He Does Not Know The Sufferings That Await Him

Cassandra’s prophesy speaking about the fate of Odysseus when he is fighting against Troy, “Unhappy man, Odysseus does not know what sufferings await him.
The day will come when he will look back on my sufferings and the sufferings of the Phrygians as a golden age.
When he has added ten years to the ten years he has spent here he will arrive at home alone.
He will come first to the narrow passage between cliffs where dread Charybdis dwells.
I see the Cyclops, a mountain cannibal.
I see Ligurian Circe, who transforms men into pigs.
I see shipwrecks on the salt sea, the craving for the lotus, the sacred cattle of the Sun God whose bleeding flesh will one day sing a bitter song that will make Odysseus’ flesh crawl.”

The Greek myth of Cassandra tells how she was cursed to utter prophecies which were true but which no one believed. Apollo was struck by her beauty, so tried to seduce her, by giving her the power of prophecy, but she refused him, so he spat into her mouth to inflict a curse that nobody would ever believe her prophecies.  Cassandra a princess of Troy never seemed to have anything good to say being a prophetess of disaster and the harbinger of doom.  The Trojan people mostly laughed at her and called her mad, and she was keep locked up in her room where she would not disturb others.  She continued to warn her people that their land was doomed, that trouble was coming and it did happen when her long-lost brother Paris showed up.  Cassandra knew that Troy would be destroyed and that her brother Hector would be killed, and she tried with all her heart to warn the Trojans not to bring the horse inside the walls of Troy, but again she was ignored.  After Troy fell, Cassandra was taken by Agamemnon back to his home, and although she warned him about plots from his wife Clytemnestra on his life, he paid no attention and they both ended up getting murdered by his wife and her lover.

Odysseus, the hero of Greek mythology and the star of both the Iliad and the Odyssey, was known for being a great warrior.  His actions during the Trojan War, which were covered in the Iliad, helped the Greeks emerge from that conflict as the victors.  After the Trojan War was over, Odysseus and his men headed home.  This journey, which was covered in the Odyssey, was fraught with difficulties and took a total of ten years.  During Odysseus’ journey home, he and his men encountered a terrible storm, which incidentally was started by Poseidon.  To avoid the storm they landed their ship next to a mysterious island where they found a cave that was filled with extremely large sheep.  Excited at their good fortune, they slaughtered the animals and prepared a feast.

This cave unfortunately belonged to Polyphemus a Cyclops and when he found out that Odysseus had eaten his food, he wasn’t happy. He prevented Odysseus and his men from leaving the cave by blocking the entrance.  Then, he informed them that since they ate his food, he’d slowly eat them.  Seeing that his crew was in trouble, Odysseus gave the Cyclops wine, which put him in a drug-induced slumber.  When he fell asleep, Odysseus blinded him before he and his remaining crew members snuck out.  As Odysseus was leaving the island of the Cyclops behind, he mocked and talked down to Polyphemus and accused him of being impious.  Poseidon was not happy to learn that his son had suffered, and this made him hate Odysseus and although he cannot kill Odysseus, as it is his destiny to return home, he makes every effort to make Odysseus suffer.

Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday – August 1 prompt.

6 thoughts on “He Does Not Know The Sufferings That Await Him

  1. There are various mythologies I think Chinese, Japanese and Indian along with Greek are woven fantastically. Jatakas are the best story telling ways of the Buddhists.

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