Mythology's ability to offer guidance at the personal and social levels lies at the heart of this endeavor. There are many rich, imaginative flavors of myth across our planet, every single one endlessly fascinating and unique, yet interconnected in their underlying themes.
Recurrent themes appear when one looks at the structure of the planet's myths. The motif that interests me, and humanity as a whole, most is that of the epic quest, wherein a hero/fellowship must complete a series of often perilous tasks in search of a prize, whatever that may be. I have been exploring this theme for the past few years through a camaraderie knowns as the "Pizza Boyzz".
Who are the Pizza Boyzz?
In essence, they are a secret society of my own invention, complete with uniform, slang and other eccentricities. It has been (and continues to be) my task to develop their myth through whatever means I see fit. At their inception the PBZ made their presence known by hosting miniature quests in which the public could participate. These quests were vehicles for social bonding wherein participants combined their deductive skills to solve various puzzles throughout the quest until its completion.
The first Pizza Boyzz quest, April 2013
The first quest was undertaken by a small but enthusiastic group at the University of Cincinnati.
The "Task of the Pepperoni" initiation rite, May 2013
In addition to the quests, the somewhat more occultish inner workings of the PBZ could be observed by the public. For example, the "Task of the Pepperoni" was an initiation rite wherein the initiate has 24 hours to hack to the bottom of a log (painted to look like a a pepperoni). Within the PBZ culture, the successful completion of these tasks allows one to gain rank within the group. The failure to do so results in, well...
The "Original Pizza Party" quest, April 2014
This quest was much larger than the previous one, however the format was the same - participants were to solve the puzzles as a collective. This quest had more ambitious objects and structures: a golden pedestal, a mechanical vault door and a "mausoleum" (sans corpse).