Friday, April 3, 2015

#ATOZCHALLENGE: Letter D: Danae- The Unfortunate Mother

Danae's Painting during Pre-Raphaelite Movement(1833-1898)

Argos, Date: Unknown

Once upon a time, in the city of Argos, in the southern part of  Greece lived a fair maiden, Danae. Beautiful and gentle, she had many suitors for she was the only daughter of  Eurydice and Aerisius, the King and Queen of Argos.

One day, they took her to visit the local Oracle, as was the practice during those days. But they got a shock of their lives. The Oracle, a seer for many centuries, told them bluntly that the child borne by Danae, would be the cause of death for her father. Furious upon hearing this, he ordered his guards to imprison her in the darkest of his dungeons, with only her nurse as her companion. 

Danae was heartbroken and cursed her fate. Her cries were heard by the mighty Zeus himself when he was passing by on a quest. Curious, he peeked into the dungeon and immediately wanted her as his own.  He appeared before her as a shower of gold and she was dazed by his divine presence. 

They spent many happy hours together, locked in their passion. Danae forgot all about her sorrow and Zeus promised to visit her every day till they could not come up with a plan to free her from this ordeal. (Why? Well, personally I think he was just being his mean self and did not want her in his life on a permanent basis.)

But before he could think of a plan, the nurse found out that Danae was pregnant with Zeus's child. She was scared of Zeus so did not report it to the King immediately. But soon loyalty won and she went and told the King. But as fate would have it, the child came to this world before Eurydice could reach his daughter. His advisers told him not to kill the child, for he was Zeus's son but rather throw them out. 

Danae begged her father. "No father, he is so innocent. Don't you feel any love? I beg you to have mercy on us."

But the King was too scared of his own death to listen to his only daughter. He ordered a big, wooden crate to be built. After putting the mother and child inside that, he threw it into the Sea. Zeus saw this and guided the box to safety and they landed on the Island of Seriphos. 

At that time, the King of Seriphos, Polydectes, was fishing on his Royal ship. He saw a crate bobbing on the glittering waves. He ordered his men to haul it over. He was stunned to find a beautiful girl and an infant inside the crate. 

------What happens after Polydectes falls in love with Danae and the little infant grows up to be the mighty Perceus is another tale to tell. :)


Note:
Danae was a Greek Princess who was imprisoned by her own father, to prevent the fulfilment of a prophecy which foretold that her son will be the death for the King. Though she found love with Zeus, he never helped her to escape. When she did escape she fell into the clutches of Polydectus, whose hatred for her son overshadowed his judgements. 


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28 comments:

  1. Moral of the story......no matter how much you try, you can't escape what is fated. It's karma

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    1. As the story progrsses, all the character meets their fate. Law of Karma is what this is about. Thanks for reading and understanding my story Lata.

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  2. Fabulous, as usual. You certainly have me hooked! And I agree with Lata, it's karma...

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    1. Thanks a ton Devika for those kind words :)

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  3. Women have been at the receiving end from the time immemorial.

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    1. Tell me all about it. Look out for E Janaki. Would love to know your thoughts regarding that.

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  4. Ah, I want to know what happened after polydectes falls in love with her! I was so lost in the story and it had to end :(

    Double Jeopardy

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    1. I promise you will know Swathi. Planning to write an antho regarding this. :)

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  5. So unfair. Why didn't Zeus help her to escape? Would like to read what happened next. Good one, Ina.

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    1. The ways of Gods are fickle. Sometimes I do wonder, whether they were Gods or mere Mortal.

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  6. What a sad tale. Will have to read up some more on this one.

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    1. Many of the woment chars have this ending Suzy. Food for thought.

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  7. Today's narration is beautiful peppered with familiar names like Zeus and Perceus (though in passing). Poor Danae! This is so similar to Krishna's birth in prison - because it was proclaimed that he would slay Kamsa.
    You have tickled my curiosity. Looks like I have to read up on Greek mythology. It is Greek, right? :D

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    1. You will LOVE it Sundari. There are many romances hidden on the pages. Though I wanted to do this series on Romance somehow these controversial characters attracted me more. Well you know me :P

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  8. Like Sundari, I was also reminded of the story of Krishna's birth. Why did Zeus pretend to love Danae if he never wanted her to be his forever. If Gods are like this, how can mere mortals be any different :(

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    1. Well Bhavya.. EGGjactly my point :P

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  9. Every time I hear a Greek god myth, I always wonder what it must have been like to live in a world that believed them. Zeus is such a 20th century jerk, I'd hate to believe I was at his mercy ;)

    Your can find me here:
    ClarabelleRant

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    1. You have it right there Clarabelle. His exploits will make a damn good adult fiction. I am yet to find a story in which he had done something good.

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  10. I love these old tales. They have such drama and show all the passions of the human condition.

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    1. They sure do. Every culture has many to offer. Thanks for dropping by Fancene. :)

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  11. How could someone order to kill their own grandchild? Well, I guess these old kings were unscrupulous. Love the tales and waiting to read more such interesting ones :)

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    1. Well Prasanna, I suppose during those days tales were written to show law and order of the society. If you do this, then this will happen to you. Most of these stories were told and retold by mouth- no written version. The truth must have long ago been lost.

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  12. I love these tales. They have the power to keep you hooked.

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    1. Thank you so much Sheetal. Glad you liked it.

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  13. I want more... I'm lovin it!

    The story not the burger!

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    1. LOL Ruchi. Maybe bread and cheese. During those days they did not have burger :D Thanks friend for liking my stories. Means a lot.

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  14. dropping from the A to Z challenge....This tale also kind of reminds me of Kamsa putting his own sister Devaki in prison as her son Krishna would be the cause of his death...but as also in this epic, who can over rule destiny!

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  15. Poor Danae!! All the men in her life just made things worse for her!

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