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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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Dreali85 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
I want this on my wall 5' x 3' today.
heartisan-crafts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
buttsecks imminent 
GaloCuevas Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one reminds me a little bit of you "Dana" from celtic mythology
MRPUFFYDRAGON Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
A Lovely Lady to meet.
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Gorgeous and powerfully sexy artwork 
KNFM Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Great job!
Martsuia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like a stripper scene to me
tomprime99 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Redemption19180 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful woman.

I'm blown away by Pythia' beauty.

I wish all women all the flowing beautiful locks that Pythia has because it just makes her all the more beautiful.

Great job, GENZOMAN.
thorman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
wuau que dibujo asombroso y increible pynthia es sexy y hermosa me encanta te felicito mucho genzoman:D
Shellsock Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
A stripper? Here? Praise Olympus!
Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  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.
fbi12345 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
What you expect?Apollo probably like her girls like that. 
LaraGhostZ Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I agree on this.
AzakiShimo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That guys all like "oh hot damn!" :P
Shellsock Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Her Gift, Her Curse... 
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Just like the one from 300. :)
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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.
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
With priestesses like these, who needs top models?
sanlobo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wasn't the Oracle the one that King Leonidas the brave went to in order to gain some sort of advantage for his upcoming battle with Xerxes and his Persian army, but never received that blessing?
kostassamgr Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the "oracles" didnt give blessings but with the use of herbs they became of with the god that protected that city and if the gods wanned they gave ther vision of the future to the oracle and she explaned it to the person that asked in that case leonidas and also ther is no "brave" title after his name .
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Did the Greek soldier rape her ... or was she willing ?
Ladi34 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Oh :-S ... That Greek soldier sure had a very ... peculiar conception of love, to say the least ...
Pretty much like Godfrey of Ibelin, in Kingdom of Heavens .
BooKoFBoBB Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Yes I know - another redhead (but great ART) watch where you put that spear soldier
HolyCruzader Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
very great *-*
XtremeBlader Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
KittyKattsKorner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
OOOOhhhhh...AAAAhhhhhh....!!!! =^_^=
SulfurBrezhnev Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
She is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen!
mirrormirror756 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
rafaytausif Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
licoricefactory Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
She's so beautiful!
Gavelgrey33 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I love the pic,but The Pythia sat upon a three legged stool.
RpxTecno Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Artist
Pantheon will enjoy the moment close to her xD
warroxas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
looks like the 300 =) so awesome
serbarus Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
charizardjoel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
how do i draw like you???????
awesome i mean really awesomw work
TheLionofRoma Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If it wasn't for her, the Battle of Thermopylae would've never happened
GioMetric99 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You sure like 2 draw people naked :giggle:
r-crespo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Frumpelstiltskin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Appropriately clad my ass
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
...and she was constantly raped by swarthy old men.
shadowreapers239 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
very nice
BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
totally awesome, G!
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