i thought this was pretty cool, this is basically the creation myth as i see it
Mythology: What is the main Greek creation myth?
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jmt1988 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:27:18 -0500 CDT
jmt1988 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:23:36 -0500 CDT
Hello there, im new to this forum, so im just getting into all this lol. Anyone ever read about the Greek Creation myths and the generation of gods? I found it really interesting, I don’t know how accurate the dummies books are, but reading through I found it quite interesting! Basically, in the beginning there was Chaos, Darkness covered the land, it was exactly nothingness but just a shapeless, formless existence. After this came the 5 divinities, Gaia (Mother Earth), Night (The darkness that covered the earth), Tartarus(The underworld), Erebus(The darkness that inhabited the underworld) and Eros (Love) From this it was said that Night and Erebus gave birth to Hemera (Day) and Phos (The light covering the day), then Night and Erebus gave birth to quintuplets known as Death, Deceit, Doom, Misery and Discord. Discord then gave birth to another 4 children, Murder, Slaughter, Battle and Crime. All very interesting I know! But evidence? I know its "Mythology, but my friend asked me the other day about evidence stating this. Further on I read about Gaia and Uranus (Father Heaven)'s first 3 children which came after those divinities. Basically it is said that their first 3 born were monsters with 100 heads and 50 hands known as Hekatoncheries. After this came the next 3 children which were the Cyclops, three in particular known as Brontes (Thunderer), Steropes(Lightening flash) and Arges (Shining Guy), it was these guys that would eventually become employed to create and assist Zeus with lightening bolts. All good fun hehe, well after them came the 2nd generation of gods known as the 12 Titans, and then the 3rd generation known as the Olympians, which came about from the Titans anyways because of Rhea and Cronos who had basically a repercussion of the same situation as Gaia and Uranus when he tried to prevent the birth of the Titans, thus eventually creating the Giants, The fates( i think) and Aphrodite who first came into world among the shores of Cyprus, which is why she is also known as Cyprian Aphrodite. Rhea and Cronos then gave birth to the Olympians, Cronos's idea did not work when he thought swallowing his wife was going to prevent anything like that, but instead came about from his head lol! This is more or less the basic outline, except from Prometheus stealing fire from the God’s, by lighting his torch into the sun and bringing it down to earth so the humans could cook food, warm their homes and live better lives. Prometheus being the creator of humans thought it would be a good idea at the time, but Zeus didn't, he was furious! When Zeus found out he bound Prometheus to the Caucasus rocks and everyday a crow would come by and peck out his liver which would eventually grow back every night. This brought about Pandora and her jar, not box! Jar. In Greek Mythology Zeus is said to have created her with a jar, as the anti life, more or less the companion to life, being that everything is about balance, this would level the playing field for the humans. Basically Zeus told Pandora not to open this box, but then she was created to be curious so ended up opening it and unleashing all the horrible things that exist in the world today, but left one thing inside, Hope. Now this can be seen in two ways, could be seen as the glass half full or half empty scenario. Firstly being that when Pandora released the evil into the world it was said Hope remained inside the jar because this is the one thing that remained feasible to humans and the other being that Hope is the one thing that humans had kept from them which is why we believe in hope but faintly achieve through it. This is more or less the basic outline to the creation stories, obviously its alot more in-depth when read properly, but what do you guys think??
lark2u Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:10:03 -0500 CDT
my question is recently although not familar with myth i ran across a piece that spoke of two sisters one described as true to god pure with wings of an eagle and then the other it said , i went back to reread it and havent' found it is anyone familar or can give me a clue to this
Gatdan777 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 19:24:51 -0500 CDT
I am trying to find the main Greek belief on how the world came too be. I can only find little bits and I want the full story. So if anyone could help me out that would rock.
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