P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (his spiritual name) is a practicing polytheist and scholar. He is author of A Serpent Path Primer, Ephesia Grammata: Ancient History and Modern Practice, The Phillupic Hymns, The Syncretisms of Antinous, and other devotional books. Under his legal name of Phillip Bernhardt-House, he is author of Werewolves, Magical Hounds, and Dog-Headed Men in Celtic Literature. He is on the social science faculty at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Here he points out that, in the mythological history of humanity, there have been many occasions in which ruling deities have been overthrown. Kronos, with the help of his mother Gaia, overthrew his father Ouranos. Zeus, in turn, with the help of his mother Rhea, overthrew Kronos. He suggests that Demeter, an earth goddess, wished to overthrow Zeus. He implies that the Eleusinian Mysteries were held, in part, to enlist support for Demeter in her struggle against Zeus. All of these conflicts set the earth goddess against the ruling sky god.
(Recorded on July 2, 2016)
Published on July 7, 2016