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Spider Folktales from around the World

The Spider Woman

Spiders – they are relatively small, mostly harmless and have always played a big role in folktales and myths across the ages. From Greek mythology to Spider-Man, spiders have made important cultural contributions around the world.

Ancient Egypt: The goddess Neith was associated with spiders because she was a spinner and weaver of destiny.

Greek mythology: Arachne believed she was a better weaver than the goddess Athena and challenged her to a weaving competition. Athena conceded that Arachne’s weaving was superior and destroyed Arachne’s weaving materials in anger. Arachne became so distraught that she hung herself. Athena brought the weaver back to life in the form of a spider out of pity.

Islamic tradition: When the Prophet Muhammad and his companion Abu Bakr hid in a cave, a spider and a dove constructed a web and nest to hide and protect the two.

Torah: Before David became the King of Israel, King Saul’s soldiers pursued him. When David hid in a cave, a spider spun a large web over its entrance. When the soldiers saw the undisturbed web, they figured no one could be inside the cave.

African folklore: The spider Anansi is a trickster god.

Hopi creation story: The Spider Woman is the goddess of the earth who, along with the sun god Tawa, created the first beings.

Cherokee folklore: Grandmother Spider brought light into the world by capturing the sun.

Eugene Pest Control: Spiders

It is one thing to read and hear about arachnids in stories, but having them alive in your home is an entirely different matter. Most spiders are beneficial pests that prey upon other unwanted insects, like mosquitoes and flies. However, when it comes to spiders, pest control, Eugene homes and your health, always call an expert if you suspect a poisonous spider (such as a black widow, hobo spider, brown recluse or yellow sac spider) is in your home. Also, call in a Eugene pest control service if you think you have a spider infestation, because this could be a sign of an underlying pest problem.

Eden’s Enhanced Service Program includes a bi-monthly “spider sweep” for year-round spider prevention. Our green pest control techniques will help control the spiders around your home and deter them from rebuilding their webs. Call today for a free inspection.

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