To all women out there, have a peaceful international women’s day 2014.
By Margareth Osju
When I create this illustration I had Cassandra in mind. Who was Cassandra? From Wikipedia.
In Greek mythology, Cassandra (Greek Κασσάνδρα, also Κασάνδρα; ), also known as Alexandra or Kassandra, was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Her name means ‘she who entangles men’ in Greek. She had the power of prophecy and the curse of never being believed. A common version of her story is that Apollo gave her the power of prophecy to seduce her, and then cursed her when he failed. In an alternate version, she fell asleep in a temple, and snakes licked (or whispered in) her ears so that she was able to hear the future (this is a recurring theme in Greek mythology, though sometimes it brings an ability to understand the language of animals rather than an ability to know the future). When Cassandra refused Apollo’s attempted seduction, he gave her the curse of never being believed.