Apollo Gives the Kithara to Orpheus
Apollon Gives the Kithara to Orpheus: Inked pencil sketch by Kallimachus, created November 22nd of 2008. One morning I woke up with this image in my mind, perhaps from a dream but I cannot really remember.
While living on Mount Parnassus with his mother and sisters, Orpheus met Apollo. The God grew fond of the boy. Apollo gave him a lyre. He taught Orpheus how to play the lyre while the boy's mother, Calliope, inspired him to write poetry. Orpheus then wrote and sang songs. His songs charmed everyone who heard him, to such extent that they were loved even by the animals and vegetation.
kithara (Latin: cithara) - The kithara is the 7-stringed lyre of Apollo, created by his brother Hermes from the shell of a turtle, who gave it to the God after he had stolen his cattle. The seven strings of the kithara represent the seven centers of the soul, similar to the chakras of the Hindus. The word kithara is the etymological root of the word guitar.
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