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Theia Mania

Theia Mania

by agnosis
My own take on Greek mythology. Join Hermes, Hades, Persephone, Athena and the others as they try to deal with themselves, their complicated family and those strange humans.

NEKYIA: Inspired by “Menippus, A Necromantic Experiment” by Lucian. It introduces Hades, Hermes and the Underworld.

DADDY'S GIRL: The story about Athena’s “childhood” and her struggle to understand herself, her family and the world around her.

HERO BONES: A short story about Hermes, inspired by what the ancient Greeks thought about fossils and big bones found in the earth.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: A story about abortion and motherhood from Persephone’s point of view, inspired by some myths from the Orphic tradition.

Some of the comics have some mature content, but nothing too explicit.

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Theia Mania

My own take on Greek mythology. Join Hermes, Hades, Persephone, Athena and the others as they try to deal with themselves, their complicated family and those strange humans.

NEKYIA: Inspired by “Menippus, A Necromantic Experiment” by Lucian. It introduces Hades, Hermes and the Underworld.

DADDY'S GIRL: The story about Athena’s “childhood” and her struggle to understand herself, her family and the world around her.

HERO BONES: A short story about Hermes, inspired by what the ancient Greeks thought about fossils and big bones found in the earth.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: A story about abortion and motherhood from Persephone’s point of view, inspired by some myths from the Orphic tradition.

Some of the comics have some mature content, but nothing too explicit.

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Hekate has charm, Demeter went from 10 to 0 in no time.
agnosis
April 20th, 2018
I was inspired to give Demeter Erinys/Demeter Melaina snaky hair after I learned that Demeter’s Archaic wooden statue in her cave at Phigaleia looked quite unusual. Pausanias was given a description of it (it had been destroyed long before he visited Phigaleia): "It was seated on a rock, like to a woman in all respects save the head. She had the head and hair of a horse, and there grew out of her head images of serpents and other beasts. Her tunic reached right to her feet; on one of her hands was a dolphin, on the other a dove" (Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.42.4).

Jennifer Larson means that this Demeter is a Mistress of Animals and has close affinities with the gorgon Medusa, who similarly sported snaky hair, mated with Poseidon, and gave birth to a miraculous horse (Pegasos). This part of the story, a miraculous horse sired by Poseidon upon a goddess closely concerned with fertility, seems to be very old and was originally probably not a part of the story of Demeter’s search for her daughter. Arion’s conception and birth was also told in the lost epic Thebais, usually dated to the seventh or sixth century BCE. There the goddess is only called Erinys, which was also the name of an old Mycenaean goddess (e-ri-nu in Linear B). Jennifer Larson suggests: "The Arkadian cults of Demeter resulted from a complex process combining the old Mycenaean goddess Erinys, who was early on linked to Poseidon Hippios and whose offspring was a horse, with the Panhellenic and Eleusinian Demeter who bore a daughter" (Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide by Jennifer Larson).
Loving Arion’s wit
agnosis
April 16th, 2018
According to this Arkadian myth the rape happened when Demeter was wandering all over Greece in search of her daughter Persephone, who had been kidnapped by Hades. Afterwards, angry with Poseidon and grieved at the loss of her daughter, Demeter dressed in black and hid in a cave in Mount Elaios. In my story this happened before Persephone was born, so instead it is the loss of her mortal lover Iasion that adds to Demeter’s depression (and by placing it before Persephone’s birth, it works as a sort of explanation to why Demeter is quite overprotective of her daughter).
Speaking of White Sand if you check it out please let me know what you think of it.
agnosis
April 12th, 2018
This scene was very difficult. This myth is one of the few cases in Greek mythology where there’s no question about what happened. It was a rape, and I didn’t want to take that away. But to keep it and not demonizing Poseidon completely was not easy.
agnosis
April 6th, 2018
@Ben: Yeah, if they had changed into horses because they both thought that it would be sexy to make love like that, then I'd have no problems with it.
Fair enough. It's that other people were talking like it was something we had already seen that was the problem, rather than something yet to be shown.
Given that you have confirmed that lack of consent that IS GOING to happen (and you would know being the author) rather than kink-shaming that is the problem I have no problems. Fair enough?
agnosis
April 6th, 2018
@Ben: I know it's not so very evident yet, but the problem with what is going to happen between Demeter and Poseidon is the lack of consent, not anything else.
agnosis
April 6th, 2018
@frigid: This flashback is supposed to take place during the bronze age, yes.
Unless this turns into another case of rape I’m not sure what the big deal is. Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t the moral problem with beastiality that animals lack the intelligence to consent? What Poseidon and Demeter are doing is basically something along the lines of the furry fettish or a similar but different fetish taken to the next level as allowed by shapeshifting magical powers. As long as consent is POSSIBLE, and is GIVEN it really shouldn’t be our place to judge even if the fetish is weird and disturbing to us.

That being said I acknowledge subsequent pages may change things but AS OF THIS PAGE this is my stance.
Welp... You convinced me that what the greek gods needed was a very good therapist who could make things stick.

To bad this is the bronze (early iron?) age...

I'm gonna agree with Demeter though Poseidon is screwed in the head.
@agnosis: power to you
agnosis
April 4th, 2018
@AzrielEver: I have to say that I don't look forward to draw the next following pages.
Yeah.... this is gonna get worse from here
agnosis
April 2nd, 2018
@Ben: Oh, okay... I think I understand what you mean.
Perhaps Meta-fiction MAY not nessecary be the best term. Let me try to describe what I mean. At some point late in his writing career Stephen King wrote The Dark Tower series. It was a book series intended to tie his previous books into ONE CONNECTED UNIVERSE.

The Cosmere is basically Brandon Sanderson’s idea for something like that only PRE-PLANNED so it’s more consistent.

Basically all if his books that don’t take place on a version of Earth are set in the Cosmere.

The idea behind it is that he likes big long sweeping multi book epics. But he also understands that not everyone wants to have to commit to huge stories to get any resolution. His solution was the Cosmere. The books or trilogies, etc. would be self contained, but would ALSO hint at pieces of the larger Cosmere story going on as well. With it being more in the foreground in some stories than others.

Basically the idea is that you DON’T NEED to have an appreciation of the larger Cosmere story to enjoy the individual works, but IT CAN ENHANCE your enjoyment of the works. Especially on rereads.

Does this make sense?
agnosis
April 2nd, 2018
@Ben: Oh, cool!

Well, I know that when you apply meta to something it's usually about the thing itself. Like, meta in a comic could be when the characters are aware of that they are in a comic, which reminds the reader that what they are reading is not real. I guess that meta-fiction is the same, applied to fiction?
It’s funny you should mention comics. He was approached by a comics publisher a few years back and asked if he had any unpublished manuscripts that would work well as an adaptation to comics. He gave them his manuscript for White Sand. It is currently being adapted as a three part graphic novel. The first 2 parts are out. What’s more it’s part of his meta series called the Cosmere.

Question: Do you know what meta-fiction is?
agnosis
April 1st, 2018
@Ben: No, I haven't. I have mosty been reading comics and non-fiction the recent years, actually. ^^;