P is for Pandora, The Woman Who Brought Evil Into the World - A to Z Challenge - Jo-Ann Carson

P is for Pandora, The Woman Who Brought Evil Into the World – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.

P is for Pandora

John William Waterhouse: Pandora, 1896 (Wikipedia)

John William Waterhouse: Pandora, 1896 (Wikipedia)

Pandora was the first woman created by the Greek Gods. Endowed ย with special gifts from each of them, she was a beautiful temptress with seductive charms and a deceitful feminine nature.

Hmmm. The ancient Greeks had a peculiar perspective on women, but that’s another story.

Anyway, the myth, like all myths, changed through time. The basic story is that Pandora was given as a gift to Epimtheus, the brother of Prometheus who had angered Zeus by stealing fire for humans. He had been warned by his brother not to accept anything from Zeus, but Pandora was so beautiful and so beguiling he could not refuse her.

Pandora had a box or a jar depending on the translation. She was forbidden to open it. But her curiosity got the better of her, and she lifted the lid. Out flew all the evils of the world, plagues, famines, disease… By the time she got the top back on the box, the only thing left was hope.


Pandora (1861), by Pierre Loison (1816โ€“1886)

Pandora (1861), by Pierre Loison (1816โ€“1886)

Feature Photo:


Pandora trying to close the box she has opened. At left, the evils of the world taunt her as they escape. Engraving, based on a painting by F.S. Church. (Wikipedia)




6 Replies to “P is for Pandora, The Woman Who Brought Evil Into the World – A to Z Challenge”

  1. In Bengali we have this poem which, loosely translated, runs thus :
    “You shut the door to stop all the evil from entering..
    Truth asks, from where then, shall I come in?”
    Pandora always makes me think of that! Lovely post. she always has been a favourite. Thanks for visiting my site, Jo-Ann!

    1. Hi Ipsyb,
      I love your story about shutting the door. Thanks so much for stopping by and telling it. I know with Feng Shui you put mirrors near the door so that nasty spirits see themselves and go elsewhere. I love the old stories.
      Best Wishes

    1. Hi Jazzfeathers,
      Me too. That is, Pandora is one of my all-time favourite myths. Picturing the box and the evil and the woman’s curiosity… It’s just a great story.
      Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
      Best Wishes

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