Atum: The Egyptian Father the of Gods

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Death is a phenomenon that is surrounded by different rituals and ceremonies in any given culture. Some see a dead person as the definite ending to that person, claiming that somebody ‘passes away’.  On the other hand, some cultures don’t see somebody ‘pass away’ when they are considered dead, but somebody rather ‘passes on’. Either …

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Echidna: Half Woman, Half Snake of Greece

Echidna

Ancient Greek myths are filled with terrifying monsters, from child-gobbling bogeymen to enormous serpent-like dragons, ancient Greek heroes encountered them all. One of the most famous of these monsters is the  flesh-eating female monster called Echidna.  In Greek mythology, Echidna belonged to a class of monsters called Drakons, which translates to Dragon. Echidna was a …

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Ceres: Roman Goddess of Fertility and the Commoners

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On the first of January in 1801, an Italian astronomer by the name of Giuseppe Piazzi discovered a whole new planet. While others were celebrating the new year, Giuseppe was busy doing other things. But, you got to give it to him, discovering a new planet is quite impressive. Unfortunately, it was a bit less …

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Iapetus: Greek Titan God of Mortality

Iapetus

Familiar as we are with the names of the major Olympian gods like Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and Hades, it does come as something of a surprise when we learn that these mighty gods were not the originals. There existed before them an entire race of beings, immense in both stature and power, who were …

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Nyx: Greek Goddess of the Night

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Have you ever looked at the night sky to marvel at its beauty only to be unnerved by its vast, unending darkness? Congratulations, you’ve had the same thought process as someone in ancient Greece. Maybe even a god or two.  (Sort of.)  In ancient Greece, the night was accepted to be a beautiful goddess named …

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Pagan Gods from Across the Ancient World

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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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