Day Nineteen: What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
Asclepius is one of my favorite deities. He is compassionate and gentle. He does not discriminate. His only stipulation is that he be approached with purity of mind.
The only problem I have is with one of the practices of the cult of Asclepius in antiquity. No deaths or births were allowed in his temples, so no pregnant women or patients with terminal illnesses were accepted for care. That changed, at least at Epidaurus, when Antoninus Pius, who ruled as Roman Emperor from 138-161 CE, had an addition built at the sanctuary specifically to provide care for these patients.
Image: Asclepius Glienicke Park, Berlin. Photograph by Suse, 2005 via Wikimedia Commons. This is part of The Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site.