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Pythia by GENZOMAN Pythia by GENZOMAN
Hi guys! here goes the first pic after the digital earthquake of yesterday :) remember, the delete of my account means I'm not anymore on your watch list, RE-WATCH ME AGAIN plz :D

A pic from a couple of years ago :) Lets start with a myth related to the Delphi... Delphi oracle, on the Apollo´s temple
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Let´s Wikiattack!

The Pythia (Greek: Πυθία), commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the priestess at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo, giving her a prominence unusual for a woman in male-dominated ancient Greece. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC. The last recorded response was given in 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered pagan temples to cease operation. During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle in the Greek world. The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greek world. Writers who mention the oracle include Herodotus, Thucydides, Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Pindar, Aeschylus, Xenophon, Diodorus, Diogenes, Strabo, Pausanias, Plutarch, Livy, Justin, Ovid, Lucan, Julian, and Clement of Alexandria.

The name 'Pythia' derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place-name from the verb pythein (πύθειν, "to rot"), used of the decomposition of the body of the monstrous serpent Python after she was slain by Apollo. One common view has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests reshaped into the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature.

This picture has been challenged by scholars such as Joseph Fontenrose and Lisa Maurizio, who argue that the ancient sources uniformly represent the Pythia speaking intelligibly, and giving prophecies in her own voice. Recent geological investigations have shown that gas emissions from a geologic chasm in the earth could have inspired the Delphic Oracle to "connect with the divine." Some researchers suggest the possibility that ethylene gas caused the Pythia's state of inspiration. However, Lehoux argues that ethylene is "impossible" and benzene "crucially underdetermined". Others argue instead that methane might have been the gas emitted from the chasm, or CO2 and H2S, arguing that the chasm itself might have been a seismic ground rupture.

According to earlier myths, the office of the oracle was initially held by the goddesses Themis and Phoebe, and that the site was sacred first to Gaia. Subsequently it was held sacred to Poseidon, the "Earth-shaker" god of earthquakes. During the Greek Dark Age, from the 11th to the 9th century BC, the arrival of a new god of prophecy saw the temple being seized by Apollo who expelled the twin guardian serpents of Gaia. Later myths stated that Phoebe or Themis had "given" the site to Apollo, rationalizing its seizure by priests of the new god, but presumably, having to retain the priestesses of the original oracle because of the long tradition. Apparently Poseidon was mollified by the gift of a new site in Troizen.

Diodorus also explained how, initially, the Pythia was an appropriately clad young virgin, for great emphasis was placed on the Oracle's chastity and purity to be reserved for union with the god Apollo. But one consultant notes,
“Echecrates the Thessalian, having arrived at the shrine and beheld the virgin who uttered the oracle, became enamoured of her because of her beauty, carried her away and violated her; and that the Delphians because of this deplorable occurrence passed a law that in the future a virgin should no longer prophesy but that an elderly woman of fifty would declare the Oracles and that she would be dressed in the costume of a virgin, as a sort of reminder of the prophetess of olden times.”
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I love the fluidity of the motion the oracle possesses.
MarilenaAlexia Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Nice as a work, but it looks more like a slave bellydancer, than pythia.
LaraGhostZ Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I agree on this.
AzakiShimo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Artist
That guys all like "oh hot damn!" :P
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Her Gift, Her Curse... 
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just like the one from 300. :)
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What exactly is a "costume of a virgin"?
xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
The Oracle Even Has BOOOOOOOOOOBIES!!!!
pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHA this was the movie of 300!! there, while watching Leonidas what the Oracle saw for him that He will Die in battle in the Hands of Xerxes XD
VGviciousKitten Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the little history lessons you give, I'm going through your whole gallery right just reading them.
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