On the subject of Pseudonyms
My pseudonym is not meant to hide my identity, but is my identity
- By an unknown author.
Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
- Theophile Gautier
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.
― William Shakespeare,
As my immediate family and I never enjoyed seeing our names in print, I thought
it best to create pseudonyms for each of us. I also decided that it was wise to be prudent when writing about people with whom I have developed a belligerent relationship, so their occasional appearances in my story have also been favoured with aliases. As
they say, one must not speak of the devil so as not to attract him. So I never utter the name of those I do not wish to see.
Having decided to use assumed names, I chose them mostly from Greek Mythology.
And my choice of denomination for each person is based on the similarities, from my point of view, between these mythological characters and each of these people in real life.
In an attempt to explain
the beginning of the world in accordance with Greek Mythology I list the primordial deities, who were the first gods and goddesses born from Chaos or Chronos, the personification of time, whereas Gaia, the Earth, gave birth to the Titans who became members
of the second order of beings, who preceded the numerous Olympian characters.
I present my immediate family, and some people closely related to me:
Anastasia Persephone da Cattapreta Luciania Malamos Gouthier – is your author A.L.P. Gouthier’s, as well as the main character and narrator.
Persephone in mythology is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. Each time Persephone returned to Earth marked the start of spring. In this biography, Anastasia
Persephone is the mother of Xena, the warrior princess, and Perseus, a demi god.
It was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink while in the underworld was doomed to spend eternity
there. As Hades gave Persephone pomegranate seeds to eat she was condemned to spend several months of each year in the underworld. During these months Persephone sat on the throne of the netherworld beside her husband Hades.
The Fates were the incarnations of destiny who controlled the threads of the lifestyles of every mortal from birth to death.
Antonio Zeus de Rezende Pereira Luciania – is Anastasia Persephone’s father.
In Greek Mythology Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. His weapon was the thunderbolt, which he hurled at those who displeased him, especially liars, and he used his shield to create storms and tempests. As the ruler of the State
he was the source of kingly power, upholder of institutions and protector of his community, especially the poorest and the less fortunate. He was married, but often tested his wife’s patience as he was infamous for his many affairs.
Clara Demeter Dayrell da Cattapreta Luciânia – is Anastasia Persephone’s mother.
Demeter in the myth is the goddess of the harvest who made the crops grow each year. When her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife, Demeter laid a curse on the earth that caused plants to wither. Zeus, alarmed,
sought Persephone's return. It was therefore decreed that Persephone would only spend part of each year in the underworld, and during these months Demeter withdrew her gifts from the world, causing Earth to cool, thus creating winter. And Persephone’s
return each year ushered in the spring. Mother Demeter was also known for founding the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone. These relate
not only to the return to life every spring, but also to the reincarnation of the human soul in a next life.
Cattapreta Pereira Luciania - is Anastasia Persephone’s brother.
In Greek Mythology Antenor was the counsellor of King Troy, who before the start of the Trojan War tried to avoid
a conflict in favour of a peaceful resolution.
In my story, as in real life, Antenor tormented by the persecution of the family after his parents death, found his peace, increasingly spending time
in his countryside retreats.
Clarissa Demetria da Cattapreta Luciania Tiburtia - is Anastasia Persephone’s
younger sister, who professed to be, in every single way, the very opposite of Anastasia.
Her name bears a double reference to her
mother’s name, Demeter, with whom she shared many traits, but not all. They were both connected to the earth, from which they could grow the most beautiful flowers. She never departed from the land of Zeus and was married to Tiburtius.
Joseph Alexander Eros Martinez Dallarosa – Jo was the great love of Anastasia Persephone’s youth. He took her from the
Snows of Boston to the Island of Peace. The memory of his love made it impossible for her to find peace anywhere else in the whole universe, other than in Eros’ island. So, she always returned to his land, the famed Island of Peace.
