How were the Olympains born? -> Ares

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So continuing on from where we left off in the last post, I’ll be explaining about the birth of Ares, the Greek god of War.

After Zeus bore Athena, Hera became really depressed. This was due to the fact that Zeus now possessed both the titles of parenthood, and apparently didn’t need her. Hera wanted to share those titles and was determined to find a solution. She searched the depths of all the oceans, every nook and corner of every forest in the world, but in vain. One day she happened to stumble upon the house of Chloris, a nymph. Chloris, sensing Hera’s distraught, asked her what the matter was. Hera conveyed her dilemma, and noticed that Chloris was hesitantly looking away from Hera, as if she had something to hide. Hera knew at once that Chloris had some kind of a solution for her. She pleaded with Chloris to tell her all she knew. Chloris complied, but on one condition: Hera would have to keep her source anonymous and safe, and Chloris should not experience the wrath of Zeus.

Hera immediately agreed to the simple terms (she’s a goddess, remember?). Chloris told her that there was a flower that was endemic to her garden, which had the potential to make Hera a mother, without the help of a male. On touching the flower’s petals, Hera suddenly convulsed in pain and bore Ares. Right on the spot. At the time, Hera was overwhelmed with happiness for she didn’t know the monster Ares would become. In that moment, she had not a care in the world.

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There we go, finally done with it. :D

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How were the Olympians born? -> Apollo, Artemis, and Hephaestus

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Hi there. Apologies for le delay, exams and everything. Anyways I’m back and going to try to be consistent from now on. :D
So in this post I’ll be telling you guys about the birth of three more gods, namely ApolloArtemis and Hephaestus. This post will be concerning the birth of three gods rather than two since Apollo and Artemis are twins, and there’s not much variation in how each of them were born. 

Ok so first off, the divine twins, Artemis and Apollo. They were the children of Zeus and Leto, daughter of Titans Coeus and PhoebeLeto and Zeus were maintaining a secret relationship when Hera found out that Leto was pregnant with Zeus‘ children. As it is in most myths, Hera was obviously enraged. To prevent Leto from undergoing a peaceful labor, Hera ordered Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth from assisting Leto. She also forbade any Greek land from providing shelter to Leto and cursed her such that she would never be able to give birth on a land on which the sun has shone.

Leto wandered the Earth in pain, moaning for relief. Zeus, feeling her sorrow, raised a floating island from the depths of the ocean, Ortygia. Since the sun had never shone upon this island and it was uninhabited, Leto was able to give birth to her twins. Artemis was the first twin to be born, and immediately assisted her with her brother’s birth. Due to the Eileithyia‘s orders, Leto had to suffer for nine whole days and nights, until Apollo was finally given birth to. Zeus blessed the island of Ortygia, renamed it Delos, which became sacred to Apollo, and anchored the floating island to the surface. 

                    

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And now for Hephaestus. Hepheastus (hef-es-tus) was one of the two children of Zeus and Hera., technically. Zeus had nothing to do with Hephaestus‘ birth, but he is still considered the father. In retaliation of Zeus giving birth to AthenaHera sought to give birth to one of her own. When she gave birth to Hephaestus, she was revolted. Her son, who was to be her crowning achievement, her revenge on Zeus, was pretty fugly and incredibly lame. Resisting the urge to vomit, she cast her newborn from the heavens. 

After a day’s fall he landed in the sea, where the daughter nymphs of Oceanus (Titan of the sea) Eurynome and Thetis cared for him. When he grew old enough, Hephaestus designed a contraption, a golden throne for his divine mother. When Hera sat upon it, her hands and feet were clamped. Hephaestus agreed to let her go on one condition: his mother would make him an Olympian. After doing so, he let her go and henceforth became the patron of blacksmiths and god of fire.

