The Minotaur Myth: A Tragic Tale

Minotaur

The creation and eventual killing of the Minotaur is one of the most repeated stories in Greek mythology. Perhaps it was the intriguing physical nature of the creature or its role in the heroic story of Theseus, but contemporary and modern audiences alike cannot help but want to know more about this sad creature and …

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Hades: Greek God of the Underworld

hades god of the underworld

Stern, unyielding, melancholy: Hades.  Despite being known as that one introverted god that kidnapped his niece to marry her and who has that giant three-headed guard dog, there is more to this mysterious deity than meets the eye.  Indeed, although seldom mentioned, Hades was a crucial aspect of the preformation of funeral rites for the …

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Theseus and the Minotaur: Fearsome Fight or Sad Slaughter?

Theseus and the minotaur

The fight between Theseus and the Minotaur is one of the most famous stories in Greek mythology. Theseus uses a thread of string supplied by Princess Ariadne in order to find his way in and out of the Labyrinth. In the center of the giant maze, he heroically overcomes the great and mighty beast, freeing …

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The Nine Greek Muses: Goddesses of Inspiration

Muses

The Muses: “goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes.”  Well, at least that’s what the 1997 Disney film, Hercules, makes you think. And honestly, they’re pretty on the nose with this one. Foregoing the inaccuracies of the animated film, there is something to be said about the role the Muses played. In Greek mythology, …

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The Horae: Greek Goddesses of the Seasons

Horae goddesses

The Greek gods and goddesses are numerous, ranging from the familiar Zeus to more obscure deities such as Ersa (goddess of the morning dew) down to more nebulous personifications like Hybris and Kakia. And while whole volumes have been written about the whole throng of them, there’s a less-talked about group of goddesses that have …

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The Hawaiian Gods: Māui and 9 Other Deities

Hawaiian gods

Beyond the shape-shifting trickster Māui (of Disney’s Moana fame), many people know very little about the fascinating Hawaiian mythology. Among the thousands of Hawaiian gods and goddesses there is huge variety, from the powerful and terrifying to the peaceful and beneficent. Some gods and goddesses reigned over extensive realms of utmost importance to native Hawaiian …

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