Hellenic Mythology - Lethe, Goddess of Oblivion-Forgetfulness

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Emanuella "Discordian" Kozas

LETHE, the stream of oblivion, was one of the rivers of the underworld and its goddess. The others were the Styx, Akheron, Pyriphlegethon and Kokytos. She is called by Hesiod (Theog. 227) a daughter of Eris. A river in the lower world likewise bore the name of Lethe. The River Lethe flowed through the plain of Lethe in Hades. Also known as the Ameles potamos (river of unmindfulness), the river flowed around the cave of Hypnos where its murmuring induced drowsiness. The shades of the dead were required to drink from its water in order to forget their earthly life. Poets frequently use Lethe as a metaphor for the underworld in general.In Classical Hellenic, the word Lethe literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment". It is related to the Greek word for "truth", aletheia, meaning "un-forgetfulness" or "un-concealment".Mistakes were made because I wasn't careful enough.TIME CONSUMED: There is no time in oblivion.SONG OF MOTIVATION: Lethe's River - Satyrs DancePHRASE OF INSPIRATION: Ovid, Metamorphoses 11. 602 ff (C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :"Near the Cimmerii a cavern lies deep in the hollow of a mountainside, the home and sanctuary of lazy Hypnos, where Helios' beams can never reach at morn or noon or eve, but cloudy vapors rise in doubtful twilight . . . there silence dwells: only the lazy stream of Lethe 'neath the rock with whisper low o'er pebbly shallows trickling lulls to sleep. Before the cavern's mouth lush poppies grow and countless herbs, from whose bland essences a drowsy infusion dewy Nyx distils and sprinkles sleep across the darkening world."


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