Myths & Legends: The Gods of Greece

Persephone and the Pomegranate
Persephone and Hades

I have always been fascinated by the Greek Gods.  If you are new to Greek mythology, here is a quick rundown.

The gods lived on Mount Olympus in northern Greece. There were twelve original gods, but the addition of Dionysus forced Hestia to give up her seat.

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Greek God Family Tree
  • Zeus– the king of the gods.  He is the god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, and justice.  His bird was the elegant eagle, and his plant the solid, sturdy oak. He is known for using a thunderbolt as a weapon and is often associated as having relations with Cyclops.

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    Zeus: King of the Gods
  • Aphrodite– the goddess of love and beauty, known for her romance with the mortal Adonis. She also loved the mortal Anchises and thus was the mother of Aeneas, the founder of Rome. She is therefore regarded as a direct ancestor of the Romans.
  • Apollo-the god of medicine, prophesy, and music. He loved Daphne, the nymph who fled from him and was transformed into a laurel tree (the reason he is often depicted with a crown of laurels around his head).
  • Ares– the god of war.  He was a dangerous force, insatiable in battle, & destructive.   He was hated by both his parents and looked over much of the time.
  • Artemis– the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and chastity often associated with childbirth and nature. She was the twin sister of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto, a Titaness.

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    Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt
  • Athena– the goddess of wisdom, courage, and protection. Like Artemis and Hestia, she was a virgin with a plain sort of beauty.  Her animal was the owl and her plant the olive tree.
  • Demeter– the goddess of agriculture and fertility, & the mother of Persephone. Corn and wheat were her main plants. Her most famous story involves her daughter’s abduction by Hades and her quest to save her.
  • Dionysus-the god of the vine.  He was the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Semele. Many of the other gods declared they would not let Dionysus be seated in Olympia because of his mortal heritage. To keep the peace, Hestia surrendered her seat.
  • Hades– the god of the underworld, a place he drew after Zeus, Poseidon, and he divided up the kingdoms after the defeat of the Titans. Most popularly known for the abduction of his wife, Persephone.

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    Hades and Cerebus
  • Hephaestus– the god of fire and metalworking.  Son of Hera and husband to Aphrodite.  He is often regarded as the ugliest of the gods.
  • Hera– the goddess of marriage & birth. She was widely known to be jealous and vengeful towards the many lovers and offspring of her husband Zeus.
  • Hermes– the messenger god. He had a reputation for being sly and playful and could easily outwit the best.
  • Hestia-the goddess of the hearth.  As the goddess of the family hearth, she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal.
  • Poseidon– the god of the sea.  He is known as the protector of seafarers, and just like his brother Zeus,  he was a womanizer.

 

My favorite myth includes Persephone and Hades.  Hades is a true Alpha male and fell hard for Persephone.  He kidnapped her and took her to the underworld to be his wife.  Persephone missed her mother but Hades wouldn’t let her leave.  Finally, a compromise was made and Persephone was allowed to leave the underworld for four months out of the year to visit with Demeter, her mother.

The story of Persephone and Hades inspired the main characters of my novella which will be released on October 31, 2018.

Daily Observances Around the World

General Pulaski Memorial Day (United States)
International Day of the Girl Child (International) (2018 Theme: A Skilled Girl Force.  Head over to the UN Website to find out more)
National Coming Out Day
Old Michaelmas Day (Celtic) ( This is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel & the patron saint of the sea and maritime lands, of ships and boatmen, of horses and horsemen)
Revolution Day (Republic of Macedonia)

Other Observances

“You Go, Girl” Day (When I saw this, the first person I thought about was Danerys.  I posted one of my favorite clips from GOT below.  Hope you enjoy.)

General Pulaski Memorial Day
Myths and Legends Day
National Depression Screening Day (Depression is a serious illness.  It is not always something you can overcome on your own.  Know the signs.  WebMD has a lot of information.  Head over there and check it out.)
National It’s My Party Day  (Made me think of a certain movie…….)

National Sausage Pizza Day
Southern Food Heritage Day
World Sight Day

Paula Dean Fried Chicken Recipe

[courtesy of seriouseats]

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • About 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (recommended: Texas Pete)
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
  • Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil
  • For the house seasoning:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Directions

In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the house seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350°F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer then white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months

What’s your favorite southern recipe?  Leave me a line in the comments section below.  I am always looking for something new to cook up in the kitchen.

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42132018_1993653480698198_5846043139508273152_nAbout Cynthia Brandel

Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way.  Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.

Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery.  After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth.  What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up?  Who knows?  But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it in The Curse of Judas (Book 1 of the Revenant City Series).  Check out a preview of the first two chapters for free.

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