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Name Pandora

Name Pandora`s page # 4600. Gender feminine

Name Pandora backwards (ananym): Arodnap

Meaning of the name Pandora

Greek name (Πανδώρα), derived from (παν) [pan] - "all, every" + (δώρο) [doro] - "gift"="all-gifted, all-endowed".

Pandora was the first woman created by Athena and Hephaestus. As Hesiod related it, each God helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mould her out of earth as part of the punishment of mankind for Prometheus' theft of the secret of fire, and all the gods joined in offering her "seductive gifts". Her other name, inscribed against her figure on a white-ground kylix in the British Museum, is Anesidora, "she who sends up gifts" up implying "from below" within the earth. According to the myth, Pandora opened a jar (pithos), in modern accounts sometimes mistranslated as "Pandora's box" (see below), releasing all the evils of mankind- although the particular evils, aside from plagues and diseases, are not specified in detail by Hesiod - leaving only Hope inside once she had closed it again. She opened the jar out of simple curiosity and not as a malicious act.


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