Theseus: A Legendary Greek Hero

Theseus

The story of Theseus casts a long shadow over Greek mythology. He stands as both a mystical hero that rivaled the legendary Heracles (a.k.a. Hercules) and slew the minotaur, and as the king who was said to have united the villages of the Attic Peninsula into the city-state of Athens.  Sometimes called the “Last Mythical …

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Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes

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When you think about the Hawaiian Islands, you will undoubtedly picture beautiful sandy beaches, expanses of blue waters and sunshine and warmth. But Hawaii Island is also home to a large number of shield volcanoes, including two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, with some others being Mauna Kea and Kohala. …

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Uranus: Sky God and Grandfather to the Gods

Uranus god

Uranus is best known as the third largest planet in our solar system. Tucked between Saturn and Neptune, and a distant seven planets away from the sun, Uranus the Ice Giant seems remote and irrelevant.  But like the other planets, Uranus was first a Greek god. And he was not just any god. He was …

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The Horae: Greek Goddesses of the Seasons

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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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