Mythological Creatures: Golem

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Golems are creatures that are made out of natural substances such as clay and or stone. These were considered supernatural beings because they were able to become animated through the use of magic. In Greek mythology, the most famous of golems is the golem named Talos. Talos was made of bronze and he was created to serve and protect Europa. He was made by the god Hephaestus, the god of blacksmithing. His purpose was to protect Europa from privy pirates and invaders. Not only that, but he was made to also protect the entire island of Crete. However, golems are not known to have a mind of their own...

They are taught and expected to take orders and do not often think for themselves. This is partially due to the fact that they are not true humanoids, but rather close replicas made out of organic materials. It takes a master of magic to control a golem successfully. If the person controlling the golem is not trained accordingly, then it is possible for the golem to destroy the land rather than help save and preserve it. In comparison to Jewish mythology, golems are not as mechanical in nature. Rather, they are supernatural and the creation of the creature has more to do with prayers and rituals that are related to the Jewish faith. In addition, Adam is considered to be a golem in Jewish mythology because he is born of the land rather than flesh. He is born from the organic compounds of the garden of Eden. To destroy a golem in this tradition, there had to be removal of parts of sacred texts that have been inscribed on the golem to activate it. The most famous of golems in Jewish mythology is known as the golem of Prague. This golem was created by a rabbi in order to the Jews from being killed or harmed for unjust reasons.