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Pronunciation : uh-RAK-nee

(Greek Mortal) ARACHNE

An awesome big mouthed weave meister who learned the hard way not to offend the Gods.

She could weave alright, nymphs and all manner of creatures would travel from miles around to see her in action. But one innocent comment was taken completely out of context and she saw a bit of red mist.

"Oooh, she's quite good isn't she, this Arachne. She must've done an apprenticeship under the great Goddess of weaving herself, Athena" said one of those present.

"Who the hell is Athena?" snapped Arachne, "I'd bury her in a jiffy".

Now, Athena had overheard these remarks but turned up as an old hag to give Arachne a chance to redeem herself.

"You should be careful what you say missy, you don't want to be incurring the Gods wrath."

"Up yours Krone!" barked Arachne, and her motor mouth sped off once again, claiming Athena was no match.

So the stage was set for a spin-off to end all spin-offs but no-one really knows who actually won the contest. What we do know is Gods will be Gods and Athena was going to have the last word no matter what. She ripped the mortals work to shreds then drilled the enormity of her shameful actions into her head. Not literally though, she merely touched Arachne's forhead and the shame flooded in.

What Arachne did next was a bolt from the blue, and even Athena didn't expect her to take such drastic measures, after all she hadn't even been declared the loser. Riddled with guilt Arachne hung herself from a nearby tree, but the slightly shocked Goddess reincarnated her in the form of a spider so she could carry on spinning her yarns.

At least spiders can't talk so things couldn't get any worse.
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'ARACHNE' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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