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box of mischief

In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, opened a box or jar in which all the miseries of the world were locked, and thus loosed them on the world. In this she is a parallel of Eve, another woman who was the source of all ills. According to the Greek mythographer Hesiod, Zeus instructed Hephaestus to create woman in order to take revenge on Prometheus, who took man's side against the rest of the gods.