Apollo and Artemis

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The twins, Apollo and Artemis, a perfect epitome of opposites, like the moon and the sun.

Their mother, Leto, is the daughter of  Titan Coeus and Titaness Phoebe. Little is known about her, except the fact that she’s the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Zeus caught sight of her, and in that union brought forth the twins.

What makes her so famous is that when the time comes for her to give birth, Hera decreed that no one, no place should lend a hand to her. She is to give birth and find a place alone. With the decree given, it is easy to presume that all follows Hera the Queen’s order. Poor Leto wandered alone, looking for a place to deliver her children. No one accepts her, or is even willing to help her.

Until she came into a little, floating piece of land in the sea. Leto thought that  this island was alone, and so is she. She asked for permission to settle on this island, and this the little, floating piece of land welcomed her gladly. The moment Leto set foot on the lonely place, flowers bloom and 4, magnificent pillars rose from the bottom of the sea and hold the once, lonely island forever. In this island, Leto delivers her first born, the Goddess Artemis. Artemis also helped her mother to deliver his brother, Apollo, safely.

Artemis became the Goddess who assisted women in childbirth. Women called out her name so that she would help them deliver their child. At a young age, Artemis went to his father Zeus to ask for a number of ladies-in-waiting, but these ladies should follow her lead. Artemis is the Virgin Goddess of the Hunt, she protects the wildlife, especially the young and she vows never to marry. These examples and rules she set out to her ladies-in-waiting, and each vows to follow her lead. Artemis is also regarded as the Goddess of the Moon. When women died a swift death, it is said t hat she was  killed by one of her swift arrows.

Apollo was the God of Light, of the Sun. He was also regarded as the God of Truth, where only truth comes from his mouth. He was a skilled musician as well, and whenever he plays his lyre with the Muses dancing and singing, no one will be lonely and everybody will feel happiness and contentment. Like his father Zeus, Apollo was also involved and loved several women, mortal and goddesses like. Among his famous lovers was Daphne, who turned into a laurel tree.

 

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The Goddesses of Olympus

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* It’s been a long while since I last posted here. Whew! Just got busy this month, but hey, still managed to publish a post! 🙂

In the illustration below, you can see some of the known Goddesses in Olympus. Could be called as the Olympian Goddesses but I prefer to call them the Goddesses of Olympus.

DEMETER – considered as the goddess of the corn and harvest. Her siblings included Hades, Poseidon, Zeus, Hestia and Hera, their parents, the Great Titan Cronus and Titaness Rhea.
Probably the best known myth about her is when her daughter, Persephone, was abducted by Hades, the Underworld God of the Dead. Her grief was so much that she prohibited the growth of crops and let famine and the dying fields affect the lives of mortals. With the commotion happening, Zeus, through Hermes, ordered Persephone to be released from Hades. As mother and daughter embraced each other, the earth once again flourished and live. But when Demeter learned that her beloved daughter ate Pomegranate seeds, for her that means that she’ll have to see her daughter go to the dreaded Underworld, and return to her after 6 months. When her daughter is gone, winter approached. The return of Persephone means the return of Spring.  That explains the changing of seasons.

HERAalso one of the children of Cronus and Rhea. She is the goddess of marriage and women, and is the wife of Zeus. She is the Queen Goddess, and with Zeus, she’s the mother of Ares, the god of war, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth. It is also a famous myth that she produced Hephaestus alone, through Parthenogenesis.
During the war with the Titans, she was sent to Oceanus and his wife Tethys, to be cared for. Her becoming the Queen is not that easy as it may seems. While she bathed, a wounded Cuckoo fell near her. Pitying the bird, she held it and placed it near her bosom, to heal it and give warmth at the same time. Unknown to her, the “wounded Cuckoo bird” is no other that Zeus, the King of the Gods himself. Hera was raped, and to cover her shame, the two marry.
Hera is known for her jealousy, her husband’s lovers and children were all subjected to her wrath. One of these unfortunate women is Io (who was turned into a heiffer) and probably, we can say that Herakles is one of the most unfortunate child of Zeus. Herakles was driven mad by Hera, so mad that he did kill his wife Megara and their children. The famous Labors of Herakles is the tasks given to Herakles to have his guilt cleared.

HESTIAoldest sister of Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. She is the Goddess of the hearth and home.
Little myth or story is known about Hestia. Originally she’s part of the Olympians, but when Dionysus came, Hestia willingly gave up her throne to Dionysus. Hestia is a Virgin Goddess, it is told that Apollo and Poseidon wanted her, but she pledged an oath, in Zeus’ name, to remain a Virgin goddess.

