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T h e S p i d e r P i n

Oh why oh why, you may ask, do folks wear spider pins. After
all, there are beautiful butterfly pins (did you know that in old
English a Butterfly was called a Flutterby–which made more sense
to my way of thinking), and there are pins made to look like
roses, and there are dragon pins, and puppy pins, and cat pins,
and on and on. But Spider Pins? Well…could there possibly be a
logical and historical explanation for this? Hey, Benjamin? You
want to try to answer that one for us? Huh?

Hah! Sure folks. It’ll be my pleasure. Because you can bet your
Bippies there’s an explanation for this. Fact is, our friendly
arachnid has many reasons for being. And some of them go like
this.

The Norns, goddesses of fate in Viking mythology, considered
spiders as the weavers of the web of destiny. The "Great Spider"
spins the thread of life, weaving all mankind into the pattern of
its web. In essence, if you wear this spider on your lapel, you
are carrying with you a representation of the spinner of your
fate. Might not be a bad idea to keep this bloke on your side, eh
wot?

In Hindu lore, our friendly spider is the weaver of
Maya–goddess of magic spells and illusion. There is some belief
that states that the Spider God, after building the Universe,
held it together with invisible threads till it–the
Universe–grew out of its germinating beginnings to maturity.
Reason enough to wear one as a pin…dontcha think?

Want a little Americana folks? Mythology, you know, is not
limited to the Greeks, or the Romans, or the Vikings. May I
present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the North American Hopi
Indian. Kotyangwuti–the Spider Woman–made original mankind by
mixing saliva with earth. And she also created a couple of twins
by the names of Poquanghoya and Palongawhoya, and these twins,
born from the Spider Woman, kept the world in order. According to
the Navajo, our Spider Woman’s name was Naste Estsan. And Naste
helped a couple of kids find their father, the sun. Certain parts
of North America believe that the web of the Spider Man connects
the heaven to the earth, preventing them, obviously, from
slipping away, one from the other. Would you wear a Spider pin,
knowing the power this little creature wields? Would you dare
not to? Hmmm?

Spiders played great roles in history. They saved, in their
time, the lives of Mohammed and Frederick the Great. A spider
inspired the Scots king, Robert the Bruce, to resist the English.
In folk medicine, spiders’ webs were used to cover wounds and to
also cure warts. And of course, last but not least, when it comes
to superheroes, right after Superman is Spiderman, who can crawl
on the ceiling with the ease of…well…a spider.

Now then…what if someone out there suddenly sees the light and
says, hey…where can I get me one of those? Well…heh
heh…need I say more? Yes I do. At Tyler-Adam Corp, that’s
where. Just ask for Benjamin.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.

Take care,
Benjamin Mark

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