Olympic Mascots-PT 1 of 2
The ancient Olympics were held every 4-5 years for over 4,000 years, (well actually farther back than this), in Olympia, with one sport in the beginning but eventually more were added over time. The first (known) 13 Games, the competition consisted of a single foot race. Then, in 393 A.D., a Christian emperor abolished the Games throughout the Roman Empire due to their pagan nature. It wasn’t until 1896, that a French aristocrat revived them, which is why they’re often called the modern Games today.
The French historian and educator, Baron Pierre de Coubertin had a large influence in the regenerated Games, spearheading a number of major traditions, including the Olympic flag with its iconic rings. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents, and are interconnected to show the friendships which resulted from these international competitions. The first Olympic Games of the Modern Era were held in Athens, Greece. This is because they strongly believed in the demi-gods which gave us these events. Only 13 countries participated in de Coubertin’s first modern Games. The entire U.S. Olympic consisted of 13 men with a total of 311 athletes, all male. (NOTICE THE “13” THEME?) Later games in the 20th Century (in Chamonix, France) held 13 events with 281 males & 13 females!
The medals must be at least 66 millimeters in diameter and 3 millimeters thick! The top athletes were given ‘olive branches’ and a silver medal, while the second place got a bronze medal. Third place received nothing. It wasn’t until 1900 that the winners received paintings because the French considered them more valuable. But then in 1904, the medals we see now originated and the rest is history.
“Immortal spirit of antiquity
Father of the true, beautiful and good
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under the sky
Which has fits witnessed by unperishable fame.
“Give life and animation to those noble Games
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in the strife
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel.
“In thy light, plains, mountains and seas
Shine in a roseate hue and for a vast temple
To which nations throng to adore thee
Oh immortal spirit of antiquity.”
The Olympic Flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was reintroduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since.
In contrast to the Olympic flame proper, the torch relay of modern times which transports the flame from Greece to the various designated sites of the games had no ancient precedent and was introduced by Carl Diem at the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Olympic Torch today is ignited several months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror.
The Olympic Torch Relay ends on the day of the opening ceremony in the central stadium of the Games. The final carrier is often kept unannounced until the last moment, and is usually a sports celebrity of the host country. The final bearer of the torch runs towards the cauldron (the fact that it’s a cauldron should strike a nerve too!), often placed at the top of a grand staircase, and then uses the torch to start the flame in the stadium. It is considered a great honor to be asked to light the Olympic Flame. After being lit, the flame continues to burn throughout the Olympics, and is extinguished on the day of the closing ceremony.
In the time of the original games within the boundaries of Olympia, the altar of the sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Hestia maintained a continuous flame (according to the official website of the Olympic Movement 2012). For the ancient Greeks, fire had divine connotations—it was thought to have been stolen from the gods by Prometheus. Therefore, fire was also present at many of the sanctuaries in Olympia, Greece. During the Olympic Games, which honored Zeus, additional fires were lit at his temple and that of his wife, Hera. The modern Olympic flame is ignited at the site where the temple of Hera used to stand.
The Olympic torch travels routes that symbolize human achievement. In 1976 the flame was transmitted from Greece to the New World via satellite. Heat sensors in Greece detected the flame, the signal was sent to Ottawa via satellite and there a laser beam lit the torch. The torch, but not the flame, was taken into space by astronauts in 1996 and 2000.
Paganism began in about 10,000 BC at a time when people were nomadic and had to hunt for their food. The men would then worship the God of the Hunt, the Sun, the horned Stag God and the language of the animals. Around 8000 BC the tribes accidentally discovered agriculture and the need to be nomadic ceased because they now understood the role of males and females in reproduction, and the men now knew their input was essential. Once the tribes ceased to be nomadic and began to grow their own crops and breed their own livestock, they became known as ‘Pagans’, meaning ‘country dweller’.
t was around this time that the image of ‘The Green Man’ came into existence, in the form of a male face surrounded by foliage. This image is still well known in Britain to this day.
The antlers of the Horned God were replaced with goats horns and this later led to such God-forms as the Greco- Roman Horned God ‘Pan’.
- 1968-Summer/Mexico City
Red Jaguar (El Jaguar Rojo)
A Jaguar is said to have the ability to cross between worlds, and for the Maya daytime and nighttime represented two different worlds. The living and the earth are associated with the day, and the spirit world and the ancestors are associated with the night.
Dove (Paloma de la Paz)
Aphrodite was considered Queen of the Sea. The dove was her totem. Totem animals are connected with shamanic teachings.
The Romans sacrificed doves to Venus. Aphrodite was supposedly born from a dove’s egg that fell from heaven into the Euphrates. It hatched and out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian goddess. Hence the egg became one of the symbols of Astarte or Easter, also for Isis.
Doves are known for lust and passion.
The dove (Holy Spirit) is inside of the pagan symbol called the Yoni aka the Female Delta aka the Vulva. To put it terms that are even more blunt, the dove is inside of the feminine #sex symbol. This symbol is considered one of the most important symbols in Paganism.
Also, the dove itself forms a female delta-triangle.
