Hermes in India

The use of the caduceus of Hermes as a symbol of the medical profession was the subject of Walter Friedlander’s book “The Golden Wand of Medicine” and a previous post, Hermes Trismegistus and American Healthcare. Friedlander posed many questions about the use of this symbol and its adoption in the United States in 1917. The…

Cain, Abel and the Hindu Pantheon

I should explain the reference to Cain that was in the first version of the [intlink id=”6″ type=”post”]Patriarchy[/intlink] article, and which I left out of this version. I wrote that in the Old Testament story Cain sinned because he forced the ground, which was how it was presented in “Mythology Among the Hebrews.” At the time…

Western Patriarchy

This was written for the Wikipedia article.  Much of it was deleted in a dispute.   Patriarchy is a social system in which the father or eldest male is head of the household, having authority over women and children. Patriarchy also refers to a system of government by males, and to the dominance of men…