Monday, December 21, 2015

Hephaestus: God of blacksmiths

Hephaestus at the Forge.
Hephaestus at the Forge.
Hephaestus (Ἥφαιστος) is the Greek God of blacksmiths, craftsmen, fire and volcanoes. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, donkey, hammer, tongs, and quail. Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera, although in another version of the Greek Myth, he is Hera's parthenogenous child. Hes is living in mount Olympous although initially he was thrown out of heaven due to his deformity.

Smithing God 


As a Greek smithing god, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in mount Olympus and embedded with divine powers. He has his own palace in mount Olympus, containing his workshop. Hephaestus built automatons of metal to work for him, including twenty bellows that worked at his bidding. According to Greek Myths, he crafted the winged sandals and helmet of the messenger of Greek gods Hermes,  the famed girdle of Greek goddess of beauty and desire Aphrodite, Helios' chariot, and the bow and arrows of the Greek god of love Eros. He also crafted items for the mythical heroes including the armor of  Greek hero Achilles, and Hercules' bronze clappers.

Hephaestus hands in the new Achilles' armor to Thetis.
Hephaestus hands in the new Achilles' armor to Thetis.

Hephaestus' Personal Life


During the first years in Earth, Hephaestus wanted to take revenge of Hera for rejecting him from mount Olympus. He sent gifts to Olympus, including a throne for Hera. But it was actually a trap, and Goddess Hera bound to the chair. Hera offered the hand of the, goddess of love, Aphrodite the god who could release her. God Ares attempted to bring Hephaestus back to Mount Olympus but he failed. Greek God of wine and celebrations, Dionysos suggested that Hephaestus should return and claim the prize of Aphrodite for himself. The problem is that  Aphrodite was the lover of Ares. This resulted in one of the most famous affairs, between Ares and Aphrodite.

Eventually, Hephaestus discovered Aphrodite’s affair with the God of the War Ares, with the help of Helios, the all-seeing Sun. He planned a trap and while Aphrodite and Ares lay together in bed. Hephaestus ensnared them in an unbreakable very small chain-link and dragged them to Mount Olympus to humiliate them in front of the all other gods for revenge. The gods laughed at the sight of naked lovers, and the god of the seasPoseidon convinced Hephaestus to free them and that Ares would pay a fine.

Hephaestus also tried to rape goddess Athena. According to Bibliotheca, Athena visited Hephaestus for to ask for new weapons. During this period he was collapsed from the actions and Aphrodite and he started hunting Athena to and rape her. After he caught her, Hephaestus tried to rape her without success. At the end, he finished at the legs of Athena. Athena, cleaned herself and from the semen dropped to the earth, Erikhthonios born.