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OBS TOP 5/10: GREEK MYTH EDITION

by Dawn, February 16, 2010

Top 10 Greek Gods – Krystal

1. KronosLeader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, divine descendants of Gaia, the earth, and Uranus, the sky.
(The Titan’s may have lost to gods, but they were there first.)

2. ZeusThe king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull, and oak.
(King of the gods indeed, only his father held him back for a short while.)

3. AresGod of war, murder and bloodshed. Brother to Athena, and is the son of Zeus. Has an affair with Aphrodite. His symbols are vultures, dogs, boars, and a spear.
(The God of WAR gets a special place in my heart because without him the Greek myth world sure would be boring.)

4. DionysusGod of wine, parties/festivals, madness and merriment. He represents not only the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficial influences. His symbols are the grape vine, ivy, and thyrsus.
(Now this boy knows how to party.)

5. HadesGod of the underworld and wealth. Brother of Poseidon, Zeus and Hera, and consort to Persephone. His symbols are the bident, the Helm of Darkness, and the three-headed dog, Cerberus.
(Nothing like a guy who rules over your death. Be nice and don’t get on his bad side.)

6. ApolloGod of music, medicine, health, prophecies, poetry, and archery. Also said to be the god of light and truth. Is associated with the sun. Also referred to as the most handsome of the gods. He is Artemis’s twin brother, and son of Zeus. His symbols are the bow, lyre, and laurel.
(The shining light over your day, Apollo is worthy of praise unless you like storms.)

7. PoseidonGod of the sea. He created horses from sea foam. God of earthquakes as well. Also called ‘Earth Shaker’ and ‘Storm Bringer’. His symbols are horses, sea foam, dolphins, and a trident.
(Speaking of storms… Poseidon will mess you up. Especially me, since I live in California)

8. ErosThe primordial god of sexual love and beauty. He was also worshipped as a fertility deity.
(Babies anyone?)

9. HephaestusGod of fire and the forge (god of fire and smiths) with very weak legs. He was thrown off Mount Olympus as a baby by his mother and in some stories his father. He makes armor for the gods and other heroes like Achilles. Son of Hera and Zeus is his father in some accounts. Married to Aphrodite, but she does not love him because he is deformed and, as a result, is cheating on him with Ares. He had a daughter named Pandora. His symbols are an axe, a hammer and a flame.
(This dude is married to the Goddess of LOVE… give the boy some credit.)

10. HermesGod of flight, thieves, mischief, commerce, and travelers. Messenger of the gods. He showed the way for the dead souls to Hades’s realm. He shows up in more myths than any other god or goddess. Likes to trick people and is very inventive. Hermes invented the lyre using a turtle shell and sinew. His symbols are the caduceus and winged boots.
(This dude is just awesome because of his shoes.)

Top 10 Greek Goddesses – Krystal

1. GaiaPrimal Greek goddess personifying the Earth, the Greek version of “Mother Nature”.
(Of course she is number 1.)

2. RheaTitaness daughter of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth, in classical Greek mythology. She was known as “the mother of gods.”
(This woman betrayed her husband to save her kids from his belly. You go girl.)

3. AphroditeGoddess of love, lust, beauty, wife of Hephaestus. Ares is her lover. Eros is her son. Known as the most beautiful of the Greek goddesses. Her symbols are the scepter, myrtle, and dove.
(This woman can really mess with your life if you piss her off, but she can also bestow on you great love and happiness.)

4. ArtemisGoddess of the hunt, wild things, and the moon. Protector of the young. She became associated with the moon. Apollo is her twin brother. Artemis is a virgin goddess. Her symbols are the bow, dogs, and deer.
(I love Artemis, everything about her is good and virginal. She is the lover of nature, which I love too.)

5. AthenaGoddess of wisdom, warfare, strategy, handicrafts and reason. Sister of Ares, and is the daughter of Zeus. Sprung from Zeus’s head in full body armor. She is the wisest of the gods. Her symbols are the aegis, owl, and olive tree.
(You have to be a strong woman to be related to Ares. She is definitely on par with him as for strength.)

6. DemeterGoddess of fertility, agriculture, grain and harvest. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus. Her symbols are the scepter, torch, and corn.
(This is the mother who stopped the season in their midst for love and concern of her daughter Persephone. Don’t mess with her or you could starve.)

7. PersephoneQueen of the Underworld and the parthenogenic daughter of Demeter.
(In some ways I dislike her for being tricked to be with Hades, but she also can stand him which gives her a lot of credit.)

8. HeraGoddess of marriage, women, and childbirth. Zeus’ wife and sister. Appears with peacock feathers often. Her symbols are the scepter, diadem, and peacock.
(She may be the wife of Zeus, but I still hate the jealous b****.)

9. HestiaGoddess of the hearth and home, the focal point of every household. Daughter of Rhea and Cronus. Gave up her seat as one of the Twelve Olympians to tend to the sacred flame on Mount Olympus for Dionysus. Her symbol is the hearth.
(What can I say, she is a goddess of the caring and compassionate kind.)

10. NyxPrimordial goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of personified gods such as Hypnos (sleep) and Thánatos (death).
(I love the night… so she makes my list.)

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