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Follow Me to Ground

by Sue Rainsford

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Mythical Healers

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World Health Organization logo with staff and snakeThe central characters in Follow Me To Ground are two human-like beings with mystical powers to heal all illnesses and even resurrect the dead. It seems we have forever been fascinated by the magic of healing and the ability to cheat our own mortality. Ancient mythologies from across the globe featured powerful healers that humans turned to in search of cures and remedies for all kinds of sicknesses.

One of the most widespread symbols of the medical world today is derived from the Greek myth of Asclepius, the god of medicine who brandished a serpent-draped staff—the image of which can be seen in medical and pharmaceutical logos across the globe, including that of the World Health Organization. As a child, Asclepius was rescued by the god Apollo, who taught him about medicine. Asclepius went on to receive further instruction in the art of healing from the centaur Chiron. Another story goes that in return for an act of kindness, a snake taught Asclepius the secret knowledge of ...

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