Mythological Bowls

SBCV Logo webAre you gearing up for the Super Bowl Challenge? Here are some bowls out of mythology to help inspire you for the 2013 SBC.

      • Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Aesculapius. Aesculapius’ symbol is his rod, with a snake twined around it; correspondingly, Hygieia’s symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above its bowl.
      • Sigyn’s Bowl – In Norse mythology Loki is captured by the other gods and bound in a cave with a snake constantly dripping venom on him. His wife, Sigyn, stays behind holding a bowl there to catch the venom. Unfortunately, it still drips on Loki every time she needs to empty the bowl.
      • Singing Bowls– Technically standing bells, singing bowls were historically made throughout Asia, especially Nepal, China and Japan. Antique singing bowls produce harmonic overtones creating an effect that is unique to the instrument. The subtle yet complex multiple harmonic frequencies are a special quality caused by variations in the shape of the hand made singing bowls. (OK, these aren’t mythological, but they are used in some Buddhist practices, so I included them anyway.)
Gundestrupkarret (the Gundestrup Cauldron). Th...
Gundestrupkarret (the Gundestrup Cauldron). The celtic style cauldron can be seen at display at the National Museum (Nationalmuseet) in Denmark.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
        • Cauldron of Plenty – One of the four treasure of the Tuatha Dé Danann of Irish myth was a cauldron (it’s like a bowl…) of plenty that would satisfy any number of people. There was also a Cauldron of Regeneration in both Irish and Welsh myth that would restore life to those who were placed inside.
        • Huehuetéotl – One of the Aztec gods of fire, he is often shown depicted with a bowl of fire (or a brazier) on his head. He is also the god that they would sacrifice humans to by cutting out their heart and then throwing them into a huge fire pit…
        • Helios – The sun god in Greek/Roman mythology would ride his chariot across the sky during the day, and then float back to the east in a golden bowl during the night.

Hopefully something in there inspired you. Hopefully it wasn’t the bit about human sacrifice (hehe.) Remember that the Super Bowl Challenge is on February 3rd and start planning your bowl now.

2 thoughts on “Mythological Bowls

  1. Great post with amazing information.
    BUT How about some other “bowls” – The Dust Bowl, Lawn Bowles (as in bowling), Quiz-Bowls, the Bole (unit), a unit of momentum and of course THE BOWL (part of a flush toilet). There are many more that would be homonyms and puns but I will stop here.


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