According to Hesiod, c. 700 BC, Eros was the fourth god to come into existence, after Chaos, Gaia, and Tartarus ― the Abyss. In the myth, as
Eros falls in love with Psyche, the human soul, his fragile peace is ruined by Psyche's mortal dreams and plans. Thus the wounded, Eros departs and Psyche, his Persephone, and regrets her actions forever wanders through the Earth looking for him.
Edward Hades Anglikis Malamos - was Anastasia Persephone’s first husband, and is the father of Anastasia’s
children, Xena Olympia and Michael Perseus.
The mythological Hades is the King of the Underworld and ruler of the dead. At his command, mighty thunders flash and lightning rolls. As words have power,
the Greeks were not keen on uttering his name. So they also called him Plouton, deriving from the word for wealth.
Though an Olympian, Hades usually preferred to reside in the Underworld where his
favourite weapon was a pitchfork with which he created earthquakes. And on his travels through the land of living he mostly chose to wear his helmet of invisibility, which allowed him to see all though himself remaining unseen.
Malamos is the future tense of the word Malami, which in Esperanto derives from ‘mal+ami’, thus implying hatred or dislike, and to Anastasia consequently a most suggestive name.
Xena Olympia Luciania Malamos Dalltyrol – is the daughter of Anastasia Persephone and Edward Hades Malamos.
Olympia was the site of the first Olympic games in 776 BC. It is located on the western edge of the Greek Peloponnese and became the centre of worship of Zeus. And Olympia is also the name of Antonio Zeus’s mother - Olympia de
Whereas Xena, the myth, is a Warrior Princess. In her legendary journeys Xena redeems herself for any villainous activities she might have committed in the past, and thus becomes a hero
trying to help people in need. Her weapon of choice was the ‘chakram’, a throwing weapon which she masterfully deflected to multiple targets in one throw.
In her struggles through life,
Xena Olympia allied herself with the warriors of the South-Tyrol, where one day she met and married Vladan of Tyrol.
Perseus de Luciania Malamos – is the son of Anastasia Persephone and Edward Hades Malamos.
According to the myth, Perseus grew up to become a strong young man who bravely set forth
on his adventures. In an unknown country he entered the cave belonging to the Medusa, who was a creature whose terrifying gaze petrified anyone who looked into her eyes. Perseus tricked the Medusa and cut off her head, which he put into a magic bag.
Back on his path, Perseus came upon a beautiful woman chained to a rock. He asked her the reason for this and she explained, “I have been punished because my mother boasted that I was more beautiful than
the sea nymphs.“ Perseus cut Andromeda's chains and they lived happily together for many years. Their descendants became great kings.
Returning home from his travels, Perseus heard that the
world had mistreated his mother Persephone, and he was furious and set forth to avenge her. Thus, Perseus stormed the land and each time he said, "Let those who are my friends shield their eyes!" He would raise the Medusa's head from the magic bag, turning
his enemies to stone.
Albert Ovid Freyr Gondin Gouthier ― is Anastasia Persephone’s second husband, and
he had also been her first boyfriend,― albeit platonic. Albert Ovid’s major traits are gentleness and kindness. In the distant past he had looked into Persephone’s eyes and fallen deeply in love with her. So in his heart he waited a life time for
her to come back to him.
Freyr is one of the most important gods of the Norse religion. His name derives from the Proto-Norse word meaning sunshine and fair weather. In the Icelandic books of Edda
Freyr he sails in a ship which is always graced with auspicious breezes. Through the battle of life he used a magic sword with which to bestow peace on mortals.
Whereas Albert Ovid Freyr is a descendent
of the ancient Goths. These were an East Germanic people who dominated a vast area of central Europe, which at its peak extended from the Danube to the Ural Mountains, and from the Black to the Baltic Sea.
"Freyr" (1901) by Johannes Gehrts.
Next I list guest appearances in specific chapters, to whom I also preferred to give pseudonyms.
Character in chapters 12, False Accusation, and Chapter 19, Fraternal Emotions:
- Myths and legends have different interpretations according to one’s point of view. In the 19th century California Tiburcio Vasques was accused of thieving, but at the same time he was seen by others in a more positive light. We shall never
know for sure, as is the case with much folklore.
