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[...]Son of Apollo and the Muse Calliope, Orpheus was a wonderful musician from Thrace who was married to the beautiful Eurydice. He played the lyre and sang so well that the wild animals were tamed and the rivers stopped to listen. He was believed to have invented the hexameter.

During early Christianity Orpheus surrounded by the wild animals was a symbol for Christ, and this motif was often used in the catacombs.

The most famous story about Orpheus is about his wife's death. Eurydice was bit by a snake and descended into Hades. Orpheus then followed her to the kingdom of death, and managed to soften Hades heart with his beautiful music. Hades agreed to let Eurydice go, if Orpheus promised not to look at her until they had reached daylight. When they were almost there, Orpheus thought he could no longer hear his wife's footsteps, and looked back, only to see the screaming Eurydice being pulled back into the underworld.

Shattered by grief, Orpheus wandered the forests of Thrace, singing his wife's lament, and was attacked by the maenads (Dionysus orgiastic women) who tore him to pieces. His singing head floated down the river, and all was lost. Eventually the head floated ashore on Lesbos, and that's how the island became the centre of poetry.[...]

essentially orpheus seems to be a first version for the myth of christ, he has been to hell and back, and was able to resurrect the dead. in ancient greece the cult of orpheus ( orphic mysteries ) was a predominant religion.
chrisitanity during her affirmation has sacked the pagan mytography killing ancient faiths in the process.
essentially christian mythology developed out of preceding pagan/hebraic traditions.
but if hebraic myhth was somewhat respected pagan mythology was raped and considered like shit afterward.
this is dedicated to all people trying to awaken old faiths around the world.
keep on fighting; our struggle will be rewarded.
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