ARTEMIStwin sister of Apollo, daughter of Leto and Zeus. She is regarded as the Goddess of the Wild, of the Hunt, Childbirth and sometimes of the moon.
Before she and Apollo were born, Hera learned of Zeus’ another escapade with Leto, and in her anger she commanded that no land shall receive Leto when she is about to give birth. As expected, poor Leto searched for a place to stay to give birth. No one accepted her, except the little floating island of Delos. There, Leto delivered Artemis first, and Artemis assisted her mother Leto to deliver Apollo.
Artemis demanded to be a Virgin Goddess, this she asked to her father Zeus. She also has several nymphs as her attendants, those girls who decided to follow her shall remain pure and Virgin like her. She is often seen with a silver bow and arrow set with her, the bow and arrow crafted by the mighty Hephaestus.

APHRODITE – born from the sea foam, to be exact, from the blood of the castrated Uranus that dropped in the sea. The goddess of Love and Beauty, she is often seen with Eros, sometimes depicted as a blindfolded child with arrows. Aphrodite is depicted as a laughter-loving goddess, but also vain.
She’s married to the blacksmith God Hephaestus, though she’s not loyal to him. One of her famous lovers is the God of War, Ares. She also had lots of lovers, gods and mortals alike, whom she had children with. Some of her children were Hermaphroditos (with Hermes), Harmonia, Phobos and Deimos (with Ares) and Aeneas (with the mortal Anchises).
Perhaps the most famous myth of Aphrodite is her involvement at the Trojan War. Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, threw a golden apple inscribed with the words “To the Fairest”. All the goddesses wanted the golden apple badly, but only three goddesses fought for it: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. They all told Zeus to choose the fairest among the three, however Zeus told them to go see a prince named Paris. The three goddesses bribed Paris, Hera will make him the King of Asia, Athena will make him victor of all wars he’ll engage in and Aphrodite will give him the fairest woman to be his wife. Paris chose Aphrodite, turns out that the most beautiful woman, Helen, is already married. But hey, a promise is still a promise! Paris got Helen, thus started the Trojan War.

ATHENA – born from Zeus’ head. She is the daughter of Zeus and Metis, wisest of all the gods and mortals and Zeus’ first love. A prophecy is said, that a boy born from her will definitely be stronger than Zeus. Zeus, fearing that the prophecy will come true, swallowed Metis, not knowing that she is already pregnant with Athena. Zeus felt unbearable pain in his head and ask Hephaestus to have his head cut open. Hephaestus obliged and from Zeus’ head, Athena appeared, full grown with an armor and shield.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, craftsmanship, weaving  and of the city. She’s known as the favorite daughter of Zeus. She’s the only one who can carry the awful Aegis from Zeus. Like Hestia and Artemis, she is also a Virgin Goddess. A war goddess, she prefer to make strategies to win the war.
There are several myth about her, but the story of Arachne maybe is one of the best remembered story of all. Arachne bragged her weaving skills, saying that she can even surpass the Goddess Athena. The goddess, enraged, challenged Arachne to a weaving tournament, which, obviously, the goddess wins. Athena punished Arachne by turning her into a spider. Another myth is Athena turning the beautiful Medusa into a monster.

The Goddesses of Olympus

*clockwise, from top to bottom, start from the upper left corner (Demeter, Hera, Hestia, Artemis, Aphrodite, Athena)

Hope you like the article and my illustration of the Goddesses. Feel free to comment! 🙂

Zeus: The God Of All Ladies Men

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Hi all! It’s been a while since I posted nice and informative article here, luckily we have this guest post from Stacey Cavalari, an experienced journalist for eDrugstore.MD, a leading safe online medication drugstore since 2001. Make sure to visit edrugstore.md’s podcast section, where 400+ expert health specialists give their excellent advice.


Zeus was the ruler of Olympus and the chief of all the Greek Gods and Goddesses. He overthrew his father, Cronus, and upon winning the lot between him and his two brothers, Poseidon and Hades, became the king of the Olympians. His wife was Hera, though he had been married twice before, and his weapon was the thunderbolt. This thunderbolt would be hurled at any mortal who lied or broke an oath, which was ironic, as Zeus, himself, wasn’t known for his truthfulness.

Yes, like most of the Greek gods, Zeus was imperfect. Despite all of his better qualities, Zeus, like so many other men, had a weakness for the ladies. His many affairs are possibly the thing that he is most famous for. His unfaithfulness made Hera a very jealous goddess, and instead of taking it out on her husband, she would usually sate her fury on Zeus’s lovers, even if they had only been a victim of his advances.

But, one good thing that did come out of Zeus’s many affairs are the scores of notable offspring he had with the various goddesses, demi-goddesses, nymphs, dryads and mortal women who caught his fancy. Here are a few of Zeus’s most notable affairs:

Semele

Jan Voorhout Zeus and Semele

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Semele was a mortal, a princess of Thebes. She was Zeus’s lover and was carrying his child when Hera found out about the affair and went ballistic. She killed Semele and her unborn child would have perished as well if Zeus hadn’t stepped in to save him. The baby was Dionysus, who later became the god of wine and merrymaking. When he was grown, he found a way to free his mother from the underworld and convinced Zeus to allow her to live on Olympus. Semele is very notable, as she is the only mortal woman ever to be the mother of a god (as opposed to a demi-god).

