Let’s Get Weird: Mythology

Lets Get Weird: Mythology

Nick Looney, Staff Writer

Ah, my favorite supernatural subject; mythology. I’ve been interested in it since I was very young, and have a vast knowledge of it. I know Greek and Roman like the back of my hand, I’m very knowledgeable about Egyptian mythology, and I’m working on expanding my knowledge of Norse and Celtic myths. I also have familiarity with the mythologies of Native Americans, Mezo-America, China, India, Sumer, and even the Maori peoples. Today, I will start with greek mythology. There are endless topics to cover within greek mythology, so I will begin with the Olympians. The Olympians were the most powerful of the greek gods and ruled Olympus. Some of them were among the first gods, born from the Titans Cronus and Rhea. I will list the small group of elites, and share information about them. Here we go:

Zeus: The king of the gods, who slew his father Cronus. When he and his two brothers, Hades and Poseidon, divided up the world, he not only took the crown but also the skies. He wields the power of the lightning bolt itself, and storms are said to be a sign of Zeus’ anger. He is married to his sister Hera, but his many escapades with other women lead to many greek tales.

Poseidon: God of the Sea, wielder of the Trident. He is Aphrodite’s “father,” meaning she was born of the sea foam. He is also the god of horses, and his one night stand with Medusa lead to the birth of the first of the pegasi. He is married to Amphitrite.

Hades: God of the Underworld, husband of Persephone. He uses his Helm of Darkness to become invisible. Although he has a seat on Olympus, he is not allowed to leave the darkness of the underworld. His empty seat allowed for their to technically be 13 Olympians.

Hera: Zeus’s wife and sister, queen of the gods. She is the goddess of marriage and family, and is known to heavily disapprove of Zeus’ “adventures.”

Demeter: Goddess of grain and the harvest, sister to Hera, Hestia, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, mother of Persephone. Winter is said to be her period of grieving for her daughter, who is confined to living in the underworld half of the year.

Hestia: Technically no longer an Olympian, as she gave her seat to Dionysus, she is still important in the greek mythos. She is the goddess of the home and hearth and keeps the peace between her hotheaded siblings and the rest of the gods.

Apollo: Twin brother of Artemis, son of Zeus and Leto. God of poetry, music, the arts, healing, and prophecy. Often associated with the sun and archery, but not the official god of either. He is said to inspire the Oracle of Delphi, and bring in the day by riding his Chariot of the Sun.

Artemis: Twin sister of Apollo. Goddess of archery, hunting, and maidens. She herself vowed to always remain a maiden and has kept her promise. Like Apollo, she and her Moon Chariot are associated with, but not the official goddess of, the moon.

Athena: She popped out of Zeus’ head one day, fully armored. She is the goddess of wisdom, architecture, and strategy, specifically for war. She is the namesake of Athens and is the one who turned Medusa into the beast she is.

Aphrodite: Born from sea foam as mentioned before. She is the goddess of love and beauty and is said to be able to charm anyone. She is married to Hephaestus but often ignores him for the more “robust” Ares.

Hephaestus: Son of Zeus and Hera, an ugly beast of a god. So ugly in fact, his mother pushed him down the thousands of steps from Olympus. He is the god of the forge and blacksmithery and is heavily associated with fire. He is said to live in a volcano. He is known to have captured Ares and Aphrodite in the act and embarrassed them in front of the gods.

Ares: God of war, son of Zeus and Hera. He has a very unholy relationship with his cousin Aphrodite. He is often called upon and sacrificed to in times of war.

Dionysus: Son of the mortal Semele and Zeus. god of madness and wine. The most raucous and unreliable of the Olympians, yet Hestia still gifted him her spot in the throne room of Olympus.

Hermes: Messenger of the gods, who wears winged sandals. This son of Zeus and Maia carries a staff with two snakes entwined around it. He is the god of transition, travelers, and thieves. He can move at incredible speeds.

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