Asclepius
Asclepius
AsclepiusIcon.JPG Asclepius is the son of Apollo and was so learned in medicine that he discovered a method of bringing the dead back to life. Zeus smote him with a thunderbolt in order to restore the balance of the universe but Asclepius had figured out too many divine secrets to settle quietly down in Hades. These days, he passes his time as the self-professed Saviour of Man, bringing healing and prophetic dreams to those who go spend the night in his sanctuaries. Sexual union with his priests is said to improve one's chances, though it's only his priests who say it. Asclepius.jpg

Common History

Asclepius is a hero and god of medicine in Colonial mythology and represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia (personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (recuperation from illness), Aceso (the healing process), Aglæa/Ægle (the glow of good health), and Panacea (the universal remedy). He was one of Apollo's sons, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean ("the Healer"). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today. Those physicians and attendants who served this god were known as the Therapeutae of Asclepius. The most famous temple of Asclepius was at Epidaurus in north-eastern Leonis. Another famous healing temple (or asclepieion) was built approximately a century later on the island of Kos, where Hippocrates, the legendary "father of medicine", may have begun his career. Other asclepieia were situated in throughout the Colonies.

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Common Rituals

At the founding of each new temple to Asclepious throughout the colonies, a particular species of non-venomous snake was introduced to the site. In some cases this was merely a ceremonial act, a snake, or a representation of such, was carried around the temple during the sanctification ceremony, but then removed, but on others they were introduced and allowed to slither around freely on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept.

Cults and Sects

Ritual purification would be followed by offerings or sacrifices, and the supplicant would then spend the night in the holiest part of the sanctuary – the abaton (or adyton). Any dreams or visions would be reported to a priest who would prescribe the appropriate therapy by a process of interpretation.

Hymn

I begin to sing of Asclepius, son of Apollo and healer of sicknesses.
In the Dotian plain fair Coronis, daughter of King Phlegyas, bare him,
A great joy to men, a soother of cruel pangs.
And so hail to you, lord: in my song
I make my prayer to thee!

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