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The beautiful goddess, Athena

southern greece, United States

In a small town in Southern Greece there lived a beautiful goddess named Athena. She was the goddess of wisdom, skill and weaving. Then there once lived a beautiful maid named Arachne. She was very conceited and believed she was the best in everything she did, and no one could do better than her. Arachne enjoyed weaving also, so she took it upon herself to say that she could weave better than Athena.

When Athena heard those competitive words, she disguised herself as a old lady, and appeared in front of Arachne, and said "My dear, I am old and have much experience from life, so let me give you one advice: don’t ever mess up with a goddess! No mortal can compete against Athena. Take back your words and kindly ask for forgiveness."

Arachne got furious and threw the thread against the old woman, telling her: "I don’t need your advice, I know best what I can do! If Athena really dares, then she should come here and compete against me!" Once Arachne made her statement Athena immediately transformed from the old lady.

Soon the competition started and both contestants were doing really well. Athena was weaving the Parthenon and her contest with god Poseidon. On the other hand, Arachne was making fun of the gods by weaving scenes of gods full of weaknesses and fears. Arachne’s work seemed to be perfect technically, yet it was not beautiful because it was showing disregard of the gods. When she saw this, Athena became very offended and told Arachne: "You may be foolish and stubborn, but you seem to love your work. So why don’t you go ahead and spin forever!"

Immediately, Athena sprinkled her with the juice of magical herbs and the body of Arachne transformed into a small and ugly animal, which nowadays is known as the spider. (the spider is cursed to be trapped inside her own web, weaving constantly and endlessly)

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