northanger (northanger) wrote,
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Philomela

newscaster voiceover as angry people yell silently at the camera ... what did that remind me of? Philomela. but in this case, no food, no water, no compassion, no solidarity, no magnanimity.

no needle, no thread.

Philomela :: The older and better known Philomela was a daughter of Pandion I, King of Athens and Zeuxippe. She was also a sister of Procne. Tereus, Procne's husband, loved Philomela. He raped her, cut her tongue out and held her captive so she could never tell anyone. Philomela wove a tapestry that told her story and gave it to Procne. In revenge, Procne killed her son by Tereus, Itys, and fed him to Tereus unknowingly. Tereus tried to kill the sisters but all three were changed by the Olympic Gods into birds: Tereus was a hoopoe; Philomela was a swallow; Procne was a nightingale whose song is a song of mourning for her son Itys.

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