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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Pagan Gods from Across the Ancient World

pagan gods

When we talk of “Pagan” gods or religions, we are inherently labeling things from a Christian perspective, as the word “Pagan” derives from the Latin “Paganus”, which was reappropriated by Christianity, first in the fourth century AD, to alienate those who did not adhere to the Christian religion.  Originally it had signified that somebody was …

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Enki and Enlil: The Two Most Important Mesopotamian Gods

Enki and Enlil

Sumer, the first of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, was made up of a number of city-states. In the manner of most ancient civilizations, each of these city-states had their own supreme god. Sumerian mythology talks about seven great deities, also known as ‘the Annunaki.’ The Ancient Mesopotamian Gods Among the many other gods worshiped …

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