Leda

Leda, by Gustave Moreau

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One advantage of being a god was the ability to shape shift and gain access to beautiful women without their even suspecting you were near. Zeus used this trick in many situations. One such incident involved him turning himself into a swan, pretending to be running from an eagle, and landing in beautiful Leda’s arms “for protection”. Well how could she resist that? Later that night, however, in the form of a swan, Zeus took advantage of Leda and in time this consummation resulted in two eggs being laid. From these eggs hatched four babies; Helen, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Half of these children were the mortal children of Leda’s husband and half were Zeus’s. Which ones are Zeus’s and which are not is often a matter of debate, however Helen is always stated as being the daughter of Zeus. Later she would be Helen of Troy, over which the Trojan War was fought.

Io

Io with Zeus, by Giovanni Ambrogio Figino

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Zeus could turn into anything he wanted to in order to bed a lovely lady. Once he even turned into a sunbeam! However, once in awhile, one of his lovers had the bad fortune to be transformed to cover up his affair. Io was one such lady. When Hera found out about Zeus’s affair with her, she quickly came down from heaven to investigate. Trying to cover things up, Zeus turned Io into a heifer that just “happened” to be standing there. Hera, who knew what was up, asked for the heifer as a gift and Zeus could not refuse. Once she had poor Io, she set Argus, who had a thousand eyes, to watch her. Zeus set Hermes to lull Argus to sleep, and when he was sleeping, Hermes killed Argus. Hera was heartbroken and as a tribute she placed Argus’s eyes on her favorite bird, the peacock. Io was free, but she was tormented by a terrible gadfly and the ghost of Argus. She traveled all over, and as a result, many geographic areas are now named for her, such as the Ionian Sea and the Bosporus. Later she was restored to her human form, and bore a child to Zeus. One of her descendents was Hercules, who, among other great feats, freed Prometheus, just as Prometheus had predicted.

These are just a few of the notable affairs of Zeus. One thing that stands out about Zeus is that, while he is divine, he holds the same character flaws as most humans. “Relatable” gods and goddesses are a trademark of Greek mythology so it’s no wonder that almighty Zeus also made mistakes.

There, if you have something to share, verify or ask, feel free to reply here and don’t forget to hit the comment button. 😀


The Four Goddesses of Dioses

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The Four Goddesses of Dioses

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.

BASTETThe 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.

The King and Queen

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Zeus and Hera

Hera was not at all interested in this arrogant, young Zeus and would not let him near her. But of course, Zeus won’t allow such thing; to be driven away like Hera did.

Waiting for the right time, Zeus spotted Hera bathing in a secluded falls. Immediately Zeus transformed himself into a cuckoo and created a thunderstorm that drenched him thoroughly. Finding the little bird wet and hurt, the kindly Hera picked him up and cradle him close to her chest. In the blink of an eye Zeus immediately changed back into his usual form and raped her.

To save herself and not to lose her dignity, a wedding was arranged and everyone was jubilant for Hera (at that time became the Queen of the Heavens). Everyone thought that she would manage to change Zeus a little bit.

According to some sources, their marriage got off to a good start, with their honeymoon lasting over 300 years!

Zeus’ Limits

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No matter how powerful Zeus may seem, his powers had their limits because he had neither the right nor the ability to intervene the decisions of the Fates.

An account once told of  Hera questioning her husband Zeus by asking him if he had the power to extend a mortal’s life destined by the Fates to die.

Ares the Unwanted

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So-called “Ludovisi Ares”. Pentelic marble, Ro...

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For whatever reason, Zeus failed to bond with his son, the war god Ares.
It may also be weird that considering Ares as the only son Zeus had with Hera (in legal terms, since Hera is Zeus’ queen-wife), Zeus was not even concerned when young Ares went missing a few years later and didn’t quite exert much effort looking for his poor son.

Unknowingly, the young Ares had been kidnapped by the giant Aloadai twins, who locked him in a bronze jar. Ares stayed captive in the bronze jar, and with Hermes‘ help he was saved.

Upon returning to Olympus, Hera decided that Ares’ might be better off living somewhere else and arranged for him to live with Priapus, one of the minor deities. This deity  trained the young Ares in the art of dancing, and, later, in the martial arts.

Even though Ares was well-trained and known as the god of war, he wasn’t a great fighter and lost many of his battles (including the popular Trojan War),
especially those dealing with his half-sister and arch-enemy Athena, the goddess of wisdom as well as the goddess of war (not to mention being Daddy’s favorite).

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