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Why used left hand to hold the torch?

  1. Aug 14, 2004 #1
    I noticed that in the opening ceremony of Olympic Games, the athletes used left hand to hold the torch, why not right hand?
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2004 #2

    Gokul43201

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    I going to make a wild guess. The left side is sybolic of the sacred feminine, and is associated with goddesses. Since the lighting of the flame is derived from an ancient ritual to honor the Goddess Athena, it's possible, that this is the reason.
     
  4. Aug 14, 2004 #3
    Athena is a God not a Goddess, to my knowledge.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
     
  5. Aug 14, 2004 #4

    Gokul43201

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    I beg to differ.

    Athena is the daughter of Zeus and is the Goddess of Wisdom. I'm certain of this.

    PS : Maybe you're confused because She is usually represented wearing armour and a war helmet and holding a shield ?
     
  6. Aug 14, 2004 #5

    arildno

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    That Athena screamed herself into the position of becoming the "Goddess of Wisdom" was the first step down the slippery slope for the Olympians.

    She was nothing but a spoiled brat, twisting her precious Daddy about her little finger.
    Good riddance to both of them.
     
  7. Aug 14, 2004 #6

    Kerrie

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    goodness, you do realize it is only mythology right?
     
  8. Aug 14, 2004 #7

    arildno

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    Oh, is it?
    Thanks for the reminder :wink:
     
  9. Aug 14, 2004 #8

    Gokul43201

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    Yeah, and the other Greek Gods were the epitome of all things good, eh ?

    If one day, someone removed every single soap opera on television, and replaced them with stories about the Olympian Gods, I bet no one would know the difference.

    But we digress...this is about torches and the Olympics.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2004 #9
    http://quizilla.com/cgi-bin/result/list/list.pl

    This was my source but other sources said he was a she so I am sorry. I was wrong.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
     
  11. Aug 15, 2004 #10

    Gokul43201

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    That link didn't work. I got "Sorry, there was a problem: please supply quiz_id or quizdef, but not both"
     
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    Gokul43201

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    Sometimes the word 'God' is used in a genderless sense, just like the word 'actor'.

    Any theories on the left-handed torch-bearing...anyone ?
     
  14. Aug 15, 2004 #13

    jcsd

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    Perhaps cos they wipe their bum wid there other hand?
     
  15. Aug 15, 2004 #14

    Gokul43201

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    That sounds scholarly ! :yuck:
     
  16. Aug 15, 2004 #15

    jcsd

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    I'm a clasickal skolar dontcha know:tongue:

    Clearly not everyone can hold the torch with their left hand

    Infact I don;t think there's any special reason at all for holding the torch in the left hand, I've got a feeling that it was ether something stage-managed for Athens or so they could wave to the crowd with their right hand.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2004 #16

    Moonbear

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    The sacred feminine? Did you read The DaVinci Code recently?

    I took a look through some photos of torch bearers...doesn't seem to be an official hand. Maybe just coincidence that several were left-handed (it's bound to happen) or some quirk of the way the torch gets handed off from person to person.

    Did anyone see the opening ceremonies? I seriously worried for the torch bearer who had to light the cauldron. The way it tilted down and pointed right at him, it looked like the poor guy was going to get toasted! That was just a freaky looking cauldron! And that platform he was standing on seemed awfully wobbly! It was visibly moving as he stepped onto it...scary! All the money in the world wouldn't be enough to pay me to set foot on something that high up and wobbly with a torch aiming straight at me.
     
  18. Aug 16, 2004 #17

    Gokul43201

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    I read Da Vinci Code last year...and am reading Templar Revelation (NF) now...

    I'll never forget the lighting of the torch at the Seoul Olympics - the finale' involved this Korean archer who shot a flaming arrow from several hundreds of yards away, and it landed beautifully into the torch-bowl (for want of a better word) and lit it. Was quite spectacular !!
     
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  19. Aug 16, 2004 #18
    nobody is able to answer me? :lol:
     
  20. Aug 16, 2004 #19
    I'd go with this explanation.

    I'm sure there's not much of Greek mythology behind this. The Olympic torch was introduced 1936

    ...by the Nazis.
     
  21. Aug 16, 2004 #20

    Gokul43201

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    Not introduced - revived !

     
  22. Aug 16, 2004 #21

    Gokul43201

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    If you read the posts in your own thread, you'll see there there are at least 2 different solutions proposed. Clearly, you can see that this section of the forum is called "General Discussion" and until someone has a definitive answer, we will provide our opinions on the matter and discuss them...which is what we've done.

    You don't help matters by strolling by and complaining, when you have not shown any interest in the discussion. It only puts people off from wanting to answer your queries.
     
  23. Aug 16, 2004 #22

    Gokul43201

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    I'm much more likely to believe that it's a coincidence rather than a stunt that allowes you to wave to the crowd.

    When you are given the honor of carrying the torch for the olympics, your primary concern is to not screw up in front of the whole wide world. I seriously doubt that anyone would risk holding the torch in their weak hand, just so they can wave with their right hands. <I tried running about with an inverted bottle in my left hand...found it a little more tiring than with my right hand>

    http://www.athens2004.com/en/Athens2004OlympicTorchRelay shows someone holding the torch in his right hand...though this is likely not during the Opening Ceremony itself.
     
  24. Aug 16, 2004 #23

    BobG

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    No, I think that was that guy in Lou Reed's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side". :smile:

    Please, tell me you're kidding. Not only is that a safety violation, but it's just a little bit weird. Whether you ran around the neighborhood like that, or just ran around in circles in your living room, that's just plain weird. If you were my neighbor, I'd move. :rofl:
     
  25. Aug 16, 2004 #24

    Gokul43201

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    Safety violation !?!? Ooh, imagine if I dropped that little plastic bottle filled with dihydrogen monoxide - we could have a meltdown. :surprise: Heard of treadmills ?

    I was thinking of the Kinks' Lola...but Wild Side is is almost verbatim ! :biggrin:
     
  26. Aug 16, 2004 #25

    BobG

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    Treadmills can be dangerous :uhh: . I knew a woman who tried to take her sweatshirt off while running on a treadmill and lost her balance. Having her sweatshirt caught at one end of the treadmill with her arms tied above her head and the side of her face being rubbed raw isn't an amusing experience - at least not for her, anyway - the rest of us thought it was hilarious! :rofl:

    He who laughs at the misfortune of others understands the meaning of life. :devil: :approve:
     
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