In Greek mythology Europa was a beautiful Phoenician woman of noble birth. Depending upon which part of mythology you look at Europa was either a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys or the daughter of Tityas and Euphemus. According to most ancient legends the god Zeus took the form of a white bull and abducted and seduced Europa.
Europa is about to make a return to the continent named after her starting next year.
Currently a number of euro banknotes have pictures of windows and doors as both decorative and security features. Beginning next year a number of the banknotes will feature various images of Europa, starting with the €5 note in May. Mario Draghi, chief of the European Central Bank commented on the new images gracing the banknotes, saying:
“Portraits have long been used in banknotes around the world and research has shown that people tend to remember faces. Is there any better figure than Europa to serve as the new face of the euro?”
Traditionally most forms of currency featured the images of famous leaders or animals that people would associate with the nation, such as loon on some Canadian currency and George Washington on the US dollar bill. But in the case of the change of the image on the euro to Europa I see this as being a symbol of Europe’s turn towards paganism and away from the God of the Bible.
In the past 40 years countries like England have seen a marked decline in Christianity. Church attendance is at an all-time low and many churches have been vacated and turned into pubs, stores, hotels, and Islamic mosques. As their religious faith has deteriorated so have their morals and values until finally they turn to Greek gods and mythology to grace their currency, when at a time the currency seems to define the continent.
From the faces of Kings and Queens to doors and windows to mythological gods, so goes the transition of the nations of Europe. Sadly America is not far behind. The images that grace our currency are changing from our presidents and leaders to the winged messenger Mercury and buffalo to pictures of cities and scenery. In America as well as in Europe the move is away from nationalism to globalism, from the people who made us all great to things that either don’t exist or don’t matter in the overall scheme of things.
The next time you take a look at our currency or get a chance to take a look at the currency of Canada or Europe, take note of the changes because they reflect more about a lost culture than you may realize.