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Right, so in the next post, I’ll be discussing the birth of the only god left, Ares. And then I’ve got a lot more stuff planned, like the stories of Hercules, Jason, etc. so stay tuned! :D

 

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How were the Olympians born? -> Dionysus and Athena

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Hey, welcome back to the blog! I’m so sorry for the delay due to exams and stuff, so I’ll try to be regular from now on. :P
Okay, so in the previous post I wrote about the myth regarding the birth of the first Olympians (ZeusPoseidonHadesHestiaDemeter,  and Hera). Well, as promised, in this post I’ll present the myths of the birth of the other main Olympian gods, like Athena and Hephaestus. But if you know anything about Greek mythology, it’s that there are a lot of different versions concerning a single myth and I will be going along with the version I’ve read about the most. Also due to the Olympian Pantheon consisting of 13 Divine Beings, I will be posting about this topic in another 2-3 parts.
In this post, I’m going to tell you how my favorite Greek goddess, Athena, and the god of wine, Dionysus, were born.
Starting off with Dionysus, he was the only God to have a mortal parent. Basically, he was originally a Demigod. His mother was Semele, daughter of Cadmus of Thebes, and his father was Zeus. Now as Hera was Zeus‘s wife, she frequently became very jealous of his affairs with mortal women and vented her rage towards Zeus, on them. Seems kind of unfair to the mortals, but well, gods are gods.
So naturally, when Hera found out about Dionysus, she got pretty pissed. She disguised herself as an old widow and approached Semele, who confesses to her that her baby’s father was actually Zeus. Hera very cunningly placed a series of thoughts into Semele‘s mind, which made her doubt the authenticity of Zeus
So one night, Semele asked Zeus to swear on the River Styx (A binding oath, bad things happen when it breaks). Zeus swore, and Semele asked him to reveal his true form. Zeus knew that on mortals disintegrate when they look upon a god’s true form, but since he had sworn an oath on the Styx, he had to reveal his true form. Semele was instantly incinerated (a god’s true form is too much to process for mortals) but Zeus was quick enough to rescue fetus Dionysus, and sew him to his thigh. It was in his thigh that Dionysus grew into a complete baby, and at the right moment, he was released. So that’s how Dionysus, Great Lord of Wine, an all-powerful Greek god, was born. From a thigh. What do you expect from a God who’s destined to be a drunk?

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It’s kind of gruesome, but Greek mythology always is.
Moving on, Athena‘s birth is a bit less gross, but gross nonetheless. 
So Athena‘s mom is the Titan of Wisdom, Metis. And her dad is Zeus. He was pretty much a player. 
There was supposedly this prophecy which said that Zeus‘s offspring with Metis would be a great being, greater than its parents. Zeus, thanks to his enormous ego, tried to stop Metis from conceiving the baby by swallowing her whole and imprisoning her in his belly. But he couldn’t stop her.
A while later, Zeus experienced an incredibly severe headache. He summoned his lame son, Hephaestus to use his blacksmith skills to split his skull and relieve him of his headache. Hephaestus, who was held back only by his respect for his “father”, agreed and used his mallet to split his father’s skull.
A smile of relief spread across Zeus‘s face, and from his split skull, clad in full battle armor, sprang Athena, with an expression so awe-inspiring that even Zeus couldn’t rip his eyes away from his own creation. 
And that is how the Goddess of Wisdom came to be.

Athena’s birth from Zeus’ head

 

That’s all I’m going to include for this post. In the next post, I will be telling you guys about the births of another two Gods, and so on. :D

 

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How were the Olympians born? -> Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia, Demeter

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I’d like to start off by apologizing for delaying this post. I was kinda busy(or lazy). :|

Well, let me start by stating this: It’s a common misconception that all twelve Olympians were born from the same parents, at the same time. This is not true. In this post, I’m going to explain the myth of how the original Olympians were born, and how many of them were born first. 
As I mentioned in my previous post, there were originally six Olympians – Hades, PoseidonDemeter, Hestia, Hera and Zeus. I’ve also mentioned how Ouranos cursed Kronos that Kronos would be overthrown by his children the same way Ouranos was.
His father’s curse haunted Kronos his entire life and every time he produced a baby with his sister and wife Rhea, he was stricken with fear at the thought of being overthrown and swallowed the baby whole. He consumed five of his children, but his wife, Rhea, disgusted by his paranoid behavior, hid her last child, Zeus, from her husband  on top of Mount Ida, and placed a rock wrapped in a blanket in her arms instead.
Kronos took the bait and swallowed the rock, blanket and everything, thinking his worries were finally over.
Meanwhile, on Mount Ida, Zeus‘ cries were incredibly loud for a child, so loud that Adamanthea, a nymph who raised him, had a group of Kouretes or ‘smaller gods’ bang their shields and spears together as loudly as they could until the time Zeus could control his voice. It did the trick of drowning out Zeus‘ voice, and as you might imagine, the Kouretes should have been given a well-deserved long vacation of sorts, but there are no accounts of it. Sucks for them.

