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    Cronus... the dude who ate his kids and castrated his dad

    interesting fellow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Cronus... the dude who ate his kids and castrated his dad

    interesting fellow...
    Beat you to it, whatevs.

    Yes, and he cut his dad's balls off with a sickle.

    Wackier still is that the blood and semen from the severed genitals fell into the ocean and several more deities sprang from it.
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    most famously Aphrodite... which somehow seems fitting
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    Yeah I don't know, all of them have always seemed annoying to me.

    Hephaestus was one of the rare few that seemed like a cool dude... And Hermes was sort of fascinating.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nocap View Post
    could i safely guess that most of the posters here are depositing the only name they can think of, and that the rest are googling?

    i think i could.
    it's nothing personal about the posters in the thread, i just really doubt we have this many people on the forum who know enough to have a favorite.
    Nah, that would be a pretty awful deduction. Anybody who has completed high school or who owns a television (or if not, then has been to the movies at some point in their life span) will pretty much have had a decent exposure to greek mythology.

    Hell, even the simpsons have done their take on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustHer View Post
    Yeah I don't know, all of them have always seemed annoying to me.

    Hephaestus was one of the rare few that seemed like a cool dude... And Hermes was sort of fascinating.
    I think the Greco-Roman deities and their stories are rather accessible, which helps make them popular (in westernized places, anyhow).

    Have you ever read any Hindu legends? They are nearly incomprehensible, and tend not to follow what we are use to as narrative structure. Even Indians seem to be aware of this.

    EDIT: Tends to be funnier than the Greek legends, though.
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    I like.

    Mnemosyne.

    This Titaness of beautiful hair discovered the uses of the power of reason, and gave a designation to every object, which is of the utmost importance, since without names very little could be expressed, and mortals would not be able to hold conversations with each other. But above all, she made available to them the power to remember, a great faculty upon which rest many others.

    For the mere act of being could not be apprehended without her; and man, in order to be, must be able to remember that he is, lest his very identity vanishes behind the clouds of inexplicable confusion. And once he remembers who he is, he still needs Memory in order to acquire and practise any science, art, or skill. For also knowledge is inseparable from Memory, by which all things that are and have been may be learned and recalled.

    and

    Morpheus.

    Son of Hypnos and Pasithea, Morpheus is also the nephew of Thanatos, the God of Death. This gives him a very good pedigree in the Greek Slumberland World. While his brothers Phobetor and Phantasos veer toward the more bizarre scenarios, Morpheus specialises in ultra-realistic dreams of the kind where you find yourself naked at the office party. When he stands beckoning in the twilight of your dreams, girls looking for nocturnal pleasure will be unlucky, for they will be very much on their own. We reckon further research needs to be done on this beckoning business.

    Of his private life, very little is known. He sleeps in a darkened cave with Poppy, but who is she? Vague rumors circulate that this could be Opium Poppy. Which explains a lot. Yet in most tomes of Greek geekishness he is a sadly neglected figure. Scholars appear to have dozed off at the very mention of his name and indexes bear witness to this indolence. Perhaps Morpheus himself has encouraged this fading dream memory with his metaphorical metamorphosis into a shadowy handsome figure waiting in the wings of the dusk. His legacy is Morphine, named after him and found in most medical works, so think of him as medical history.

    The Hermes Archetype is good too.

    Hermes a favored son. Emotionally distant and mentally active, well-traveled, into words, negotiations, and commerce, but avoided physical conflict. No wife or consort. Quick, mentally agile, wordsmith, crossed boundaries and shifted levels with ease, lucky, friendly, bachelor, united opposites, inventive, communicator of meaning, guide of souls a psychopomp, ability to think and act quickly (in order to achieve or deceive), rescuer of the child (saving what is innocent and vulnerable, or divine and sacred, by providing meaning for an otherwise terrible experience), problem solver (but seldom worried about right and wrong), messenger, trickster, wily, traveler between levels (integrated the realms of spirit, human life and soul), unplanned eloquence, spontaneous, acted on intuition, precocious, questioned the conventional rules of success, inventive generalist, charming, personal and experiential sexually, Jack of all trades, master of none, variety and newness may have overridden passion, the eternal adolescent living in the realm of possibilities, tended to rationalize. Hermes introduced fluidity, motion, new beginnings -- and the confusion that almost inevitably precedes new beginnings. A major way for Hermes to grow is through falling in love with a woman who thus becomes his Aphrodite. She would become the challenge, someone he yearned for, and could not have immediately, who moved him, made him vulnerable and more sensual.

    Hermes was the Master of all arts and sciences, perfect in all crafts, Ruler of the Three Worlds, Scribe of the Gods, and Keeper of the Books of Life, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus - the Three Times, the "First Intelligencer" - was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as the embodiment of the Universal Mind. While in all probability there actually existed a great sage and educator by the name of Hermes, it is impossible to extricate the historical man from the mass of legendary accounts which attempt to identify him with the Cosmic Principle of Thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The Greek gods were capricious and hellish, and not worthy of worship; but that was the godscape they were stuck with.
    So was the Bible God: I see strictly no difference, according to your definition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    So was the Bible God: I see strictly no difference, according to your definition.
    Ummmm... He didn't drink wine? Or maybe it's because he didn't have to interact with other gods.

    Anyhow, most enlighten Jews/Christians (not the wacky fundamentalistic ones) seem to try to distance themselves from the Biblically depicted God as quickly as possible, so any points about him probably seem fairly irrelevant to the audience.
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    DIONYSUS!

    Cuz he knows how to PARTAY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelGadaafi View Post
    Definitely ares. Heck i am even born in the sign of aries. He is the grand war god who loves to smack everyone for the heck of it, aswell as having his ego and genitals stroked by heavenly maidens. Bloodlusting, manly, TERROR personified. Nothing smells better, then the blood of thine enemy. Ares who like myself is propbably an EsXP, a bored Extraverted sensing deity with a nische for blood and guts.
    I would've thought you'd also pick Nike - goddess of victory.

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