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Hi sensei I'm anime095 but you can call me Leigh, sensei I'm really interested in mythology, can you tell me the story of when Oedipus killed his father(Laius) and married his mother(Jocasta)???
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I'm interested in this story to sensei
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sure..here goes the story..

Oedipus,meaning was a mythical Greek king of Thebes. His name (Oedipus) means swollen-footed. He fulfilled a prophecy that said he would kill his father and marry his mother, and thus brought disaster on his city and family. This legend has been retold in many versions, and of course which we do not know which the the real.

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Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta. Even before Oedipus was born, he was prophesied that he would murder his own father. Knowing this, Laius tried to aviod it by giving away Oedipus to a herdsman and told him to kill Oedipus. The herdsman felt pity and yet feared to diobey, gave Oedipus to another herdsman. He tied Oedipus' feet together and pierced them with a stake causing him to have a swollen foot permanently (the meaning of his name [see above, before the story] ). Then the herdsman took Oedipus to his master, Polybus, the king or Corinth, who adopted him as his own son.
Many years later, Oedipus is told that he is not the real son of Polybus. To confirm this, Oedipus seeks help from an oracle. The oracle told him that he is destined to kill his father and the mate with his mother (= ="). In his attempt to evade the dictates of the oracle, he decided to flee from home ( from Polybus) to Thebes on the other side of the mountains.
As Oedipus was traveling by horse to Thebes, be came to a crossroad. Then he met a chariot, which, unbeknownst to him, was driven by Laius, his true father. A dispute arose over right away, and Oedipus killed Laius. Continueing his journey, Oedipus encountered the Sphinx, who stopped any traveler and asked him a riddle that none had yet to been able to solve. If the traveler failed to answer the question, he will be eaten by the Sphinx. The riddle was: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?" The answer was "man". Oedipus solved the riddle and the Sphinx threw herself to death. The gratitude of the Thebans led them to appoint Oedipus as their king. Oedipus was then given the widow, Jocasta (who was also his own mother) as his wife. Over the years, Oedipus and Jocasta had four children - two sons (Plonices and Eteocles) and two daughters (Antigone and Ismene).
Many years later, a plague struck the city of Thebes. oedipus, with his typical hubris, asserted that he could and would end up the plague. he sent Creon, Jocasta's brother to the Oracle at Delphi to seek guidance and finds that the murderer of Laius must be found and either killed or exiled. In a searched for the identity or the killer, Oedipus sends for the blind prophet, Tiresias, who warns him not to try to find the killer. In an angry exchange, Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the killer ans suggest that he is living in shame and doesnt know who his real parents were. Undaunted, Oedipus continues his search. When a messenger arrives with the news that Polybus is dead, Oedipus still worries that he will mate with his mother (when he already mated long time ago with her -.-). The messenger reassures him with the news that he is adopted. Jocasta then realized who Oedipus is and killed herself in the palace. Oedipus seeks verification of the messenger's story from the very ame herdsman who left Oedipus to die as a baby. From that, he learns that the infant raised as the adopted son of Polybus and Merope was the son of Laius and Jocasta. Thus, Oedipus sees that at the crossroads, he had killed his own father and then married his own mother, Jocasta.
Oedipus go in search of Jocasta and found out that she had killed herself. Taking the brooches from her gown, Oedipus blinds himself. Bleeding from the eyes, he begs Creon, who has just arrived on the scene, to exile him forever from Thebes. Creon agrees to this request, but when Oedipus begs to have his two daughters Antigone and Ismene sent with him, Creon refuses, condemning him instead to wander alone and in darkness throughout the land for the rest of his life. He leaves the city, and his daughter Antigone acts as his guide as he wanders blindly through the country.
In Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus becomes a wanderer, pursued by Creon and his men. He finally finds refuge at the holy wilderness right outside of Athens, where it is said that Theseus, its king, took care of him and his daughter, Antigone. Creon eventually catches up to Oedipus. He asks Oedipus to come back from Colonus to bless his son, Eteocles. Angry that his son did not care for him enough to take care of him, he curses both Eteocles and brother, condemning to sudden deaths. He died a peaceful death and his grave is said to be sacred to the gods.
Oedipus' two sons, Eteocles and Polynices arranged to share the kingdom, each to take an alternating one year reign. But Eteocles refused to give up his kingship after his year was up. Polynices then brought in an army and a battle ensued. At the end of the battle, the brothers killed each other. Jocasta's brother, Creon then took the throne. He decided that Polynices was the "traitor" and should not be buried.
Defying his edict, Antigone did attempt to bury her brother. Creon decreed that she was to be put into a stone box in the ground, this in spite of her betrothal to his son Haemon( Haemon loves Antigone). Antigone's sister, Ismene, then declared she had aided Antigone and wanted the same fate. The gods, through the blind prophet Tiresias, expressed their disapproval of Creon's decision, which convinced him to rescind his order, and he went to bury Polynices himself. However, Antigone had already hanged herself rather than be buried alive. When Creon arrived at the tomb where she was to be interred, Haemon attacked him and then killed himself. When Creon's wife, Eurydice, was informed of their deaths, she too took her own life.

