ORPHIC FRAGMENT 219 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 219 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Water (Ὕδωρ) is the Vǽdy (βέδυ) of the Nymphs.

219. (252) Λόγος Στρώματα Κλήμεντος του Ἀλεξανδρέως V 8, 46, 3 (II 357, 10 Staeh.):

ναὶ μὴν ἡ στοιχειωτικὴ τῶν παίδων διδασκαλία τὴν τῶν τεττάρων στοιχείων περιείληφεν ἑρμηνείαν. βέδυ μὲν γὰρ τοὺς Φρύγας τὸ ὕδωρ φησὶ καλεῖν, καθὰ καὶ Ὀρφεύς·

καὶ βέδυ Νυμφάων καταλείβεται ἀγλαὸν ὕδωρ.

ἀλλὰ καὶ ὁ θύτης Δίων ὁμοίως φαίνεται γράφων·

καὶ βέδυ λαβὼν κατὰ χειρῶν καταχέου καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν ἱεροσκοπίην τρέπου.

ἔμπαλιν δὲ ὁ κωμικὸς Φιλύλλιος βέδυ τὸν ἀέρα βιόδωρον ὄντα διὰ τούτων γινώσκει·

“And indeed the most elementary instruction of children embraces the interpretation of the four elements; for it is said that the Phrygians call water Bedu (βέδυ), as also Orpheus says: —

‘And bright water is poured down, the Bedu of the nymphs.’

“Dion Thytes also seems to write similarly:—

‘And taking Bedu, pour it on your hands, and turn to divination.’

“On the other hand, the comic poet, Philydeus, understands by Bedu the air, as being life-giver (βιόδωρος)” (trans. William Wilson, 1885)

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.

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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.

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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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