Characters in chapter 20, entitled Devilish Dance:
Polemos first makes an appearance in chapter 17 – Enforced Return and later in chapter 20 - Devilish Dance. In Greek Mythology
he was the personification of strife, and in Aristophanes’ play ‘Acheronian it was reported that Polemos was banned from parties because of his disruptive behaviour. With Tumult as his henchman he brought war into the house of Zeus by burying peace.
The Yare Dancers, or the Dancing Devils of Yare (Los Diablos Danzantes del Yare). This is also the name of a festivity
celebrated in San Francisco de Yare, Miranda state, Venezuela. By wearing fearsome masks the towns people hope to embody the powers represented by the masks.
Common examples of masks in Anastasia’s
The Tonius Yare masks are the most frequently worn. But does a fierce appearance hide a dreadful soul? Not necessarily. The whole purpose of wearing a devilish mask is to conceal all thoughts
Solitarius Yare masks are endowed with startling blue or with piercing
green eyes and are worn by the loners, or those who do not adhere blindly to group thinking. These may be used by both men and women.
The She-Yare masks are choices specifically
for the women, who apparently grin to hide their real selves or their dark thoughts.
Finally come “The Three Marys” who form the background unison chorus. They are represented by the three-headed eagle of the apocalypse. This image is a part of the second book of Esdras, or the hidden book, which points to forthcoming
wars that could lead to the end of the world.
Character in in chapter 21, entitled The Second Front:
In Greek Mythology the Hydra of Lerna is a serpentine water monster who dwelt
at the entrance of the underworld. Every time she had her head chopped off she would regrow multiple heads.
In this chapter,
the main character Anastasia Persephone becomes a Hydra.
Characters in chapter 33, entitled Mendacity:
Apate Pithos is a woman who gets involved in a convoluted plot aimed at extracting a fortune from Persephone. After years of scheming she fails to see any material profit from these plans.
As Apate in mythology is the embodiment of deceit, and Pithos is the Greek name of a large storage container, Apate Pithos represents a body of trickery and pretence.
Eduard Dolos Oswald was Apate’s lover who first hatched the devilish plans aimed against Persephone.
In Greek mythology Dolos was the spirit of guile, who was an apprentice of the Titan Prometheus. He became a known for his skill when he made a statue of Veritas in clay and tricked people into thinking it
was a stone statue. His Roman equivalent is Mendacius.
Python Daimone Advocat was Apate’s second ally in
this wicked design. In mythology Python was the earth-dragon of Delphi, and the name Python may derive from the verb ‘pytho’, meaning to rot.
She-Daimone Advocat is Apate’s second ally in her campaign against Persephone. She belongs
to the class of Daimores who hover above the earth in search of malevolent opportunities.
The Daimones Advocats are presented between the inhabitants of Heaven and those of Earth.
The Daimones, according to Hesiod's myth, are spirits of nature similar to ghosts, who are only felt,
their unseen presence presumed, and they are often depicted with considerable moral ambiguity.
The characterisation of the Daimones as dangerous was developed by Plato, whose Symposium teaches that love may be a daemon in the shape of hate. In the charge brought against Socrates in 399 BC Plato surmised
that Socrates had introduced daemonic beings into his writings, created by his own self-consciousness. Finally, the Pythagorean Commentaries state: “The whole air is full of souls”, representing the view that ‘Daemones’ are internalised
by each person wishing to cause ill in order to serve as motivation and inspiration to those possessed of such spirits.
The famous and paradoxical saying of Heraclitus is:
‘Character is for Man his daemon.’
Could I rephrase it thus:
‘The absence of character
is mankind’s demon?’
The use of malign ‘daemones’ against other human beings is achieved by the intentional
profanation and moral misrepresentation of the victim’s character.
“But what is the point of this?”, Anastasia
“Is it just to torment me? I have already had my reputation destroyed. But that will not change my life now. Or is it the elusive hope of material gain?”
That will also remain unfulfilled.
The word is mightier
than the sword.
- Ahiqar, Assirian sage of 500 BC