What are your favorite gods in mythology?
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My favourite mythological gods would have to be Hekate, Pandora, Poseidon, and Selene.
Though was Pandora really a goddesses? I don't think so but I may be wrong
(Some of us do take the Gods seriously, BTW.)
To PhaedraB Im sorry if I insulted you in some way. I wasn't trying to or in anyway trying to show disrespect to anyones beliefs. I do take the Gods and Goddesses quiet seriously
Aurora (love the name :-), I hope I didn't come off as sounding snippy. I am very interested in mythology, but somewhat less as entertainment than as insights into human consciousness (which sounds very pretentious, but I don't know how else to express it.)
It is interesting to me that exposure to Greek myths through sources such as Edith Hamilton has made the average person expect that deities have stories about them that have some consistency and structure; that they have, for example, beginnings, middles and ends. However, many of the stories about the Gods have little internal consistency, one story to another. Many Deities have no "stories" about them at all, not in an Edith Hamilton sense. Her mythological retellings are based on literary sources, plays and poetry about the Gods, not religious literature. It's kind of like learning about Christianity by reading Ben Hur.
I don't mean to hijack the thread. Just for the record, I still have my original copy of Edith Hamilton, from my high school English class in 1964 :-)
I am on the tenth book in the "Daughters of the Moon" series by Lynne Ewing, where four (+1 in the middle) teenage girls found out they were the last things to come out of Pandora's Box, hope. They have to fight the anchient Evil, the Atrox, and it's band of Followers, strong not human (can't think of the word at the moment-lol) Atrox assistants. I reccomend it 100%!
Also, I recently finished the second Percy Jackson and the Olympians book.
Yea I started to read the Daughter of the Moon series, though I haven't gotten far, and Ive read the Percy Jackson books which I really enjoyed. Another good series is the House of Night books. This is one series that has Nyx as a strong character. Its actually about vampires, buts its pretty good. Not your typical retelling of the same vampire lore
How has eveyone's Monday been? I am doing an article for a project on Greek gods, and I've learned quite a lot since I started this afternoon. I found a particular book I liked, seeing as it has some of the gods that aren't mentioned quite as much, and I have listed them on my profile.
Have a nice evening!
The Valkyrie are awesome. I liked Loki mostly in the tale of Thor's Missing Hammer.
Top favorites though are Athena, Danu (Celtic (aka Dannan)), Anu (Celtic), Eros (Hilarious in Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter novels), and also Hades (poor guy has bad reputation when it comes to Persephone).
Still... definitely will drink to Dionysus!
My favourite gods are the Deiconsentes, and the Aesir and Vanir. Specifically I admire Apollo, Hermes, Njord, Tyr, Odin, Thor, Bragi, Janus Quirinus, Frigga, Freyr and Freyja, Aphrodite, Eros, Athena, Demeter, Juno.
"Latro in the Mist" by Gene Wolfe is a great book for reading about the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
I also like Hercules because of all the stuff he had to put up with. Lus, he joined the Avengers!
#12and 19- I also have read the Daughters of the Moon and House of Night and Percy Jackson. I recommend all of them.
In the Daughters of the Moon i wonder why the Ewing put Tianna in there just to take her right back out again.
Gods: Hermes, Hephaistos, Aeolus
It's also kind of cool that Dionysus has "wimpy" powers compared to some other gods, but they're still godly. The way he can control humans is interesting.
I'm also interested in the impact of gods like Dionysus on Christianity. I used to think Jesus was similar to Apollo but, again, over time I see more stuff about Dionysus than Apollo.
I'm very interested in Egyptian gods. That was one of my favorite parts of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Other than that I haven't read much about them though. They seem really awesome.
In Jewish mythology, Shemhazai and Azazel, the angels who had human wives and gave birth to giants, heroes and monsters are divine beings I am interested in. And semi-divine as Hercules was, Samson is a great mythic character.
The question of course was about gods. But I take that to include divine beings (after all, Thetis was not a goddess, but a nymph who was divine if not a member of the top pantheon). And for that matter mythological heroes: Odysseus tops among them.
Those are my picks today.
36- I thought Pandora was a maiden made by Hephaestus to teach mankind a lesson on curiousty. Correct me if I am wrong though. I could be.
Pandora is simply a human woman though, regardless of why she was created.
The general message of the myth: woman is curious as a bane on men. It is her fault there is evil in the world. (Although if you look at the myth more closely, it is the fault of man since it is becuase of them that she was made.)
One of my favorite books to read through at the momen isWilliam Hansen's Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans
Orpheus, though not a god, is by far my favorite hero!
Apollo definitely - I like that he is the only one who keeps in name in Greek and Roman (he's also the mentor of Orpheus so that's part of it too).
Isis and Osiris from Egypt, and the story where she travels the world to gather the scattered pieces of his body.
Ishtar from Mesopotamia
Norse - Ragnarok (doom of the gods), when Odin and Fenrir will fight until the world ends :)
And from Ireland it is definitely the Sidhe.
I'm sure there's more, but now it's bedtime...
I'm not sure of the "in mythology" part of the heading for this one, as I don't know any stories about her.
I'm Irish but don't know the language; but I've heard that Sidhe (47) is pronounced "She".
Never got interested in the Sidhe, but it comes out to a good pronoun in English, if that pronunciation is right. And one of my favorite lines in 'Joyce is
". . . a reine* of the Sidhe, a queen shebean" .
*pronounced (approximately) "wren", a f avorite animal of Joyce.
Favorite goddess? Tie between Artemis and Sekhmet.
As for stories, I love the story of Hyacinth (Apollo's gay lover), The Book of Thoth and of course Ragnarok. Oh, and that one when Thor's hammer gets stolen and he ends up dressing as Freya to get it back. Classic.