sorry that i didnt update so much cause i have my examination last week. and sooo sorry anime095 that i made you wait sooo long..i'm very sorry.
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Hi sensei I'm anime095 but you can call me Leigh, sensei I'm really interested in mythology, can you tell me the story of when Oedipus killed his father(Laius) and married his mother(Jocasta)???


just to inform you that i've post the story, so you can read it here. sorry for making you wait so long.
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I'm interested in this story to sensei


sorry to make you wait. i've posted the story here just in case you havent notice it. sorry again
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anime095 wrote:

Hi sensei I'm anime095 but you can call me Leigh, sensei I'm really interested in mythology, can you tell me the story of when Oedipus killed his father(Laius) and married his mother(Jocasta)???


just to inform you that i've post the story, so you can read it here. sorry for making you wait so long.


Arigatou sensei
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khaixin93 wrote:


anime095 wrote:

Hi sensei I'm anime095 but you can call me Leigh, sensei I'm really interested in mythology, can you tell me the story of when Oedipus killed his father(Laius) and married his mother(Jocasta)???


just to inform you that i've post the story, so you can read it here. sorry for making you wait so long.


Arigatou sensei


you're welcome^^
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sorry to make you wait. i've posted the story here just in case you havent notice it. sorry again


There is no need to say that. I'm the tardy one, I couldn't log in for a month.
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sorry to make you wait. i've posted the story here just in case you havent notice it. sorry again


There is no need to say that. I'm the tardy one, I couldn't log in for a month.


LOL..never mind..i hardly check here last time since i felt that there is no one here..but then later when i chek into all my groups i was quite surprised that i quickly type in the story and inform both of you..XD..im soo sorry..
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Hello sensei! :)


know any japanese myths?......like what is a pipe fox? or the name of the sun goddess?
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Hello sensei! :)


know any japanese myths?......like what is a pipe fox? or the name of the sun goddess?


hi^^
nice to meet you^^
you're a new student here eh?
welcome to this class then =)
sure..i should know some since im the sensei here XD
pipe fox is said to be used as fox familiars
(they are often described but its only from the book people created..so no one really know how they look like)
and the name of the sun goddess is Amaterasu
anything you still want to know? =)
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Two questions sensei; one can we submit some myths, and two is it alright if they are a little new (1700's and older)?
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Two questions sensei; one can we submit some myths, and two is it alright if they are a little new (1700's and older)?


haha^^
sure..
though i hadnt been giving homeworks..
but you can do some searching yourself..
post it in if you think it is interesting and you wanted to share it with others..
its generous to let others learn what you've known right? =)
and myth doesnt count from their ages, either new or old, if its interesting, its a good one..
if you feel that it is a good one, why not post it up?
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Wow, it's been another month without posts so here's Scottish legend:

