Archive for the ‘God of the Week’ category

God of the Week: Themis

July 2, 2012

07/02/2012: Themis

Themis is an ancient Greek god, one of the titans and the personification of law and order. 

The second wife of Zeus, according to the account in the Theogony of Hesiod, was Themis (“Justice”), and, as we have pointed out elsewhere, she is a form of the great earth goddess. Her primary role apparently was that of controlling the cycle of the seasons, and so regularly did she bring about the periods of productiveness that men came to look upon her as a power to whom they could appeal for the elucidation of matters in which human arbiters failed. In brief, she became an oracular goddess, and the righteousness of her deliverances established her as the personification of justice and equity

Mythology of All Races, Vol 1, Greek and Roman

God of the Week: Hyperion

June 18, 2012

06/18/2012: Hyperion

Hyperion was a Greek Titan, one of the children of Gaia and Uranus

God of the Week: Minos

June 11, 2012

06/11/2012: Minos

Ah, good ol’ King Minos. In his life … a bit of a bastard; sending 7 male and 7 female Greeks to their death every year just to satisfy the blood lust of a bull/man too stupid to find it’s way out of a cave. Yet, for all this cowardice, it was believed that after his death, Minos was elected to became a judge of the dead. 

God of the Week: Priapus

May 28, 2012

05/28/2012: Priapus

Priapus was a Greek god of fertility. He was normally depicted with an exceptionally large phallus. 

Priapus, the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, was regarded as the god of fruitfulness, the protector of flocks, sheep, goats, bees, the fruit of the vine, and all garden produce.

His statues, which were set up in gardens and vineyards, acted not only as objects of worship, but also as scarecrows, the appearance of this god being especially repulsive and unsightly.

This divinity was chiefly worshipped at Lampsacus, his birthplace. Asses were sacrificed to him, and he received the first-fruits of the fields and gardens, with a libation of milk and honey.

-Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

God of the Week: Toutatis

May 21, 2012

05/21/2012: Toutatis

Toutatis was a Celtic god worshiped throughout ancient Gaul. Victims were sacrificed to him by being plunged head first into a vat of liquid. He was associated with the gods Mars and Mercury by the Romans.

God of the Week: Chaos

April 30, 2012

04/30/2012: Chaos

Oceanus was an ancient Greek god, a formless void that preceded the creation of the universe. 

The Hesiodic story is different in many points and is much less satisfactory as a philosophical explanation of beginnings. First there was Chaos,

“… the vast immeasurable abyss, Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild.” 1

Then came Gaia, gloomy Tartaros (the dark “Underworld”), and Eros as the moving force within and about all things. Chaos brought into being Erebos (“Lower Darkness”) and Nyx, and these in their turn begat Aither (“Heavenly Light”) and Hemera (“Earthly Light,” i. e. “Day”). Mother Earth bore Ouranos (star-sown “Heaven”) to be a helpmeet to herself and at the same time a secure dwelling-place for the blessed gods. Now appeared the rugged mountains and the wild stretches of the sea. In their relation of husband and wife Ouranos and Gaia became the founders of what one might call the first royal house of the gods.

-Mythology of All Races, Vol 1, Greek and Roman

God of the Week: Oceanus

April 23, 2012

04/23/2012: Oceanus

Oceanus was an ancient Greek god, a titan, personification of the ocean. 

They [Ouranos (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth)] became the first pair of parents and brought into the world Okeanos(“Ocean”) and Tethys(“Nurse”). These in their turn became a parental pair, begetting Kronos, Rhea, Phorkys, and the other Titans

-Mythology of All Races, Vol 1, Greek and Roman