Greek Mythology: The Origins Of The Greek Gods

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The Greeks had a collection of mythological stories that were interesting and exciting. They believed these myths were true, worshipping the gods and making sacrifices. These myths were passed down for many years, at first being told by mouth, then they were written. In this paper, I intend on informing the reader on Greek Mythology. This topic is important because it is the base of Greek culture. The Greeks created these myths to explain how things happened or how they were created. Greek mythology is a big topic so I will be focusing on the origins of the gods, the twelve Olympians, and creatures and monsters throughout Greek Mythology. The first topic I will be covering are the twelve Olympian gods. Each god had their own things they were…show more content…
The universe started as a dark corrupt with Chaos. Somehow five divinities came into being and started creating and organizing the world. These divinities were Gaia, Tartarus, Erebus, Night, and Eros. Night and Eros had children and their child Discord had children. Gaia and the sky, Uranus, had lots of children. Their first set of children were monsters. Their second set was gods known as Titans. Uranus didn't like the Titans so he put them back inside Gaia each time they were born. Gaia was angry about this so she wanted revenge. Her titan son Cronus agreed to help. Cronus needed up cutting off Uranus’s privates and throwing them into the sea. From the blood formed monsters. From the sea foam caused by the splash into the sea formed the goddess Aphrodite. Cronus then made himself king of Heaven. He married his Titan sister Rhea and had children with her. Cronus heard a prophecy saying that one of his sons would dethrone him so when Rhea gave birth, he ate the baby whole. Rhea didn’t like this so she asked her parents for help and they came up with a plan. When Rhea had her sixth child, Zeus, she hid him on the island Crete and gave Cronus a rock the same size in a blanket. Cronus fell for it and swallowed the rock whole. Zeus lived safely on Crete. He and Gaia make Cronus throw up the children he had eaten. Inside Cronus, the children had grown into the gods Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, and Demeter. Zeus fought with Cronus and…show more content…
The Cerberus is a big three-headed dog that guards the entrance to the underworld. The hydra is a “serpent-like” monster thats heads multiply if they’re cut off. And the Chimera is a fire-breathing hybrid with the body of a lion, head of a goat, and the tail of a snake’s head. Other creatures that aren’t children of Typhoon are: Arachne is a weaver who was turned into a spider after a duel with Athena. Centaurs are half human and half horse creatures. Cyclopes are giant monsters with one eye. Harpies are bird creatures with a human female face. Medusa is a girl who was turned into a snake monster by Athena. The Minotaur is a creature with the body of a human and the head of a bull. The Pegasus is a white horse with wings who was born when Medusa’s head got cut off. Polyphemus is the Cyclops from the Odyssey. Scylla and Charybdis are two monsters of the sea who sink ships. The sirens are birdlike women who lure sailors to their doom.

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