Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Who is Wonder Woman?

In a world enamored with the mystery and magic of creation myths, the origin and history of Wonder Woman stands out.

The iconic character of Wonder Woman has inspired and impacted many of us for many generations.

As idol and hero, she is the ideal symbol of womanhood, protector of truth, and upholder of good.

Confident and determined, she is a warrior of heart and soul.

wonder | wander | women have long loved and avidly worshiped everything about Wonder Woman.

She has been in our lives since way before Mahala was conceived. Mahala came into this world steeped in all things Wonder Woman and immersed herself fully in it all her life.

Child of wonder that she is, our mutual fandom grew in leaps and bounds.

"Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. No offense to the Lara Crofts, Buffys, or Disney princesses of the world, but none of them have been plastered on as many magazine covers, adorned as many T-shirts, or sold the countless comics, dolls, and action figures that Wonder Woman has. The full package of beauty, brains, and brawn, she’s been a feminist icon since her star-spangled intro in 1941." ~ DC Comics 

In case you didn't know. . . .Diana [aka Wonder Woman] is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the first child born on Paradise Island [Themyscria] in the three thousand year history that the immortal Amazons lived there.

The Amazons had been created around 1200 B.C. when the Greek goddesses drew forth the souls of all women who had been murdered by men and placed them on the island.

One soul was held back from creation, the one that would be born as Diana.

After 75 years, they finally made a Wonder Woman feature length film starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. [Read our past blog, Wonder Woman at 75.]

The history of Wonder Woman is the tale of feminism throughout history.

Six gods of the Greek Pantheon breathed life into her molded clay and granted Diana these special gifts:
  1. Demeter gave great strength. 
  2. Athena bestowed wisdom and courage. 
  3. Artemis provided a hunter's heart and the means to commune with animals. 
  4. Aphrodite brought beauty and a loving heart. 
  5. Hestia presented sisterhood with fire. 
  6. Hermes' gift was speed and the power of flight. 

In Wonder Woman's later origin retelling, Zeus [king of the gods] whom it was revealed was her true father, made her a demi-god which came with all its attendant super powers. 

Even her arch enemy and mentor, Ares, came bearing the gift of valor in her role as guardian for humanity. 

Wonder Woman has been rewritten and reimagined through the years, mirroring the history of feminism and women all over the world.

She remains a constant source of inspiration and her impact extends to many even to this day.

Wonder Woman! All the world is waiting for you!

Here are our reading recommendations, from creation to rebirth: 

Be sure to read all the volumes of each set! 

June 16 update: Brooklyn resident Don Phelps added this lovely touch to the Fearless Girl of Wall Street. #WonderWoman #NYC #weloveyou

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