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March 16th, 2010


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11:36 am - Prayers to Athena
I just prayed and made offering at the feet of Athena Parthenos at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Nashville Parthenon is really a magnificent structure. It's $6.00 admission is well worth it, and it was well worth the price of the flight to come down, rent a car, and drive around to find it. It's technically an art gallery, but that's just the lower floor: the main floor is completely dedicated to the 42 foot tall statue of Athena, and the cella that houses the statue (though the Elgin Marbles are situated around the room, outside the colonade) is devoid of other art.

I thought that 42 feet tall wasn't really all that large when I read about it. I was like, "Oh, that's smaller than I thought."

But what happens is that you come up the stairs from the lower galleries and enter the cella proper, and there she is.

She is magnificent, filling the room. The gilded statue reflects the light beautifully, drawing the eye and filling your vision as well. In her right hand is Nike, at her left side the shield. . . And all the while you can do little except stare up at her and feel awe and reverence.

The Athena at the Nashville Parthenon is the largest indoor statue in the Western world, apparently (the largest indoor statue is a reclining Buddha). Stepping into that cella is something every modern Pagan should experience: though Nashville certainly did not intend to create a Pagan temple, it's clear that they did. It was truly awe-inspiring.

I'm only down for the day, but I've wanted to see this particular statue for a very long time. I'm very glad I came.
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Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown", -JB

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From:acousticdryad
Date:March 16th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I am jealous. She has been my patron since 7th grade :)
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From:athenamsb
Date:March 16th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you worked with Athene?? She's been a patron of mine for eight years. She is actually the Goddess whom I followed into Paganism. :)

Ditto on the jealous, Michael!
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From:acousticdryad
Date:March 16th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Yes ma'am :) I'm not usually vocal about such things (patron talk usually ends up a very long "me too" conversation in large groups that I try to avoid), but she is indeed my heart and soul. I am glad to hear of another around though, perhaps we can talk about it sometime :D She's actually been my only patron for quite some years. I've attempted to find a male counterpart but it's ended up wholly unnecessary each time.

A fiscal aries farmer a devotee of Athena?! It amuses me :D
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Totally worth going sometime. :)
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From:acousticdryad
Date:March 17th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
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Might make it a yearly pilgrimage :)
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From:anivair
Date:March 16th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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When ravenna_blue and I went she had offerings that she was going to leave outside, but Athena would have none of that, so she put them in with the plants in the room.

It's every but as powerful as Mike makes it sound. I wish I'd known he was going ahead of time, I'd have asked him to look and see if her stones were still there.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know that you guys had actually made it; I remember the first time you'd come down, you didn't know about it. But I may be misremembering. Were you down here more recently?
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From:anivair
Date:March 17th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
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We went back a few months ago. It was a pretty amazing experience, just as you describe. it is really easy to imagine it as a bustling place of worship.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I left the ultimate temple offering: cash for continued support and maintenance of the temple.

At the "real" parthenon in Athens, I left a 2 Euro coin, and donated to the museum as well.

I was there early enough, though, that there was almost no one there, so I could sit and pray and be generally undisturbed.
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From:ravenna_blue
Date:March 16th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Joe and I went in the fall and felt exactly the same way!

I had brought a part of a large piece of calcite that had shattered into 4 respectable pieces in transit.

I placed the portion for Athena in one of the potted plants in front of her gaze at the end of the hallway.

I was not "Greek" perse before the trip...but as I type, there is the postard photograph of the Athena at my right and going there completely changed my opinion of the Hellenic pantheon.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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It is a really cheap place to get an Athena statue for your altar. Or a really expensive place to get a cool relief of Athena :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I think every property should have a labyrinth! :)

I'm glad that people are doing the action, even if they don't have the belief. That's what's important to me: honour the gods!
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From:sweet_thyme
Date:March 17th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
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Pictures? please?. :)
From:wickett6029
Date:March 18th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I've been wanting to travel to Nashville ever since this temple was built, and have seen fabulous pictures of the statue of Athena it houses--it really is awe-inspiring! I so envy you! :-)

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