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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. 1 POSEIDON Poseidon was the Greek god of all flowing waters. He lived in the sea and rode over the waves in a chariot drawn by brazen-hoofed horses. Giant waves smooth- ed out as he approached, while sea monsters recog- nized him and frolicked around his chariot. He gen- erally yoked the horses to the chariot without the help from others, but occasion- ally he .was assisted by the Nereid Amphitrite (a sea nymph) who was his wife. Most of the time was spent in the sea, however, when the gods assembled at Olympus he appeared there in person. This god is credited with building the walls around Troy for King Leomedon, the founder of that city. A period of labor for wages was or- dered because of Poseidon's participation in a conspiracy against Zeus. Later the king refused to pay the wages that were promised, and in con- sequence, a sea monster was sent by the sea god to ravage the land, and to de- vour the king's daughter. & Family BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR- DISTRICT 1 from AARON MICHLEWITZ STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3 j om Congressman MIKE CAPUANO Hercules just happened to be passing through the area and saved the beautiful prin- cess by killing the monster. Poseidon continued to bear a relentless hatred for the Trojans and sided with the Greeks later, in their war against Troy. At times he stood off and witnessed the fighting as a spectator from the high ground at Thrace, and at other times he ap- peared as a mortal to en- courage the Greeks while Zeus was helping the Tro- jans. As the ruler of the sea, Poseidon had the power to cause clouds to appear and storms to form, or he could have granted a safe voyage to help those who were in troubled waters. At one time he argued with the goddess Athena over which of them should offer a name for the capitol of Attica (Athens). The gods decided that the honor be reserved for which- ever of the two bestowed upon mankind the most useful gift. It was at this time that Poseidon created the horse. while Athena created the ol- ive tree, and of course, we all know that Athena won. Poseidon is credited with teaching men, the art of han- dling horsed :by the bridle and also for being the origi- nator of horse racing. This is why he is sometimes rep~ resented on horseback. The symbol of his power is the tri- dent (a spear with three points). This is the instru- ment that he used when he created or subdued storms. shattered rocks or even shook the earth. This sea god was wor- shipped all over Greece and Southern Italy. Sacrifices to him generally consisted of bulls, wild boars and rams, while horse races and chariot races were often held in his honor. For more than twenty- five hundred years, he has been easily recognized in any artistic representation by his accompanying dolphin, horse or trident. Next Week: Neptune .J-loliday Greetings AI Natale & The Classic Swing Orchestra Gilda (Scrirna) 'asto May She est In Peace Gilda (Scrima) Pasto, 87, of Worcester and a long time'resident of Boston's North End died peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Saturday, December 13, 2014 in the Jewish Healthcare Center. Her husband Mario Pasto predeceased her. Gilda is survived by her loving children: a son James Pasto and his wife Milah, her daughter Lisa Gurney and her husband Daniel of Worcester, three grandchildren, Amaya, Alisa, and Mario. A brother Rev. Claude Scrima OFM of St. Leonard's Church in Boston, and Mary Greco of Wilmington. She was predeceased by two sisters Connie Zarrella and Sylvia Pisano both of Saugus, and a brother Michael Scdma. Gilda was born in Boston, daughter of the late Antonio and Palmina (Uva) Scrima, and lived in the North End of Boston most of her life before moving to Worcester several years ago. Gilda worked at the Lavanderia and also the WaterfrontLaundry for many years before she retired. She loved being at the ocean and was an avid fan of old black and white films, especially musicals. She adored Fred Astaire. One of the highlights of her life was a trip to Italy where she met several of her cousins and found it to be a very peaceful place. However, her most treasured times were those with her grandchildren. Gilda will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Gilda' s funeral was held Wednesday, December 17th, at 10:30AM in St Leonard's Church, Hanover Street, Boston's North End. Contributions may be made in Gilda's memory to the Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.