St. Monire of Crathie was a celtic missionary. His dream was to preach to the wild people of Western Aberdeenshire. So in his old age he traveled out to the hamlet of Auchendryne as it was a bastion of paganism. It had been many days before he reached the town. As he entered a pagan priest and a mob of people met him at the outskirts of town. The preist asked the missionary what he was doing there. When he had stated his purpose the priest, the priest had no intention of allowing him to stay and rose the mob against him by say that the missionary was an evil spirit who was go to curse and destroy the village. The villagers soon set to stone him out of town an drove him to the high bank of the Dee river. Word had preceded the missionary that he was an evil spirit so that no one would allow him to take refuge and was forced to wander the slopes of Creag a' Chait. The next he staggered into the heather, due to hunger and thirst, and began to pray. As he finished his prayer he heard the bubbling of a spring and started to walk toward it. When he had quenched his thirst he praised God and blessed the spring in the name of the Virgin Mary and sat down to enjoy the lovely morning and the soonds of the Connie Falls. Suddenly he felt a disturbing presence, he turned around and there was the pagan priest. The priest grabbed a handful of mud and threw it at the mouth of the spring ang cursed it in the name of his pagan gods for it had served this "evil spirit" causing it to stop flowing. At this the missionary rose and said the the spring could not be cursed as he had already blessed it in the name of the Virgin Mary. As he said this the spring began to bubble again. The pagan priest was so astounded that he took the missionary back to Auchendryne to preach to the people and helped him in the task. In the year 824 AD St. Monire died but befor doing so had built a church on the knoll between the Lebhal and Rhynabaich and another in Balvenie, Banffshire. After his death the people named a deep pool on the Dee not far from Balmoral Castle- Polmanaire. the spring he blessed is still giving clear water to a well on the slopes of Carn na' Moine named Tobar Mhoire, the Well of Mary
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Wow, it's been another month without posts so here's Scottish legend:

St. Monire of Crathie was a celtic missionary. His dream was to preach to the wild people of Western Aberdeenshire. So in his old age he traveled out to the hamlet of Auchendryne as it was a bastion of paganism. It had been many days before he reached the town. As he entered a pagan priest and a mob of people met him at the outskirts of town. The preist asked the missionary what he was doing there. When he had stated his purpose the priest, the priest had no intention of allowing him to stay and rose the mob against him by say that the missionary was an evil spirit who was go to curse and destroy the village. The villagers soon set to stone him out of town an drove him to the high bank of the Dee river. Word had preceded the missionary that he was an evil spirit so that no one would allow him to take refuge and was forced to wander the slopes of Creag a' Chait. The next he staggered into the heather, due to hunger and thirst, and began to pray. As he finished his prayer he heard the bubbling of a spring and started to walk toward it. When he had quenched his thirst he praised God and blessed the spring in the name of the Virgin Mary and sat down to enjoy the lovely morning and the soonds of the Connie Falls. Suddenly he felt a disturbing presence, he turned around and there was the pagan priest. The priest grabbed a handful of mud and threw it at the mouth of the spring ang cursed it in the name of his pagan gods for it had served this "evil spirit" causing it to stop flowing. At this the missionary rose and said the the spring could not be cursed as he had already blessed it in the name of the Virgin Mary. As he said this the spring began to bubble again. The pagan priest was so astounded that he took the missionary back to Auchendryne to preach to the people and helped him in the task. In the year 824 AD St. Monire died but befor doing so had built a church on the knoll between the Lebhal and Rhynabaich and another in Balvenie, Banffshire. After his death the people named a deep pool on the Dee not far from Balmoral Castle- Polmanaire. the spring he blessed is still giving clear water to a well on the slopes of Carn na' Moine named Tobar Mhoire, the Well of Mary


well done! a very good one^^ people learn from their mistakes..and this story clearly teach them that =)
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