ORPHIC FRAGMENT 63 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Fragment 63 states that the Giants were born from Earth (Γῆ) and the blood of Ouranós (Οὐρανός), this from the 8th book of Ιερός Λόγος σε 24 Ραψωδίες by Orpheus.


63. (44) Ἐτυμολογικὸν Μέγα 231, 21 s. Γίγας (Natalis Comes Mytholog. Ven. 1568, 194). Edo ex Etym. genuin. (A [Vat. 1818], B [Marc.]), cuius lectionem mecum comiter communicavit R. Retzenstein.:

Γίγας παρὰ τὸ ἐκ τῆς γῆς ἰέναι· οἷον·

οὓς καλέουσι Γίγαντας ἐπώνυμον ἐν μακάρεσσιν,
οὕνεκα Γῆς ἐγένοντο, καὶ αἵματος Οὐρανίοιο.

οὕτως Ὀρφεὺς ἐν τῷ ὀγδόῳ τοῦ Ἱεροῦ λόγου.

The Giant(s) issued forth coming out of the earth; that is to say:

These they call by the name Yígandæs (Giants, Γίγαντες) among the happy Gods,
Wherefore they were born from Yi (Earth, Γῆ), and the blood of Ouranós (Heaven, Οὐρανός).

In this way (was it said by) Orphéfs (Ὀρφεὺς) in the eighth (Rhapsody) of the Sacred Logos (Ιερός Λόγος σε 24 Ραψωδίες). (trans. by the author)

Cf. Θεογονία Ἡσιόδου 105:

κλείετε δ᾽ ἀθανάτων ἱερὸν γένος αἰὲν ἐόντων,
οἳ Γῆς τ᾽ ἐξεγένοντο καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος,
Νυκτός τε δνοφερῆς

“...celebrate the holy race of the deathless Gods who are for ever, those that were born of Earth and starry Heaven and gloomy Night...” (trans. Hugh G. Evelyn-White, 1914)


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.
Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.


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 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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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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