September 29, 2011
Aztec Mythology, dioses, Egyptian Mythology, Greek Mythology, Norse Mythology
Ares, Atlatonan, Bastet, Frigg, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Odin, Ra, Tezcatlipoca, Zeus
The Four Goddesses of Dioses
Listed below are my characters in Dioses, the following being some of the goddesses found in the manga. Each goddess is unique and bear in mind that these goddesses are of my own version. So, there, enjoy reading! 🙂
ATLATONAN : There are confusions regarding her domain. Some say she is the Aztec goddess of lepers and those who are born with physical deformities. On some accounts, an Earth goddess or goddess of the coast. She is also known as Atlatonin. She is also one of the four wives of the Jaguar-god Tezcatlipoca.
BASTET : The Egyptian Cat goddess. There are also confusions, though. On some accounts, it is said that she is the one sent by Ra to destroy the mankind. The humans, at that time, are all wicked and cursed Ra’s great name. So, the council of the gods, with Ra, decided to destroy them and thus Bastet was sent to slay them. That’s one version, come say the goddess Hathor did it. She is also called Bast. She is the goddess of music, dancing, pleasure and merry-making.
FRIGG : The queen-wife of Odin, king of the Norse gods. She is the goddess of marriage, also of love (though some accounts say that Freya is the goddess of Love) . She is seen as the goddess who weaves the clouds. She also has the capability to see the future but told no one about what she sees. She has lots of attendants, the most popular is Fulla. When Balder is terrified by his nightmares, it is his mother, Frigg, who extracted the oaths from all the living and non-living things not to hurt Balder. But this failed because Balder is killed by a tiny twig of mistletoe. By the way, Friday is named after her.
HERA : The queen of the gods, she is Zeus’ wife. She is also the goddess of marriage. Their union produced Ares, god of war, Hebe, goddess of youth and cupbearer of the gods, and Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth. She bore Hephaestus alone. Some of the popular stories about her is her jealousy and anger towards her husbands’s women. Her sacred animal is the peacock, whose eyes once belong to Argos, her faithful follower whom Hermes killed.
September 27, 2011
dioses, Greek Mythology
Cerberus, Demeter, Hades, Hecate, Hermes, Persephone, Zeus
Persephone - the Spring Goddess
Who is Persephone?
- She is well known as the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, although there is an account telling us that her mother is Styx (Apollodorus 1.13)
- Also known as the Spring goddess, her presence staying with us brought forth the warmth Spring, her disappearance brought forth the cold winter and fall.
- She is abducted by Hades, the god of the dead, but not Death himself. In his realm the dead found their place, only the dead could enter, and at the entrance the three-headed dog Cerberus guarded it, allowing those to enter, but harsh to those who wanted to go outside.
- It all started when Persephone is picking flowers with a band of lovely nymphs to accompany her. It so happens that a lovely flower blooms, it’s so beautiful Persephone can’t take her eyes off it, so she decided to go ahead and pick it. Upon doing so, the earth trembles and opens, and there goes Hades in his chariot, abducted Persephone and hurried back to his realm. Her companions are too shocked they didn’t able to help the poor lady.
- Prior to her abduction, Hades asked Zeus if he could marry Persephone. Zeus agreed and gave his approval, although he knew that Demeter won’t agree. A certain account I’ve known tells that it was Zeus responsible for Persephone’s attraction to the flower. It says that Zeus asked the help of Gaea, who in turn make the flower bloom.
- Persephone screamed so hard, begging Hades to let her go, and at the same time, calling her mother for help. But Hades paid no attention, he wanted her.
- When Demeter returned, she looked for her daughter but didn’t found her. Being a mother, she sought everywhere to find her beloved daughter. With a torch in hand, she sought the earth calling her daughter’s name, she was so occupied she forgot her duties as an earth goddess.
- Alas, Hecate (goddess of the crossroads) and Helios (a Sun-god) helped her. Demeter knows nothing, who her daughter’s abductor is, where they gone. Helios told the grieving goddess what happened. Furious, Demeter asked Zeus’ help to bring back her daughter. Without her daughter, she won’t allow any crop to grow, surely would bring famine to the mortals.
- Zeus tried to talk with Demeter but it won’t help. In some versions, he had Rhea, their mother, comforted Demeter. While Hermes went down to Hades to fetch Persephone.
- Hades, knew that it will happen, persuades the lonely and shocked Persephone to eat the pomegranate seeds.
- Hermes succeeds in bringing Persephone to her mother, as mother and daughter embraced each other, Demeter learned that her daughter had eaten seeds of Pomegranate; which means that she couldn’t spend the whole year with her beloved daughter.
- It is stated that Persephone would spend 1/3 of the year in Hades and the remaining 2/3 with the gods above. (There are some variations, though, some say it’s 1/2 of the year with Hades, and the remaining with the gods)
- Persephone’s disappearance and stay at the Underworld marked the winter and autumn, cold and with no crops at all. Her return marked the beginning of Spring.
So, there she is. If you happen to know other facts about Persephone, feel free to share. 🙂