Amphora Incarnate

Zoe is a living amphora, a human vessel for knowledge or power that should be unknowable to her…

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

[Video description: Duration is 25 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A woman lies on her side, propping herself up with her left arm. Her long hair is swept over her shoulder revealing the complex tattoo that covers her bare back. The head of a lion facing forward, his claws holding a sword and spear crossed before him, connected to shackles. Below that is a series of interconnected loops, and below that, a serpent entwined in a figure eight or infinity symbol.  A sheet covers her from the waist down. “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “But mystical amphoras, decorated with the appropriate symbols, were often used to contain what the ancients called ‘pragmata agnosta’ or ‘things unknowable,’ things that the mortal mind was not capable of comprehending, but that people could only know in dreams, or in their hearts or souls.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Amphora Incarnate Storyfeather

There are people in this world worth saving.

Zoe repeated the mantra to herself as she gingerly pulled the sheet away from the skin of her back. Her back was aching, itching, burning, roiling, and writhing.

There are people in this world worth saving, she thought to herself again. There are people in this world worth saving.

Story: “Amphora Incarnate” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Living Amphora” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Under Suspicion”
“Making A Change”
“Universe Calling”
“It’s A Mystery”
“I Bet You Wonder Why”

Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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Tags: amphora, lion, serpent, Sophia, tattoo, vessel, Zoe
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology