On the FOX show Sleepy Hollow, the Big Bad this season calls herself Pandora, and she has a box from which supernatural evil things come, but one of the protagonists says she's from Sumeria. The character herself talks about how her father sold her into slavery, which is not part of the Greek story. Also, in the Greek story, Pandora is clearly an innocent pawn, not an evildoer.

I've tried to research this, but I can't find any equivalents to the Greek Pandora myth (woman is created with many gifts from many gods, including intense curiosity; she is given as a wife to punish someone; she's given a jar/box/container and told "don't open it" but she does, and all manner of evils fly out to plague humanity; hope remains) in Sumerian mythology.

Is this just artistic license, or was there a similar figure or story in the Sumerian mythos?


The Pandora story you cite is 100% Greek. There's probably a pre-Hesiodic tradition surrounding it, but as it stands, it's not Mesopotamian.

However, there are parallels with Eve from Hebrew mythology. Both ruin a utopian world through their curiosity, causing misery and strife for humans thereafter. However, both endeavor to explain why the world is toilsome, and since the world is toilsome and women were easy targets for blame (especially in a male-dominated society), it's not impossible these are entirely independent of each other.

And even if there is some relationship between the two, the way the Greek story is told is without parallel.

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Possibly pandora had its greek counterpart in 'Sebeto' who is a female in Sumarian ancient writings. This word means "The Seven" which corresponds to the 'gifted one' of pandora and reveals a spiritualist communication with 'the Seven' we find not only in ancient cultures but also in Hinduism and in the West - the seven are demon spirits who call themselves "The Watchers" as in guardian spirits of the earth. They communicate with mediums all over the west as "the seven scended masters". their messages can be found on the web. Their instructions are all written down and they are described in the books by Alice Bailey on the lucistrust website. (This was Lucifer Trust in 1922 but they changed the name to hide the spiritualist origin of the writings from the demonic realm.) They have specific names and give each of themselves a rainbow colour "purple ray, red ray etc) The writings of Bailey underpin what is happening in western society today In fact Robert Muller wrote the Common Core Education directly from these writings. Sebeto is phnetic as the aecheological video on new summarian writings found spoke but did not spell the name.

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    Hello and welcome to Mythology SE, you say that Sebeto is an equivalent to Pandora? But you don't give any context as to why and/or how. Could you give more details to the story and an actual source? (We won't want to check a whole website to try to find the same result as you, so it would be better that you link a page). – Calaom Dec 1 at 9:35

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