“Draught of Nectar”

“Does one life across infinite realities equal immortal life?”

Definition/Summary:

Draught

  • British spelling of draft
  • To draw pull or load
  • Beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or keg

Ambrosia “Nectar of the gods”

  • Greek myth ambrosia “immortality” is the food or drink of the Greek gods
  • Gives immortality to whomever consumes it
  • Brought to the gods in Olympus by doves
  • Ambrosia is sometimes depicted in ancient art as distributed by a nymph

Expanded info:

  • Consumption of ambrosia was reserved for divine beings.
  • Heracles was given ambrosia by Athena, while the hero Tydeus is denied the same thing when the goddess discovers him eating human brains.
  • Those who consume ambrosia typically had not blood in their veins, but ichor

Add/Misc:

  • Both nectar and ambrosia are fragrant, and may be used as perfume: in the Odyssey Menelaus and his men are disguised as seals in untanned seal skins,
  • “and the deadly smell of the seal skins vexed us sore; but the goddess saved us; she brought ambrosia and put it under our nostrils. Homer speaks of ambrosial raiment, ambrosial locks of hair, even the gods’ ambrosial sandals.”