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greek mythology meme: [1-2/7] gods

artemis & apollo

Artemis and Apollo were the twins of Zeus and Leto. Since their father was already married to Hera, their mother was relentlessly pursued by her, and could not rest long enough to give birth. Eventually, Leto found refuge on the floating isle of Delos and gave birth to Artemis, who then assisted with the birth of her twin brother Apollo.

Artemis became the virgin goddess of wilderness and hunting, but also the patroness of childbirth and the protector of young girls; Apollo became the god of oracles and prophecy, music, poetry, archery, and disease, but also the protector of young boys. Together, the twins were also harbingers of illness and sudden death. 

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Artemis /ˈɑrtɨmɨs/ was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities.
She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her.

I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who
cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who
delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword.

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Greek Mythology:    Hades & Persephone

So I grabbed my king and ran away
to a land of death,
where I reigned and people whispered
that I’d been dragged.
I’ll tell you I’ve changed. I’ll tell you,
the red on my lips isn’t wine.
I hope you’ve heard of horns,
but that isn’t half of it. Out of an entire kingdom
he kneels only to me,
calls me Queen, calls me Mercy.                                                                                                    -Daniella Michalleni, “Persephone Speaks”

gods for the modern age: persephone

wear flowers in your hair and silks on your body. do not let yourself wither. do not let yourself break. tattoo what was done to you onto your skin and turn it into a weapon. rise from the ashes year after year, trailing glory in your train and wearing riches in your crown. you were good, you stayed hidden, but you were tricked and dragged down into the shadows anyway—so by god, make those shadows your own.

—  Unknown
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Greek Mythology: Hades & Persephone 

“Aren’t you afraid of my darkness, my dear?” Hades asked with mischief in his eyes.
“No,” Persephone replied, “You haven’t even seen mine yet.”   kfg

GREEK MYTHOLOGY: Αναγκη // Protogenoi of Necessity

Ananke was the goddess/personification of destiny, necessity, compulsion, and fate. She marks the beginning of the cosmos, along with Chronos.  She emerged self-formed at the very beginning of time–an incorporeal, serpentine being whose outstretched arms encompassed the breadth of the universe. 

She was seen as the most powerful dictator of all fate and circumstance which meant that mortals, as well as the Gods, respected her and paid homage. Considered as the mother of the Fates according to one version, she is the only one to have control over their decisions. 

The Greek primordial deities, or the Protogenoi, were the first beings that came into existence. They helped form the very fabric of the universe and are immortal. These gods and goddesses preceded all the Titans and the Olympians.

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Greek Mythology:    Persephone

She was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld, infuriating her mother who made the crops wither and the earth barren. Zeus intervened and tried to bring Persephone back to the world of the living; however, Persephone ate the seeds of a pomegranate that Hades had given to her, binding her to him for one third of the year. Thus, it was decided that Persephone spend four months in the underworld and eight months on earth with her mother. The period in the underworld corresponded to the winter season, during which Demeter would make the soils barren due to her grief, while her return marked the start of the spring.

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Hera [ Ἥρα] is the wife and a sister of Zeus. She is the goddess of birth, women and marriage. Hera’s mother is Rhea and her father Cronus. 

Queen of the gods. Hera’s sacred animals are the cow, the lion and the peacock. As a goddess of fertility she bears a pomegranate in her hand, emblem of fertile blood and death.

Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature against Zeus’s lovers and offsprings, and other mortals such as Paris, who chose Aphrodite over Hera as the most beautiful goddess.

“But now let us go to bed and turn to love-making. For never before has love for any Goddess or woman so melted about the heart inside me, broken it to submission, as now.”