Dachshund dog (Waldi)
A dog is known to the pagans as loyal and protective. Dogs are service-oriented protectors. They symbolize loyalty, friendship, unconditional love, compassion, understanding, need for approval, tracking, companionship, intuition and truth. They are connected to Gula, Belit-ili, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Amenti, Cybelle, Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Celtic Mother Goddesses, Arawn, Nodens, Hel, Odhinn, Saramam, moon goddesses, Quezalcoatl and Xolotl.
A snowman is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture. It can represent a spirit or deity. Remember in the Christmas story, “Frosty, The Snowman”? Well, if you remember correctly, he comes to life!
they are known to be an animal totem to pagans. A builder and gatherer.
- 1980- Winter/Lake Placid
Raccoon (Roni)-Pagans consider them to be a sign of determination. Raccoons symbolize ingenuity, adaptability, generosity, caring for others, benevolence, lack of greed, creativity, playfulness, curiosity, new ideas and new jobs or schooling. They are protectors of those who cannot protect themselves.
Totem animals are connected with shamanic teachings. A symbol of power and adaptability. Bears symbolize healing, divinity, invulnerability, spirit helper, protection, introspection, truth, female receptive energy, prophesy, stamina, harmony, patience, defense, revenge, transformation, intuition, answers from the Dreamworld, benevolence, strength and bravery. They are connected to Artemis, Zeus, Callisto, Dea Artia, Thor, Odhinn, Freya, and Norse lunar water goddesses.
Totem animals are connected with shamanic teachings. A pagan considers them to be a symbol of loyalty, success, and guidance. They believe these animals to be able to shape shift. Wolves symbolize family, teaching, co-operation, insight, stealth, strength, leadership, loyalty, freedom, individuality, psychic energy connected to the moon (hidden wisdom), sharing knowledge and wisdom, cunning, hunting, seeking, introspection, listening, magick, dreams, They are connection to the moon and to Wepwawet, Zeus Lycaeus, Apollo, Ares, Mars, Silvanus, Cernunnos and Odhinn.
- 1984-Summer/Los Angeles
Pagans look at an eagle as a divine spirit which is connected to the creator. Eagles symbolize nobility, clarity of vision, balance between the spirit world and everyday life, the ability to soar above everyday life, lightning, rising above material in search of spiritual, connecting with the spirit world, helpful rain, the warrior spirit, fearlessness, keen vision, war, freedom, majesty, authority, strength, victory and courage. They have a connection to the divine and to the Sun, as well as to Air, Fire and Spirit. They are connected to Ninurta, Marduk, Asshur, Pan, Zeus, Indra, Vishnu, Mithras and Ohdinn.
Two Polar Bear (Hidy & Howdy)
pagans consider this symbol to be of fearlessness and power. Bears symbolize healing, divinity, invulnerability, spirit helper, protection, introspection, truth, female receptive energy, prophesy, stamina, harmony, patience, defense, revenge, transformation, intuition, answers from the Dreamworld, benevolence, strength and bravery. They are connected to Artemis, Zeus, Callisto, Dea Artia, Thor, Odhinn, Freya, and Norse lunar water goddesses.
Tiger (Hodori & Hosuni)
Power and strength are what Pagans believe the Tiger represent. Tigers are quick to act, subtle and inconspicuous.
They symbolize ferocity, royalty, fearlessness, authority, the warrior aspect, and a lack of procrastination and will power. They are connected to Duga, Shiva, Dionysus and Tsai Chen.
Man Star-They are supernatural forces, and are known to be associated with anime.
Snow Imp (Magique)
This is a mischievous devil/demon or fairy/sprite. It is also classified as folklore superstition. It derives from the term ympe, used to denote a young grafted tree. Thought of as an immortal, these beings originated as something evil, but later began to be associated as a prankster, and free spirit. They are known to be familiar spirit servants of witches and warlocks. During the time of the witch hunts, supernatural creatures such as imps were sought out as proof of witchcraft, though often the so called “imp” was typically a black cat, lizard, toad or some other form of uncommon pet. Some believe they are much like a genie, given to grant the owner wishes, the catch being that the owner’s soul would be sent to hell if they didn’t sell the bottle to a new owner before their death.
Cubist style (Cobi)-Dogs are loyal and protective. Dogs are service-oriented protectors. They symbolize loyalty, friendship, unconditional love, compassion, understanding, need for approval, tracking, companionship, intuition and truth. They are connected to Gula, Belit-ili, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Amenti, Cybelle, Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Celtic Mother Goddesses, Arawn, Nodens, Hel, Odhinn, Saramam, moon goddesses, Quezalcoatl and Xolotl.
Norwegian children dressed in Viking clothing Hakon & Kristin)
They depicted as Birkebeiner children, bearing the names of the son and daughter of king Sverre. (Old Norse) Sverre was the King of Norway from 1177 to 1202.
Old Norse is a N. German language spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and oversea settlements during the Viking age. Speakers of Old East Norse have said Swedes, Norwegians, Icelanders and Danes spoke the same language. They mostly worshiped the Sun god. This is because they all come from the same bloodlines. The Tribe of Dan is said to be the black sheep of the Tribes of Israel, and this is because their blood was mixed from the giants/fallen angels.