Selasa, 23 Juni 2009

Zeus and Hera

If we are talking about Greek mythology, I’m sure all of you heard about Zeus and all of his offspring. Zeus himself was born between the conflicts of his father’s fear to karma. His name is Cronus. He has killed his own father and claimed himself to be the king of God. Therefore, Cronus ate his own children to avoid the same thing happen to him. His wife, Rhea hated what Cronus did and once she gave birth to Zeus, she hid her son and wrapping a stone in a baby's blanket, which Cronus ate. When Zeus was grown, he fed his father a drugged drink which caused Cronus to vomit, throwing up Rhea's other children and the stone, which had been sitting in Cronus' stomach all along. They are Poseidon who ruled over the sea, Hades in the underworld, Demeter, Hestia and Hera who became Zeus’ wife. Then, Zeus challenged Cronus to a battle and made his own father hurled down to imprisonment in Tartarus.

Apparently, Zeus had the same worried just like his father was. He ate his first wife, Metis who was already pregnant with Athene. However, they made him miserable until Athene burst forth from his head—fully-grown and dressed for war. Athene is known as the goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy, handicrafts and reason, shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavour. But, Athene is not Zeus only child. Zeus has so many wives, both from divine Goddesses or a mortal, including a nymph, but he only has one queen, Hera. She was well known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's paramours and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her. She has four offspring from her union with Zeus. They are, Ares (The God of War), Hebe (The Goddess of Youth), Eris (the goddess of discord) and Eileithyia (goddess of childbirth). Many more information about it, can be read in Zeus, Hera and their children: Part 1 article.

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