Wintersturmer on Prometheus/Pandora/Epimetheus

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Wintersturmer on Prometheus/Pandora/Epimetheus

Post by alberich00 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:09 am

Wintersturmer emailed me this query on 11/2/2021:

Pardon the pun: this missive is to inquire if RW had any comments on Epimetheus, and if this myth has any relevance in the Ring. I suppose that one could consider his wife, Pandora and her evil-filled jar, as an embodiment of the Fall (the advent of consciousness and awareness of the harshness of Nature), and her curiosity (collection of knowledge) is the Curse that drives mankind to the endless, unsated gathering of the Hoard of worldly knowledge. But Epimetheus himself? Difficult to say: he seems to operate for the moment, with no thought on the consequences of his actions...sorta like a Rhinemaiden...

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Re: Wintersturmer on Prometheus/Pandora/Epimetheus

Post by alberich00 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:10 am

My response:

Dear Wintersturmer:

Yes, I've always considered Prometheus (foresight), Pandora (Eve's guilty curiosity), and Epimetheus (afterthought) as three aspects of the same thing, the Fall understood as a metaphor for the gift, and curse, of human consciousness, but I can't recall Wagner mentioning Epimetheus, or even Pandora.
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