Issue #7 – Orpheus & Eurydice

As told by Benjamin Puentedura; Artwork by Kai Shaffer

The people of ancient Greece told stories of the gods, goddesses, and heroes that they worshiped. These stories became known as myths, and they explained why things happened that ancient science couldn’t explain.

Long ago in Greek mythology lived Orpheus, who was the son of two holy people. The Greek God named Apollo was Orpheus’ father, and the muse named Calliope was his mother.

Eurydice was an extremely beautiful wood nymph who was originally very shy by nature; at least until Orpheus sang to her and his enchantingly beautiful song altered the fact that Eurydice was shy, and thus Orpheus & Eurydice got married as a result of Orpheus performing his enchanting music.

Shortly after their wedding, Eurydice was bitten by a venomous snake and was taken to the underworld as a result of her death.  Orpheus begged and pleaded with the gods that they would allow him to bring Eurydice back from the underworld, and they granted him a chance to return her to his arms. Pluto, who was the ruler of the underworld, made a deal with Orpheus & Eurydice that they would be given free passage out of the underworld provided that they never look back behind them on their way out. So the deal was made, and all went very well until Orpheus walked out of the underworld, then looked back at Eurydice. That’s when Pluto said “Sorry Orpheus, deal broken, she’s mine now”. Orpheus was heartbroken by the loss of Eurydice, and was soon killed by a tribe of women from Greece who put his head on a pedestal, after removing it from his body.

Now Orpheus’s severed head sings the song of misery & regret for all eternity.  The moral of this story is: If you make a promise, make sure that you keep it, or you will suffer the consequences.

Painting By Kia Shaffer