" 'I know you will, Gwydion,' "
Gwydion is a mythical welsh hero, a trickster and a magician, appearing in the Welsh Triads, the Mabinogi and the Book of Taliesin.
" 'He's talking about Louise Brooks,' "
Born in Kansas, Louise Brooks
was a silent film star, a model and a dancer. Her bob hairstyle inspired many imitators and she has been compared to Marlene Dietrich
and Greta Garbo
" Isn't she the one who killed her children? "
Shadow is confusing the modern 'goddess' Media with the ancient Greek figure Medea, who famously killed her own children to take revenge on her husband Jason.
" Not even Bacchus "
Bacchus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Dionysos
, god of wine, theatre and ritual madness.
" Brahma creates, Vishnu preserves, Shiva destroys "
Brahma (god of creation), Vishnu (the supreme god) and Shiva (the destroyer) make up the sacred Hindu Trimurti.