Pandora's vessel was not a box but a honey-vase, pithos, from which she poured out blessings: a womb symbol like the Cornucopia, anciently used as a vessel of death and rebirth.  Pandora's Vase became Pandora's Box only in the late medieval period, when Erasmus mistakenly translated pithos as pyxis

Hesiod claimed Zeus sent Pandora to earth to punish men, who had offended him.  She bore a vase filled not with blessings but with curses:  strife, death, sickness, and all other afflictions.  Pandora in her curiosity opened the vase, as Zeus knew she would, and released them among men.  In a refinement of cruelty, Zeus also supplied delusive hope to prevent men from killing themselves in despair and escaping the full impact of suffering their Heavenly Father intended for them.  The basic theme is also familiar in the myth of Eve.

Hesiod's story was further adapted to the legend of King Solomon, who was said to keep a horde of demons in a vase.  After his death, greedy men broke the vase in seeking treasure and let the demons out into the world.



Mythology has always fascinated me.  This interest, combined with a flare for the dramatic, inspired me to do this page. 

According to myth, Pandora was the first woman to be  personified in an anti-feminist fable  by Hesiod, who tried to blame war, death, disease, and all other ills on women.

Once someone or something has been labeled it is very difficult to reverse the impact it was intended to make. Unfortunately, this occurs frequently - with a diagnosis, a character trait in someone,  a misunderstanding of motivation, etc. I think the Pandora myth reflects human nature when it is lacking integrity and is an excellent example of why we should not jump to conclusions about someone or something.  We should always try to discern the motivation behind the "labeling" and discriminate what is truth from what is someone's endeavor to  justify their  vindictiveness, prejudice and/or ignorance.  It is each person's responsibility to avail himself of the truth before accepting another's myth.