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Friday, July 12, 2013

Greek Goddess : Hestia



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Ever heard of the Olympian gods and goddesses?, more specifically the 12 Olympian gods? Well, they are the major deities of the Greeks, they are also known as Dodekatheon. These gods are said to live on Mount Olympus, with each possessing different powers. The twelve Olympian gods are Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Hestia, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes. Zeus is the supreme god, he is the god of sky and thunder. He shared the world with his elder brothers, Poseidon and Hades, by drawing lots: Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon the waters, and Hades the world of the dead (the underworld). But the one I admire the most is Hestia.

So, who is Hestia? She is part of the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses. Her Roman name is Vesta. Goddess of the hearth and of the right ordering of domesticity and the family; she was born into the first Olympian generation and was one of the original twelve Olympians, until she gave her throne to Dionysus in order to keep the peace, making her the most generous and gentlest of the gods. She is the first child of Cronus and Rhea, eldest sister of Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, and Zeus. Also the eldest of the Olympians.

Hestia is the youngest and the oldest in the family. She received the first offering at every sacrifice in the household. In the public domain, the hearth of the prytaneum functioned as her official sanctuary. With the establishment of a new colony, flame from Hestia's public hearth in the mother city would be carried to the new settlement. She sat on a plain wooden throne with a white woolen cushion and did not trouble to choose an emblem for herself. Most Greeks actually worship her. She is the most kind and humble of all the Olympian gods.

These traits of hers made me admire her from all the other Olympian gods and goddesses. That is how simple she is. She doesn't want any quarrels, so she gave her throne to Dionysus. Simplicity really is beauty.

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1 comment:

  1. The Ancient greek mythology cast the goddesses as protectors and stewards of the feminine aspect. They are in control of love, fertility and the bounties of the Earth. Like their male counterparts, they can have got great wisdom and stay vulnerable to rash decisions. for more information

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