The emergence of the ancient Greek gods

    The gods of ancient Greece differed from the other divine beings presented in any other religion of the time. They were divided into three generations, but to the modern human are more familiar names of the second and third generations of the ancient Greek gods of Olympus: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia.



    According to legend, since the beginning of time, the power belonged to the supreme god of Chaos. As is clear from the name, there was no order in the world that is why the Earth Goddess Gaia got married with Uranus - the father of heaven and after that the first generation of the mighty Titans was born.



    Kronos - the first supreme Greek God

    Kronos or Chronos (time keeper) was the last of the six sons of Gaia. Mother loved her son, but Kronos was a very ambitious and a capricious God. One day Gaea has opened the prediction that one of the children of Kronos going to kill him and take his place. Over time, the mother Gaia has tired of the constant births and then Kronos has castrated his father and has deposed him from heaven to the rest of the time.



    From that moment began a new era: the era of the Olympian ancient Greek gods. When Kronos decided to marry, his mother told him about the prediction that she saw. Kronos began to swallow all his children because he was afraid to lose his authority and a role of the supreme God. His wife, gentle Ray, was terrified and she had no another choose but to decide on the deception. Little Zeus immediately after birth was secretly handed over to the forest nymphs on the wild Crete, where the eye of his father never fell. Upon reaching adulthood, Zeus overthrew his father and took the place of the supreme Olympian God.

    Thunder Zeus - the father of the gods



    Ray knew the power of Zeus is not infinite, and to him, like his father, also destined to die by the hands of his son. She knew also that the Titans, prisoners of Zeus, which are in a gloomy Tartars, will soon be freed and that they will take part in the overthrow of Zeus, father of the Olympian ancient Greek gods. Only one survivor of the Titans Zeus could help save the power and not to become like Kronos: Prometheus. Titan had the gift to see the future, but he hated Zeus for cruelty to humans.



   In Greece, it is believed that up to Prometheus people lived in constant permafrost, and were similar to the wild creatures without reason and intellect.  According to legend, Prometheus brought fire to the Earth, and had stolen him from the temple of Olympus. As a result, titanium thunder had chained him and condemned him to eternal torment. Prometheus had the only way out: the agreement with Zeus - the secret of the retaining power for the Thunder was disclosed. Zeus escaped the marriage to the one that could give birth to a son, capable of becoming the leader of the Titans. Forever entrenched power of Zeus, nothing and no one dared to encroach upon the throne.



    Later Zeus liked gentle Hera, goddess of marriage and family keeper. The goddess was unassailable, and the supreme god had to marry her.

    Poseidon - the God of the seas and oceans



    Not that much have spoken about Poseidon - little brother formidable Zeus takes place in the shadow of the supreme god. It is believed that Poseidon did not differ with cruelty. Punishments, which were sent to people by the god of the seas always, have been deserved. The most eloquent of the legends associated with the lord of the water, is the legend of Andromeda.



    Its symbol was the trident, which gives unlimited power to Poseidon in the vast oceans and seas. But it is said that the God has not disputed the nature and tried to get fights and squabbles. He was always devoted to Zeus; he did not aspire to the power.

    Hades - the lord of the kingdom of the dead

    Hades – the god and the unusual character. He was feared and revered almost more than Zeus. Zeus himself felt strange feeling of fear, barely seen gleaming chariot brother, pulled by horses with the demonic fire in their eyes. In the depth of Hades’ kingdom, no one dared to set foot till he will be the lord of the underworld. The Greeks were afraid to say his name, especially if there was a sick man.



    It is believed that when Zeus has shared the power, he offended Hades, giving him the realm of the dead. As time passed, gloomy Hades started to lay claim to the throne of Olympus, but in the legends described often enough, that the lord of the dead were constantly looking for ways to spoil the life of the father of the ancient Greek gods.

    Zeus did not have full authority over the kingdom of his brother; he could not bring or release any soul without the permission of Hades.

    Hermes - the patron of trickery, deception and trade, messenger of the gods



    Hermes concerns already to the third generation of the ancient Greek gods of Olympus. This god is the illegitimate son of Zeus and Maya, the daughter of Atlas. Maya, before the birth of her son, was the prediction that her son would be an unusual child.



    There is a legend about how Hermes, seizing the moment when Maya was distracted, slipped out of the cave. He really liked the cows, but these animals were sacred and belonged to the god Apollo. Without any embarrassment this little rascal stole the animal, and deceived the ancient Greek gods. Enraged Apollo quickly saw through cunning Hermes, but the young god has promised to create and to give him a divine lyre. Hermes kept his word.

   The wonderful world of Greek mythology and ancient Greek gods are closely linked with the history. And today in Greece there has cults dedicated to the Greek gods.


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