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Hermes

Hermes is a deity in Ancient Greek religion and mythology. Hermes is considered as the herald of the gods, as well as the protector of human heralds, thieves and orators, respectively, he is able to move between the worlds of the mortal and the divine, playing the role of the psychopomp or "soul guide" — a conductor of souls into the afterlife. In myth, Hermes functioned as the emissary and messenger of the gods, was presented as the son of Zeus and Maia, the Pleiad. Just as well, he is regarded as "the divine trickster," for which Homer offers the most popular account in his Hymn to Hermes, his attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster, the tortoise, satchel or pouch, winged sandals, winged cap, as well as the palm tree, the number four, several kinds of fish, incense. However, his main symbol is the caduceus, a winged staff intertwined with two snakes copulating and carvings of the other gods, his attributes had influenced the earlier Etruscan god Turms, a name borrowed from the Greek "herma".

In Roman tradition, Hermes was known as Mercury, a name derived from the Latin merx, meaning "merchandise," and from where we get the words "merchant" and "commerce." The earliest form of the name Hermes is the Mycenaean Greek *hermāhās, written e-ma-a2 in the Linear B syllabic script. Most scholars derive "Hermes" from Greek ἕρμα herma, "stone heap."The etymology of ἕρμα itself is unknown, but is not a Proto-Indo-European word. R. S. P. Beekes suggests a Pre-Greek origin. However, the stone etymology is linked to Indo-European *ser-. Scholarly speculation that "Hermes" derives from a more primitive form meaning "one cairn" is disputed. Other scholars have suggested, it is that Hermes is a pre-Hellenic god, though the exact origins of his worship, its original nature, remain unclear. Frothingham thought the god to have existed as a Mesopotamian snake-god, similar or identical to Ningishzida, a god who served as mediator between humans and the divine Ishtar, and, depicted in art as a Caduceus. Angelo thinks Hermes to be based on the Thoth archetype.

The absorbing of the attributes of Hermes to Thoth developed after the time of Homer amongst Greeks and Romans. His cult was established in Greece in remote regions making him a god of nature and shepherds, it is possible that since the beginning he has been a deity with shamanic attributes linked to divination, magic and initiation and contact with other planes of existence, a role of mediator between the worlds of the visible and invisible. According to a theory that has received considerable scholarly acceptance, Hermes originated as a form of the god Pan, identified as a reflex of the Proto-Indo-European pastoral god *Péh2usōn, in his aspect as the god of boundary markers; the epithet supplanted the original name itself and Hermes took over the roles as god of messengers and boundaries, which had belonged to Pan, while Pan himself continued to be venerated by his original name in his more rustic aspect as the god of the wild in the isolated mountainous region of Arcadia. In myths, after the cult of Pan was reintroduced to Attica, Pan was said to be Hermes's son.

The image of Hermes varied along with Greek art and culture. In Archaic Greece he was depicted as a mature man and dressed as a traveler, herald, or pastor; this image remained common on the Hermai, which served as boundary markers, roadside markers, grave markers, as well as votive offerings. In Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Hermes was depicted as a young, athletic man lacking a beard; when represented as Logios, his attitude is consistent with the attribute. Phidias left a statue of a famous Hermes Logios and Praxiteles another well known, showing him with the baby Dionysus in his arms. At all times, through the Hellenistic periods and throughout Western history into the present day, several of his characteristic objects are present as identification, but not always all together. Among these objects is a wide-brimmed hat, the petasos used by rural people of antiquity to protect themselves from the sun, that in times was adorned with a pair of small wings. Another object is the caduceus, a staff with two intertwined snakes, sometimes crowned with a pair of wings and a sphere.

The caduceus appeared with Hermes, is documented among the Babylonians from about 3500 BC. Two snakes coiled around a staff was a symbol of the god Ningishzida, like Hermes, served as a mediator between humans and the divine. In Greece, other gods have been depicted holding a caduceus, but it was associated with Hermes, it was said to have the power to make people fall asleep or wake up, made peace between litigants, is a visible sign of his authority, being used as a sceptre. The caduceus is not to be confused with the Rod of Asclepius, the patron of medicine and son of Apollo, which bears only one snake; the rod of Asclepius was adopted by most Western doctors as a badge of their profession, but in several medical organizations of the United States, the caduceus took its place since the 18th century, although this use is declining

Micheal Kott

Micheal Andrew Kott is an American actor. He works in theatre and achieved recognition for his role in a Chicago production of Blood Brothers, winning a Jeni Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical in 1997, he was seen as Morrie in Tuesdays With Morrie. Most he received critical acclaim for his role as the Psychic in the horror film Secrets Of The Clown. Micheal was most seen in the Chicago premiere of Rupert Holmes' produced Solitary Confinement. Micheal was last seen as Bernadette in JPAC's production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Micheal is the Associate Dean of the Learning Resource Center at Morton College, Illinois, he was appointed to a one year term on the CARLI Board of Directors. His one year term ended in June of 2019 His directing credits include Chicago productions of Doubt, Exact Change, The Boys Next Door, Grey Gardens, Das Barbecue. and Anthony Shaffer's Murderer. Micheal Kott on IMDb Secrets of the Clown on IMDb Morton College Webpage

Jason Vega

Jason Vega is a retired Canadian football and American football defensive end. He played the majority of his professional career in the Canadian Football League, more with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Elsewhere in the CFL he was a member of the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos. In his time in the NFL he was affiliated with the New England Patriots and played for the Dallas Cowboys, he played college football at Northeastern University. Vega signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. During the 2011 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season, Vega was named defensive player of the week for their win over the Alouettes at the end of October, he finished his rookie season in the CFL with 7 sacks. The following season Vega contributed 5 quarterback sacks. Vega signed with the New England Patriots on January 26, 2013, he was released on August 13, 2013. On August 21, 2013, Vega was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Vega appeared in 2 games for the Cowboys in the 2013 NFL season. After one season playing in the NFL, Vega signed a new contract with the Bombers on December 23, 2013.

Terms of the contract were not released as per team regulations. During the 2014 campaign Vega totaled 5 sacks. On April 28, 2015 Vega was released by the Blue Bombers. On June 22, 2015, Vega signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Following the season he became a free agent. Vega signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on August 16, 2016. Vega only appeared in 4 games during the 2016 season, contributing 11 tackles and one quarterback sack. After the season, he was released by the Eskimos. On February 8, 2017 Vega retired. Toronto Argonauts bio