HYMN TO HEPHAESTUS

                              

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The Hymn to Íphaistos (Hephaestus; Gr. Ἥφαιστος) can be sung with or without accompaniment. A drum or rhythmic hand-clap is appropriate. The hymn also sounds good with chordal accompaniment. It should be sung as a march, with a strict beat, like marching to battle.

The words refer to the dominion of Íphaistos as God of Form. He makes the Divine Armor of Akhilléfs (Achilles; Gr. χιλλεύς). The sword of bloodletting represents the deification of the soul. This is the final death because all the other deaths lead to more lives and more deaths. The light of the Coppersmith's work sparks through the Golden Aithír (Aether; Gr. Αἰθήρ).

This hymn was written by the contemporary composer Kallímakhos of Chicago, not the ancient poet from Alexandria. 






 

More devotional songs:  MUSIC

 

For the technically curious: The recording available in the link above was made at Pekin Inn Recording. The entire performance and the recording was made by Kallimachus. The following equipment was used on the recording. The vocal microphone is a Microtech Gefel UM70. The drum was recorded simultaneously with a pair of Microtech Gefel M296 on a Jecklin disc. Three channels of an API 3124M+ served as the pre-amps for all the microphones. The mixer was a Neotek-1E. Reverbs: TC Electronic REVERB 4000 and M2000. Some compression was applied using a Pendulum audio ES-8. The mix-down deck is a Marantz CDR640. The drum is a djembe.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).

 

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 Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as 

 

, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.


The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.


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