gods – Wolf Zeus – Zeus Lykaios – Greek mythology (Mythology Explored by Ancient Mystery)

Zeus Lykaios “Wolf-Zeus” is assumed by Zeus only in connection with the archaic festival of the Lykaia on the slopes of Mount Lykaion “Wolf Mountain” the tallest peak in rustic Arcadia Zeus had only a formal connection with the rituals and myths of this primitive rite of passage with an ancient threat of cannibalism, and the possibility of a werewolf transformation for the, ephebes, who were the participants. Near the ancient ash-heap where the sacrifices took place it was a forbidden precinct in which, allegedly, no shadows were ever cast. According to Plato, a particular clan would gather on the mountain to make a sacrifice every nine years to Zeus Lykaios, and a single morsel of human entrails would be intermingled with the animals. Whoever ate the human flesh was said to turn into a wolf, and could only regain human form if he did not eat again of human flesh until the next nine-year cycle had ended. There were games associated with the Lykaia, removed in the fourth century to the first urbanization of Arcadia, Megalopolis; there the major temple was dedicated to Zeus Lykaios. There is, however, the crucial detail that Lykaios or Lykeios (epithets of Zeus and Apollo) may derive from Proto-Greek “light”a noun still attested in compounds such as “twilight” “year” “light’s course” etc. This, Cook argues, brings indeed much new ‘light’ to the matter as Achaeus, the contemporary tragedian of Sophocles, spoke of Zeus Lykaios as “starry-eyed” and this Zeus Lykaios may just be the Arcadian Zeus, son of Aether, described by Cicero. Again under this new signification may be seen Pausanias’ descriptions of Lykosoura being ‘the first city that ever the sun beheld’, and of the altar of Zeus, at the summit of Mount Lykaion, before which stood two columns bearing gilded eagles and ‘facing the sun-rise’. Further Cook sees only the tale of Zeus’ sacred precinct at Mount Lykaion allowing no shadows referring to Zeus as ‘god of light’ (Lykaios)

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