Friday ‘Halloween’ Café
Don’t miss this week’s ‘Halloween‘ Café!
The Ghost of Clytemnestra appears.
Ghost Of Clytemnestra
You would sleep! Aha! Yet what need is there of sleepers? 95 Because of you I am dishonored in this way among the other dead; the reproach of those I killed never leaves me while I am among the dead, and I wander in disgrace. I declare to you that I endure much blame [aitiā] because of them. 100 And yet, while I suffer [paskhein] so cruelly from my most philoi, no daimōn has mantis on my behalf, although I was slaughtered at the hands of a matricide. See these gashes in my heart, and from where they came! For the sleeping phrēn is lit up with eyes, 105 but in the daytime it does not see the fate of mortals.
You really have lapped up many of my libations—wineless libations, offerings unmixed with wine for the dead, and I have offered solemn nocturnal banquets upon a hearth of fire at a time [hōrā] not shared with any other god. 110 I see all this trampled under foot. He is gone, escaping like a fawn, lightly like that, from the middle of a place surrounded with snares. He rushed out mocking you. Hear me, since I plead for my psūkhē. 115 Activate your phrenes, goddesses of the underworld! In a dream I, Clytemnestra, am calling you.
Aeschylus Eumenides, Sourcebook
On Tuesday it will be Halloween, and ghosts and witches will own the place. I hope that you won’t meet Clytemnestra’s ghost or the Furies on your way outside.
Are you going to celebrate Halloween? What do you plan to do? Do you have a similar celebration? Do you live in a part of the world where Halloween is unknown? I always found it scary that it is so close to the Remembrance Day of the Departed (aka All Souls’ Day or Día de los Muertos), so I have mixed feelings about this special day. I love the excitement that goes with the search for the perfect disguise, and how children get so feverish in their quest for an original costume. But at the same time it is so commercial, and candies are loaded with calories.
I have a whole range of virtual drinks, snacks or cookies, and there is always good company at the Café. The weather is still abnormally hot, so the terrace is open, and decorated with spider webs, skeletons, and tombs. I have prepared a special lime witches’ brew drink…come and have a sip of this wonderful potion, and do not be afraid—Circe was not present when I mixed the secret ingredients!