In ancient Greece Thebes was nicknamed the city of thieves being home to the shady characters of the ancient world. Many heroes went to the city hoping to make a name for themselves. It’s no surprise that many of the town believed in a God that was the trickster and messenger of the Gods named Hermes. This winged shoe God was prayed to by travelers and by those that considered themselves to be thieves.
Many know of my enjoyment of ancient mythology to the point where the middle part of my name is a dedication to the Greek Goddess of the night. Nyx was one of the first Gods created in the universe and is the mother of numerous minor gods. She is one of the few goddesses that is feared by Zeus and is part of the cycle between day and night time.
Luna has been writing for the last twenty years. Her inspiration mostly comes from nature, ancient history and classic literature. But she has also looked up to the great work of poets such as Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickens. Because her passion for writing and reading doesn’t stop at sonnets and novels,
Many of the Roman Gods and Goddesses have similar attributes for the Greek counterparts, for Venus, the Goddess of Love her Greek counterpart is Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty. Venus is always depicted in art as being a vision of purity and beauty.
In Ancient Egypt, the Sun God Ra was believed to rule in all parts of the created world; the sun, the sky, the earth, and the Underworld. He was commonly depicted with the head of a falcon. Some people mistake the images of Ra with Horus. You can tell them apart from their headdress. Ra is shown with a sun disk on its falcon head, while Horus is depicted with having a Pschent headdress, which is a double crown worn by rulers in ancient Egypt.
In Ancient Egyptian mythology the world began with the Mighty Ra, the King of the Gods and Sun God. His wife Nut was in love with another God named, Geb. In knowing this betrayal, Ra forbid Nut from having any children during the year. Nut was very saddened and wanted children, so she called on her friend Thoth, also known as wisdom. to help her.
In every culture there is an isolated world where the souls of the dead are forced to dwell. In Norse mythology those who die heroically or in battle are taken to Valhalla. The heroes prepare for the upcoming battle that would end the world. Those who died as a coward or took their own life were sent to Nifetheim, known as the world of darkness and ice. Nifetheim is the prison for these souls and Hel the Goddess of Death, is their warden.
There are many who believe that the myths and legends created by ancient civilizations were more than just stories. That these legends were recording or warning of what the Gods were known for. Loki is a God that is well-known in myths being reintroduced to the media in the most recent films for Marvel.
Many people were introduced to three of the Norse Gods. Thor, Odin, and Loki through the adaption of Marvel’s comic, Thor in 2013. The film lightly touches on the Gods but fails to go into detail of the mythology behind the characters. It is a good way to introduce those unfamiliar with Norse mythology to the characters, but additional research required to fully appreciate their roles in history.
When heroes went on great quests or adventures they would pray to the Greek Goddess Athena for guidance and protection. Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom, Goddess of Victory, and Goddess of War. She is often drawn with an owl on her shoulder dressed in full battle armor. The Goddess has been mentioned in numerous mythology legends detailing of her helping heroes and getting revenge on the misguided.