11 April 2010


This is the myth associated with Hyacinth.

Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind, Zephyr.
Apollo and Hyacinth took turns at throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, but was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died.
A twist in the tale makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for the death of Hyacinth.
The youth's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo.
Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth.
Apollo did not allow Hades to claim Hyacinth. Instead, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from Hyacinth's spilled blood.
The Greek gods knew how to make a lot of drama and tragedy - but a little flower was created in the end!
De grekiska gudarna kunde skapa mycket drama och tragedi - men det blev en liten blomma till slut!


rajson said...

Vilken lite annorlunda röd färg på denna hyacint. Vackert mot det blå!
Ja, dessa Greker.

Frances said...

Oh thank you for reminding me of this story that I learned so long ago, and forgot.

Hyacinth's fragrance is sublime.

Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ingrid, The story of Hyacinth needs to be retold for I believe that it is so important to keep these myths, such as this Greek one, alive. The pink in the blue container looks most attractive indeed - I do so love the scent of Hyacinths in a drawing room. Lovely.

AgnaDz said...

Piękne! Moja mama kocha hiacynty :)

frauheuberg said...

Wow...This colors are amazing.Really beautiful.Hopefully you had a lovley weekend...a big hug and love...cheers Ines

easygardener said...

I had not heard that story before - but I will remember next time I see a Hyacinth!

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