Crossroads is a common metaphor across cultures. For the Greeks the crossroads were the beginning and end of Oedipus, the mythical king of Thebes' journey with the themes of flawed nature of humanity and the powerlessness against destiny. Hercules at the crossroads is depicted as choosing between Vice and Virtue. Giovanni Baglione's painting depicts Virtue in the form of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom wearing armour.
|Hercules at the Crossroads, 1640-42, Giovanni Baglione
|Odipus and Sphinx, 1808, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Elegba, the god of destiny in the Yoruba tradition in West Africa is an Orisa or intercessor who opens the roads bringing clarity out of confusion.
In the United States one of the most common stories of the crossroads comes from the south and Robert Johnson's song about selling his soul to the devil to reinvent the blues.