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Wheee, page fiftyfour! I had some difficulties with the dialogue on this page. The language tended to be too formal and academic and I prefer to have a feeling of spoken language in my comics.

My inspiration for this part came from a very interesting book I read some time ago. Osunt förnuft by Olav Hammer, a professor of History of Religions. It's about cognitive fallacies, false memories and other aspects of the human mind that have to do both with our religious imagination and with everyday life. He mentions that we are programmed to find patterns and connections in our surroundings and this ability is, due to natural selection, a bit hyper-active. That means that we see patterns and connections even if there aren't any (better to see one enemy too much than one too less).

I got the idea to let my gods lack this ability since, well, they're immortal so they have no need for it. On the contrary, a god with a hyper-active ability to see patterns and connections is mentally disorded and can be real dangerous. Kronos (Hades' father) was such a god. From the beginning I planned to let the characters talk about this in the comic, but unfortunately it was one of all the conversations that I had to cut out. So now Hermes only mentions the difference in memory capacity between mortals and immortals.

I guess most of you know this, but during what is called "the Greek Dark Ages" (ca. 1200–800 BCE), the Linear B writing used by the Mycenaeans seems to have been forgotten. It wasn't until the 8th century that a new alphabet system was adopted from the Phoenicians. Appearantly, Hades didn't bother to learn anything about what the societies of humans in Greece were like, before he talked to those who would become his priests. He assumed not much had changed since he left earth for the Underworld.

Hermes on the other hand seems to know a great deal about humans.
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