Creation of men and women

According to Plato, at the beginning of creation, men and women were not as they are now; there was just one being, who was rather short, with a body and a neck, but his head had two faces, looking in different directions. It was as if two creatures had been glued back to back, with two sets of sex organs, four legs and four arms.

The Greek Gods, however, were jealous, because this creature with four arms works harder; with its two faces, it was always vigilant and could not be taken by surprise; and its four legs meant that it could stand or walk for long periods at a time without tiring. Even more dangerous was the fact that the creature had two different sets of sex organs and so needed no one else in order to continue reproducing.

Zeus, the supreme lord of Olympus, said: ‘I have a plan to make these mortals lose some of their strength.’

And he cut the creature in two with a lightning bolt, thus creating man and woman. This greatly increased the population of the world, and, at the same time, disoriented and weakened its inhabitants, because now they had to search for their lost half and embrace it and, in that embrace, regain their former strength, their ability to avoid betrayal and the stamina to walk for long periods of time and to withstand hard work. That embrace in which the two bodies refuse to become one again is what we call sex.

Courtesy: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho; Speech of Aristophanes (Discours d’Aristophane)
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2 thoughts on “Creation of men and women

  1. Its a really good piece of knowledge more than information what your this post talked about. I’ve had no idea that man and woman were one and they were cut into two. The video explains the whole theory really well. I feel its really important for each one of us to find our better half, so that we can share our amazement of love and friendship and intimacy with him/her and we can melt into one another make our souls one, and share in a common fate.


  2. This piece is from the ancient Greek mythology. I assume mythology is same across civilisation. For instance the position of God they always say is above. Video is explanation of Aristophanes’ Speech from Plato’s Symposium. Overall a very well depiction of the verse.
    I must confess that I am getting inclined towards Greek mythology esp. Plato’s work. 🙂


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