King Poseidon


This giant sculpture is of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. (He later was renamed to Neptune to suit Roman allegiances to the gods.) Here, he is labeled as King Poseidon. Surely, it is more apt to call him God Poseidon for, though he was king of the gods, the moniker god is much weightier than that of a king. This statue raised questions in my head. Why is the god of the sea facing land with his back to sea? Why hold a sea turtle over land when it’s nature is water? Why have an ancient Greek god watch over American shores instead of one from local lore, the lore of the aboriginal inhabitants? And most importantly, if a duck floats is it a witch?

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