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CaptionAdorned with Medusa’s head the shield of Minerva defeated the enemies of reason and knowledge virtues championed by the goddess. _________________________ This representation of the Great Seal of California was manufactured in 1857 along with many other state seals by brothers John and George Gibson two stained glass makers from Philadelphia and originally formed part of the ceiling decoration of the House of Representatives' chamber in the US Capitol Building in Washington DC. It hung in an enormous iron skylight along with the other seals for over ninety years until 1949 when the US Capitol was renovated. --- --- --- Robert Graves Greek Myths 1958 believes that the myth of Perseus preserves the memory of the conflicts which occurred between men and women in the transition from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society. In fact the function of the Gorgon's mask was to keep men at a safe distance from the sacred ceremonies and mysteries reserved for women i.e. those which celebrated the Triple Goddess the Moon. Graves reminds us that the Orphic poems referred to the full moon as the 'Gorgon's head'. The mask was also worn by young maidens to ward off male lust. The episode of Perseus' victory over Medusa represents the end of female ascendancy and the taking over of the temples by men who had become the masters of the divine which Medusa's head had concealed from them. __________________ Minerva Etruscan: Menrva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts trade and strategy. She was born with weapons from the head of Jupiter. Jupiter had sex with his sister Metis and impregnated her. Fearing that their child would grow stronger than him and rule the Heavens in his place Jupiter ripped the child from her womb and devoured it and Minerva was born from his forehead. From the 2nd century BC onwards the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of music poetry medicine wisdom commerce weaving crafts & magic
HeadlineMedusa one of the three Gorgons daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. She was the only one of the Gorgons who was subject to mortality. She is celebrated for her personal charms and the beauty of her locks. Neptune became enamoured of her and obtained her favours in the temple of Minerva. This violation of the sanctity of the temple provoked Minerva and she changed the beautiful locks of Medusa which had inspired Neptune’s love to serpents.
KeywordsRobert-Graves California-Seal Eureka Triple-Goddess Minerva Califia shield-of-Minerva
Copyright Minerva
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