Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gods Behaving Badly

gods behaving badly barberini
Above is the cover of the book and the original statute

Publishing notes from on Amazon say:
"Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees-a favorite pastime of Apollo's-is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?"

It's Neil Gaiman's American Gods with wry British humor.  It explores the concept of egregore
and the thought that our attention and worship feed the gods with the energy they need to exist.
The book is a fun way to look at the base "personality traits" of the gods and how hard it is to weave our modern life into "ancient ways". Keep a look out for the movie. IMDB says it's in "post production".

Take the time to Howl a little this Lupercus and shed, for just a little, while the cares of the modern world.   Take a look at this statue, a copy at the Louvre, which shows the "wolf cloak".
Louvre - Barbarini

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