Thursday, April 07, 2005

Controversy over Goddess statue

Women, Hebe in spotlight at museum
The News-Review - 7th April 2005
The inclusion of another figure in the exhibit, though, has caused some controversy in recent months. Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, was included because she is a part of Roseburg's history.

A drinking fountain bearing her image was constructed in the early 1900s and installed on the corner of Cass Avenue and Main Street in Roseburg. The fountain was destroyed in 1912 by a runaway wagon.

McLaughlin said Hebe's original purpose was to encourage people to drink water over alcohol. However, some people are against her because she is perceived as a pagan symbol. Because of the public outcry, the Douglas County Commissioners originally vetoed her inclusion in the exhibit. They later reversed their decision.

"Hebe has always been cloaked in controversy," McLaughlin said. "She has always made people think. How exciting is that, to get people to talk to one another and think?"

via The Pagan Prattle


Rori said...

Oh for fuck's sake.

If we are banning Pagan symbols, I guess the Christmas tree better go.

Creatrix (aka Jennifer) said...

This annoys me. I'm glad they decided to include the statue. Rah, all those that helped in that.

Please pinch me hard if I get lazy and start to gobble down some "truth" that's handed to me instead of finding it myself. Or a good proverbial "kick in the ass" would work well too. :)