Monthly Archives: March 2014

Barry’s Blog # 87: Blaming the Victim, Part One of Three

A friend forwards this BBC News article: “American Dream Breeds Shame and Blame for Job Seekers”. The author sites statistics claiming that 10.5 million Americans are unemployed. But in practical terms she is quite inaccurate. This is merely the number … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 86: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth, Part Eight of Eight

Conclusion The story of Dionysus getting Hephaestus drunk (in Part Seven) symbolizes not literal inebriation but male initiation into a psychology where the feminine is welcome and the mother complex no longer threatens the marriage bond. Dionysus, says Murray Stein, … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 85: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth, Part Seven of Eight

Dionysus and Hephaestus Dionysus Dionysus, like Heracles, was born of Zeus and a mortal woman. Initiation motifs occur throughout his life: in his suffering, his dismemberment by the Titans, his double birth and the wound in Zeus’s thigh from which … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 84: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth, Part Six of Eight

Telemachus and Heracles Telemachus The story of Telemachus takes place within the broader context of the Odyssey, in which Odysseus experiences a series of initiations (all of them, curiously, by female figures) and evolves from a one-dimensional, heroic figure into … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 83: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth, Part Five of Eight

Pentheus …nothing can be sole or whole that has not been rent – Yeats Orestes killed his mother, but Pentheus’ mother killed him. Dionysus drove the women of Thebes mad because they hadn’t respected him. His cousin, the adolescent King … Continue reading

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