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08-20-2013, 12:51 PM #1
Greek Mythology - The Creation
In case you guys don't know. I am a fan of Greek Mythology. Not sure why, It's just always attracted me. So, I have found a site that is a good site for the myths and stories of the Greek gods and such. That will be listed with the source.
I am going to take and post the whole creation story here for you guys, then I will break it down so it's easier to understand for those who have trouble understanding Greek mythology.
Please do not assume what I say is the correct representation of this story. I can do a more in-depth study at a later time.
So, now I am going to put the text I am covering in a spoiler and then write the summed up version below.
We're going to be covering the first few paragraphs. The birth of a few of the gods.
"In the beginning there was only chaos", now this is an awkward way to start a story. Is it not? I can't really tell you exactly what it means. Let's assume this, based off of what we know. The next sentence "out of the void" is used. What's the definition for void? Let's take a look shall we?
According to definition 2 on this page void means "containing nothing".
So in nothing was chaos? If we assume the void in some way is a living creature just like the other gods, an extended period of time within a space containing absolutely nothing can be harmful. Take Castaway for example, Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) got stranded on an island with no one. Only himself, he created a friend with a volleyball just to keep himself from going crazy. Now put that in place for the "void".
That's the only logical reason I can think of at the moment for the statement "In the beginning there was only chaos".
This is the next part we will cover. It's also hard for me to explain this. So, let's list all the people/names mentioned here.
- Gaia (Gaea is not the right spelling for it)
Let's start at the top of the list.
Erebus - "the place where death resides". Erebus is basically the sign for darkness and death.
Love - Do I even need to explain?
Light/Day - If there is darkness, there must be light.
Gaia - Gaia is made to represent the Earth, or you can call the Earth Gaia if you wish.
Now to the next part!
So basically this...
Erebus + Night = Ether & Day. Does that explain it enough? Ether is called "the heavenly light" and Day is "the Earthly light".
Night, we'll assume for the sake of understanding this story, is asexual.
Out of Night came Doom, Fate, Death, Sleep, Dreams, and Nemesis. All of those are self-explanatory.
Next part is where it gets kind of weird.
Gaia is also asexual, for the sake of understanding this story. She gave for to Uranus, or the heavens.
Uranus, her son, became her partner.
Gaia + Uranus = 3 Cyclopes, 3 Hecatonchieres, & 12 titans.
Now that we've covered that whole section. We'll go paragraph/sentence by paragraph/sentence now.
Okay, obviously there were some serious family problems here.
Basically Uranus hated the 3 Hecatoncheires his wife/mother gave him. He hid them from everyone. Gaia didn't like that, she plotted to kill him. She made a weapon and asked her children to attack their father/brother. Only Cronus, the youngest of the 12 titans, had the guts to do it.
Here's there run down of the plot and attack.
Cronus cut of Uranus' balls one night while he, Uranus, was laying with his wife/mother Gaia. Like planned. Cronus threw the balls into the ocean.
Where Uranus ended up is not clear. Here are the 3 theories.
- He died
- He left the Eerth
- He exiled himself to Italy
As he left, he swore Cronus and the other Titans would be punished.
From the blood Uranus had spilled all over came the Guants, the Ash Tree Nymphs, and the Erinnyes.
From the sea, where Cronus threw the balls of Uranus, came Aphrodite.
Basically Cronus became king. He imprisoned his siblings and married his sister Rhea. Under his rule, Titans had many offspring.
He ruled for a very long time. Well, one day he got wind of a prophecy that he would be overthrown by his son. So, he decided to swallow all of his children.
Well Rhea, his wife, was sick of this. So she had a son in secret and gave it to the Nympths. Then when Cronus went to swallow the child, he swallowed a stone wrapped in cloth instead. He had no idea.
This child of Rhea that was hidden was named Zeus. So basically here's what happened.
- Zeus asked Metis on how to defeat Cronus
- Metis gave Zeus a drink that would make Cronus puke up the other 5 children
- Rhea convinced Cronus to accept Zeus
- Zeus came back to Cronus, but as a cup-bearer
- Zeus poisoned Cronus
- Cronus pukes up other 5 children (beings gods, they weren't hurt at all)
- Zeus is now their leader, the 5 children's leader that is.
Read through this, it's easy to understand!
This is the last part that we will cover. The last part of the creation story.
Here's the run down of it all...
- Zeus exiled the Titans who fought against him
- Atlas, the only Titan not exiled, was punished by holding the world on his shoulders
- Gaia was angry
- Gaia gave birth to a last son, Typhoeus.
- Typhoeus was feared so much, gods fled
- Zeus stayed and fought.
- Zeus killed him and buried him under Mount Etna in Sicily
- Later the Giants attempted to invade Olympus.
- That failed due to the help of Hercules, who killed or subdued all the Giants
That's a run down of the creation story according to Greek Mythology.
It took me about an hour to type all this an such, so please remember that when commenting on my work.
Last edited by MatthewH; 08-20-2013 at 01:06 PM. Reason: Adding Source
08-20-2013, 01:04 PM #2
Could've told you this from memory. I love Greek Mythology honestly .
08-20-2013, 01:05 PM #3
08-20-2013, 01:13 PM #4
It's one of my favorite topics honestly. And I believe ya :p
I did one of my exams in high school about Greek mythology .
08-20-2013, 01:16 PM #5
Nice! What grade did you get?
08-20-2013, 02:43 PM #6
Greek is okay but not my favorite. I like the Mesopotamia stuff as well as the Mayan and Inca stuff.
08-20-2013, 03:15 PM #7
08-20-2013, 03:20 PM #8
I'm pretty blazed and this is killing my high.
08-20-2013, 03:27 PM #9
Greek Mythology is very interesting
08-20-2013, 03:47 PM #10