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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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MYTHOLOGY: Favorite Goddesses: Artemis

In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis (Ancient Greek: Ἄρτεμις, pronounced [ár.te.mis] in Classical Attic) was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. 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. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.

THE WEIRD & THE WONDERFUL | Starchildren

our wonder of the stars is bone-sunk; we’ve been thinking and dreaming and watching and watching and watching since the beginning of time, and we looked for so long that we started making connections. we played a celestial game of connect-the-dots; trying to find order in something so vast and trying to show that the stars are in everything and everything is in the stars. [x]

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MYTHOLOGY MEME: [1/9] greek gods/goddesses

THANATOS - In greek anmythology, Thanatos (Θανατος) was the god and personification of death. His touch was gentle, likened to that of his twin brother Hypnos (the god of sleep). Violent death was the domain of Thanatos’ blood-craving sisters, the Keres, spirits of slaughter and disease. He has been portrayed as a youth carrying a butterfly (symbolising the soul of the dead) or a wreath of poppies (associated to him because of the risk of death by overexposure to them). He is often shown carrying an inverted torch (holding it upside down in his hands), representing a life extinguished. He is usually described as winged and with a sword sheathed at his belt. 

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In Norse Mythology, Hugin (“thought”) and Munin (“memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that are the shamanic helping spirits of the god Odin. These informants are two of the many sources of Odin’s prodigious wisdom and it is from this association that Odin is referred to as a “raven-god.” Hugin and Munin are semi-autonomous beings who are simultaneously projections or extensions of Odin’s own being. In Chapter seven of the Heimskringla book Ynglinga saga, which provides an euhemerized account of the life of Odin, describes that Odin had two ravens, and upon these ravens he bestowed the gift of speech. These ravens flew all over the land and brought him information, causing Odin to become “very wise in his lore.“ 

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Modern Mythology: Mermaids

From the Middle English mere meaning “sea” and maid, meaning “girl”, the mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature in a plethora of different cultures. In legend, they would sing to sailors at sea, enchanting them, and luring them to their deaths. No longer feared they trade in their tails for a pair of feet, returning only to the shallow waters of the sea in moments of nostalgia.

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MYTHOLOGY MEME: [1/7] mortals

MEDEA - In Greek mythology, Medea was a devotee of the goddess Hecate, and a great sorceresses. She was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis, and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god.When the hero Jason was seeking the Golden Fleece, he met Medea. She fell in love with Jason and agreed to use her magic to help him, in return for Jason’s promise to marry her. She restored the youth of Jason’s aged father, Aeson, by cutting his throat and filling his body with a magical potion. She then offered to do the same for Pelias the king of Iolcus who had usurped Aeson’s throne. She tricked Pelias’ daughters into killing him, but left the corpse without any youth-restoring potion. After the murder of Pelias, Jason and Medea had to flee Iolcus; they settled next in Corinth. There Medea bore Jason two children before Jason forsook her in order to marry the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth. Medea got revenge for Jason’s desertion by killing the new bride with a poisoned robe and crown which burned the flesh from her body. According to the tragic poet Euripides, Medea continued her revenge, murdering her two children Tisander and Alcimenes. Only one son, Thessalus, survived. Afterward, she left Corinth and flew to Athens in a golden chariot driven by dragons sent by her grandfather Helios.

Scandinavian tales and creatures

Trollefolk, also simply called troll or vittror, are not that different from humans, though they live secluded lives deep in the forests. Some of them have the tail or horns of an animal, which they keep hidden when others are nearby. They have their own farms, keep cattle, get married, and work and live just like humans. However, they are capable magic users and not part of the Christian community, and are therefore shunned and feared.