Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Myths, folklore, & symbolism
Lameness: It is an expression of weakness or woundedness. Like blindness, lameness or limping can be symbolic of spiritual inadequacy. However, like blindness, being one-eyed, or having a humpback, lameness also can allude to unusual abilities in specific realms (as in the case of witches, magicians, and fire gods, e.g., Hephaestus). In Greek mythology lameness is a punishment of the gods for disobedience (Hephaestus limps because he sided with his mother, Hera, against his father, Zeus). According to folk belief, the Devil is lame on one foot because his fall from heaven was his own fault. (Herder)

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