How far have we come from those Greek and Roman beliefs and superstitions, a couple of millennia later? Instead of myths and appeasement ceremonies, we've elevated ghosts, vampires, and bloodsuckers of every gender to celebrity and Hollywood box office success on screens of every size. Furthermore, if San Francisco parades are any indication, we have yet to shake off our phasination with phalluses.
These stories were originally published in Vicki Leon's nonfiction book, How to Mellify a Corpse. This book and her other recent titles are available for free sampling and purchase at www.vickileon.com. Author Leon also originated the Uppity Women in History series, her latest being 4000 Years of Uppity Women.
Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler contributed to this article.
Two "Uppity Women" articles by Butler: