Singing For Her


July 2015

It didn’t photo well, and thunderstorms are hard to do in pencil. But this would be Set’s birthday present. 



Gallo-Roman Bronze Priapus Statuette, 1st Century AD

This statuette is possibly a representation of the Roman fertility god Priapus,
made in two parts (shown here in assembled and disassembled forms). It was found at Rivery, in Picardy, France in 1771 and is the oldest Gallo-Roman
object in the collection of the Museum of Picardy. This figurine
represents the deity clothed in a “cuculus”, a Gallic coat with hood,
and may be an example of the Genii Cucullati (Hooded Spirits). This upper section is detachable and conceals a phallus.

More about Hooded Spirits

Obscure Gods: Iaso/Ieso

(So sorry I haven’t been doing these. It has been a really grueling month and a half since my mother passed. Anything I could have written up for the Obscure Gods posts would have been no good to anyone.) 

Ieso is the Goddess of recuperation. I’m not feeling so
great today, so I’m focusing on what I hope to find. She’s one of the daughters
of Asclepius and Epione (Goddess of Soothing), and had five sisters, each
ruling over some element of healing and health. Earlier this year I had
relatively intensive surgery with complications during my recovery, and oh, how
I wish I’d thought to reach out to this wonderful Goddess. She was associated
with many modalities and cures. She gave her very name to the physicians of
ancient Greece who were named iatros.

Most of the surviving mentions of Her discuss Her in
relationship with Her father and sisters.

The town of Trikkala says that Iaso was born there and that
there She remained.  

In the fifth century B.C. She is described as the child of
Amphiaraus. It seems  that at the time, She
was an independent Goddess who is eventually accepted into the family of


Miles, Steven H. The
Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of
Medicine, Oxford, 2005. p. 16

The Classical Weekly,
35, University of Virginia, 2009. p. 125

Edelstein, Emma J. and Ludwig Edelstein. Asclepius: Collection and Interpretation of
the Testimonies, Vol. 1,
JHU Press, 1998. p. 88

Berdoe, Edward. The
Origin and Growth of the Healing Art: A Popular History of Medicine in All Ages
and Countries.
London, 1893. p. 149

Tea … is a religion of the art of life.

― Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea (via tinyteabag)


Link between intestinal bacteria, depression found

Scientists from the Farncombe Family
Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University have
discovered that intestinal bacteria play an important role in inducing
anxiety and depression.

The new study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to explore the role of intestinal microbiota in the altered behavior that is a consequence of early life stress.

“We have shown for the first time in an established mouse model of
anxiety and depression that bacteria play a crucial role in inducing
this abnormal behaviour,” said Premysl Bercik, senior author of the
paper and an associate professor of medicine with McMaster’s Michael G.
DeGroote School of Medicine. “But it’s not only bacteria, it’s the
altered bi-directional communication between the stressed host – mice
subjected to early life stress – and its microbiota, that leads to
anxiety and depression.”

G. De Palma, P. Blennerhassett, J. Lu, Y. Deng, A. J. Park, W. Green, E. Denou, M. A. Silva, A. Santacruz, Y. Sanz, M. G. Surette, E. F. Verdu, S. M. Collins, P. Bercik. Microbiota and host determinants of behavioural phenotype in maternally separated mice. Nature Communications, 2015; 6: 7735 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8735

This study is the first to explore the role
of intestinal microbiota in the altered behavior that is a consequence
of early life stress.
Credit: © Martinan / Fotolia


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