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I know nothing of the origin of this statue, a sculpture I won on auction. It is made of solid stone, alabaster, 13.5 inches tall, is a creamy, ivory color, and is very heavy. It was sculpted by hand; it is not a copy made from resin. There are several cracks in the stone and it is obvious that there was more material to the base at one time. The sculpture is currently mounted to marble for more support. This is Zeus, for in his right hand, he holds thunderbolts. His left hand is concealed under the cloak behind his back. It is through the wisdom and compassion of Zefs, that through the Mysteries taught by his son Diónysos (Dionysus, Διόνυσος), we are able to free ourselves from the sorrowful cycle of endless births (κύκλος γενέσεως). To discover this story in all its beauty, please visit this page: Orphic Theogony.
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, 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, κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllôn (Apollo, Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus, Ὀρφεύς).
PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as mythology, 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 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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