Pandora or Anesidora needed assistance carting this thing around...). I also added some feathers, thanks to Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers" (which I love).

This candle stands 8" tall and is 2" in diameter.
The last one of these I burned lasted approximately 85 hours.

More Anesidora:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=anesidora

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Anesidora Pagan Prayer Candle

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wax, glass, plastic
  • Feedback: 100 reviews
  • Favorited by: 1 person
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