*NOTE: I’d like to point out that in Greek Mythology, no myth has a single version. Each and every myth has different versions from different accounts throughout history, which vary greatly. I chose the above one because it seemed the most reasonable out of all the versions I have read.*

On reaching the age he was destined to defeat his father at, Zeus devised an ingenious plan with Metis, his Aunt, who was ascribed the task of adding a sort of laxative into Kronos‘s daily drink. Kronos drank it, and immediately vomited out , first, the rock and then all of his six children. Since his children were divine, they had been growing inside his stomach without any consequences. It’s needless to say, however, that it must not have been a good experience.

 

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Alright, that’s all I’m going to include for this post. In the next post, I’ll tell you guys about the myths surrounding the birth of the other Olympians, such as Hephaestus and Athena, and their varying versions. I’m afraid I won’t be able to fit all of the myths into a single post though, but I’ll try my best to give you guys a summarized and less convoluted version of them. :D
 

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Who is the oldest Olympian of the Greek Pantheon?

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Most people would assume it’s Zeus, King of the Gods. Quite the opposite. Zeus is actually the youngest god, the last son of Kronos and his wife (and sister) Rhea, in the order – Hestia(Goddess of Hearth), Hades (God of the Underworld), Demeter (Goddess of Agriculture), Poseidon (God of the Oceans and Seas), Hera (Goddess of Marriage) and Zeus.
The oldest Olympian of the twelve Olympians is … wait for it … Aphrodite (Goddess of love). The myth of her birth goes like this :
After Kronos was born, he quietly observed how Ouranos‘s love for his mother Gaia diminished until it was just a process of producing offspring for him. He looked on as Gaia felt lonely and vindictive. Together, slowly but precisely, Mother and Son plotted revenge against Ouranos. Kronos found a sturdy piece of wood and sharpened it into the shape of a scythe, which was what his future weapon would eventually be based upon.
One evening, when his Father was snoring away after a fight with GaiaKronos crept upto him with his new-found weapon. He looked upon his Ouranos‘s peaceful face, unaware of the danger he was in. Kronos immediately felt his hatred for his Father rise and took a well-aimed swipe at Ouranos‘s groin. He jerked, but didn’t wake. Kronos took another swipe and the damage was done.
Ouranos‘s eyes shot open; his hands clutched his groin and found the pulsing black and red stub. The scream that followed shook the Earth itself, screaming for what was now gone. While Kronos fled away with his prize towards the shore, Ouranos cursed his youngest son, which would forever haunt Kronos for the remainder of his days, that He would be betrayed by his children and be overthrown in the same way.
Kronos immediately felt sick of the object in his hand and ashamed of himself. He threw the item into the ocean, where it fizzed all of a sudden. It continued bubbling away for a long time and, when no one was around, out of the bubbles rose the beautiful AphroditeEros (who is now commonly known around the world as Cupid, his Roman equal) became her servant and she, the Goddess of Love.

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Who were the Greek primordial gods?

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In the beginning there was only Chaos. A dark, endless void containing nothing.

A round shape emerged from this darkness. This round shape was our Mother Earth, Gaia. Above Gaia stretched a broad, wide-shouldered form. This was Ouranos, the first Sky Deity, and the abode of the gods that would later come into existence. Out of the Chaos sprang another force, called Eros, the primary deity of Love. When Eros let loose his arrows, Ouranos fell in love with Gaia, and fertilized her and the Ocean came into existence. Gaia cradled it with happiness. Ouranos saw himself in the Ocean, but he was confused. He had produced it. He had made Gaia happy. And yet she chose to play with this splashy, noisy child?
Ouranos swooped down and boomed, ‘Love me,’ and together he and Gaia produced Helios, of whom Gaia was immensely proud. However Ouranos grew jealous and took Helios away from her, and kept him in his palace high above her. Gaia was sad, but at least she could still see her son.
Over the aeons, Ouranos’ love for Gaia slowly diminished. No longer did he stroke her surfaces, or speak lovely words for her. They produced many more children; Night, as a substitution for when Helios would be asleep; Selene, the Moon, Sister of Helios; and Aurora, the personification of Dawn.
Lastly they produced the Titans. These last ones were large, wandering figures, with immense strength and power. There were a total of twelve -KronosRhea,OceanusTethysHyperion,TheiaCoeusPhoebeMnemosyneThemisKrios, and Iapetus. They were all ambitious creatures, with magnificent dreams of their future, roaming widely around the world.