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, Poseidon, Demeter, 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.
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
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and are excited to know how I’ll present the next one. Feel free to like and share! Until next time!