"Hermes: Magician, Messenger, and Guitar God"

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This article presents the many-faceted transformations of the figure of Hermes in Ancient Greece, late-ancient Egypt, and the Muslim world. Hermes is a messenger, inventor of the kithara (the ancestor of the guitar), magician, and mystical master (in the Sufi tradition). This article delineates these multiple functions and suggests a unifying thread among them in the Great Work of transformation and the art of communication essential to that transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationPeer-Reviewed "Folkroots" Section of Realms of Fantasy
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010


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