Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Glykon

Glykon (Glycon), is a little-known snake god whose worship dates back to the second century.

Appearance: A serpent with the head of a human being, complete with long blond hair.

Lore: According to Lucian of Samosato, the cult of Glykon was founded by the false prophet, Alexander of Abonutichus. Lucian was a staunch critic of Alexander, accusing him of performing fraud, as well as leveling the accusation that Glykon was nothing more than (in modern terms) "a glorified sock-puppet".

Alexander of Abonutichus claimed to have received a divine revelation that a new incarnation of the god Asclepius would be born on earth, and proceeded to stage an act in which the god Glykon was hatched out of an egg. The newborn god was believed to have quickly reached maturity not long afterwards.

Powers: Glykon was considered an oracular deity, being able to send omens of the future, as well as bestow knowledge of future events. Other powers associated with Glykon are the bestowing of fertility and of the prevention of plague.

Glykon In Culture: Author and Comic writer Alan Moore (of Watchmen fame), is a self-professed worshipper of the god Glykon, as well as being a practicing Occultist.

According to Historian Jona Lendering, locals of the Turkish town of Inebolu, the once sacred city of Glykon and formerly known as Ionopolis, continued to spread tales of magical snakes living in the area as last as the 1970s.

Trivia: According to Alan Moore, the name "Glykon" means "Sweetie".

GLYKON

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