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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise? According to most Christian teaching and traditions, the short answer is no. Your question however does pose certain interesting perplexities to say the least. First of all, I would like to make it clear that the Gospels do mention that there is such a thing as an unpardonable sin that man can commit. The ...


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In Egyptian mythology Isis created a serpent to poison Ra and only gave him the antidote when he revealed his true name to her. Isis passed this name on to Horus, strengthening his royal authority. The secret name of Ra Ra was known by many names by gods and their worshipers, but one name of Ra was not spoken of since the beginning of time. This secret ...


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Whether the "genius loci" developed into "genii" or whether they were parallel developments is difficult to say. In Roman belief-systems and spirituality it was the complete character, nature, and substance of the person concerned, it was resemblant of what Ka was for the Egyptians (Bator, Wiesław: Religious Studies Perspective on Egyptian Beliefs), thus a ...


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Heracles is said to have had intercourse with the 50 daughters of Thespius or Thestius in one night, all of whom bore him sons (Diodorus Siculus, Library 4.29.3) In another version, one daughter refused, making the number 49 (Pausanius, Description of Greece 9.27.6). However, in some less impressive versions, this took place over a week (Herodorus apud ...


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If memory serves, Mikhail Bakunin was particularly fond of the story of Prometheus, the Titan of forethought. Prometheus defied the Olympians (the ruling class), stole fire from Zeus (the king) and gifted it to humanity. It does not get any more anti-authority than that! Here's one version of the myth, from Hesiod's Works and Days: For the gods keep hidden ...


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You referenced the Wikipedia article on the genius, but I think the Britannica article would have been more helpful to you. The genius (and its female counterpart, the juno) were personfications of the family's male and female reproductive powers, which passed through the heads of families and their wives. Howeve, many other things also had genii, ...


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Some brief thoughts, (answer may be evolving,) but I think the idea that "there is nothing new under the sun" sort of holds. The Anti-Hero One innovation we think of as modern is that of the anti-hero, but this template could be said to go back to Prometheus and Loki, both protagonists who resort to trickery, and face dire punishment, to attain their ...


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Well depending on the definition of classical hero, the answer may change. For the sake of this answer I'll consider them to be the protagonists of the Greek tragedies (Hercules, Odysseus, Hector, et.al.) or even some modern day heroes (Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, etc, spring to mind). Then you may be looking for what Joseph Campbell called the Monomyth....


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An anarchist message can be found in Antigone's refusal to abide by King Creon's decree to leave her brother unburied, as dramatized in the play "Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus. Interestingly, the first known use of the word "anarchy" in a political context is in line 1035 of the play.


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In the Chrisian scope of affairs, if you don't deem Origen to be a "heretic" - yes- : Origen was the author of the most effective argument against the punishing terror of God's wrath as recounted in St. John's Apocalypse. With his doctrine of 'Apokatastasis Panton', the resurrection of all beings (a quote from St. Peter in Acts 3:21), he integrates the ...


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In myths, humans follow a limited number of patterns, regardless of their cultural background. This field of study is called Comparative Mythology. This has uncovered a number of parallels, or archetypes, between the myths of different cultures, including some very widespread recurring themes and plot elements, like: Creation of mankind from clay ...


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And yet in the book of Job Satan also known as Lucifer in some texts is seated with the archangels because God beckoned him to come and as an Angel of God he responded and then made a deal to tempt Job to prove he would turn against God if bad things happened to him. If God truly was angry with Satan or Lucifer then why would he allow him in his company, ...


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The opposite of Hubris is Sophrosyne (σωφροσύνη). It is considered an important quality to have and is expressed in opposition to the concept of hubris. The meaning of the concept Sophrosyne is, "an ideal of excellence of character and soundness of mind." No language has an equal word to Sophrosyne. When one has Sophrosyne, it leads to other qualities of ...


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