Today was kind of interesting. I was accused of blasphemy, against Ares.
Just let that sink in for a sec.
So yeah. I was on Facebook, and in one of the many Hellenic groups I’m in, I commented on a photo of a statue of Adonis being attacked by a boar (Ares). Someone had called Adonis a god, which confused me because Nonnus called Adonis a mortal prince of Cyprus, so I commented to that fact. Eventually, someone, having not read the entire comment thread, asked, “Why is a pig trying to bite him (Adonis) in the ass?”
My answer really upset someone. I said, and quote: “Ares can be a d**k…”
Enter the fiery wrath of doom. It got a little heated. The word “blasphemy” was never actually said, but the way “disrespect” was used, it was implied. This started yet another interesting thread which eventually devolved into a joke about rising up against the infidels who burn copies of the Theogeny. Yeah…
This brings me to a discussion of blasphemy. I’m totally sure, without even looking, that it was probably illegal in Hellas at one place or the other. Hell, dishonoring the Gods was the one thing that made the “corrupting the youth” charge actually stick to Socrates. Was calling Ares a penis the right thing to say, or the right way to phrase it? Probably not. What I don’t get is why that wouldn’t be between Ares and I.
You see this sort of behavior a lot though. Thankfully, most Hellenes aren’t as touchy as say Libyan extremists who have to kill an ambassador over a crappy movie. Yes, Wrath of the Titans was lame and totally messed up mythology, but so what? Do I need to destroy Hollywood now? No (even if I actually should >.>). If a god is offended, he’ll let you know, and you can take it from there. Hopefully, we can all keep our big kid underpants on and move on with our lives.