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We’ve decided to evolve our weekly #WednesdayWord posts on Facebook and Twitter to something a little bit more beefy. As you (most likely) know, each Wednesday, we showcase a creature from mythology (along with some SICKENING art). As of today, we’ll be posting a non-myth #WednesdayWord on our social media sites, and a short and sweet mythological entry here on our blog. We hope you likey!
Let’s get going, then!
Wednesday myth #1: Golems
Golems are anthropomorphic creatures that have gained popularity in fantasy through games such as Diablo, Magic: The Gathering, and (more recently) Dragon Age. However, golems are considered by some to originate from Jewish folklore.
These creatures are mentioned a couple of times in the Bible and the Talmud. However, true to the beautiful nature of Fantasy, they have evolved into beings of considerable strength (although not necessarily considerable intelligence).
There are very few notable golems in World mythology. But fear not! They are there. In Greek mythology the forge god Hephaestus created Talos, a giant man of bronze, who protected Europa on the island of Crete. This bad boy is reminiscent of real-life giant bronze man, the Colossus of Rhodes.
And modern-day golems? Say hello to Libertas, the Roman goddess of Freedom. You’ll probably recognise her by her alias: The Statue of Liberty.
So, who’s your favourite golem? And what material do you think would make the best one? Clay, bone, iron, steel, platinum, obsidian, glass (hey!), diamond?