?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Prayers to Athena - Chronarchy — LiveJournal

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile
> Chronarchy.com

Links
Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
MySpace
Chaos Matrix
OSU PSA

March 16th, 2010


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
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.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown", -JB

(14 comments Leave a comment)

Comments:


[User Picture]
From:ravenna_blue
Date:March 16th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
(Link)
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.
[User Picture]
From:chronarchy
Date:March 16th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
(Link)
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 :)

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com