Monday, 7 October 2013

Hermes

Hermes

                                                      Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia, the daughter of Atlas. He was born in a cave of Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. According to legend, after first hours of Hermes birth, he escaped from his cradle, went to Pieiria and stole some oxen of Apollo. To prevent from being discovered by tracks, Hermes put boots on cattle's feet and led them to Pylos. Hermes sacrificed two oxen, pinned up thier hides on rocks, boiled some meat for his meal and burned the rest what was left of those two oxen. At same time he offered sacrifices to 12 gods, so Hermes is probably called the inventor of divine worship and sacrifices.
Infant Hermes and Maia

                                          From the tortoise-shell that he found there, while having a meal, he made a lyre with binding strings made from cattle across the shell and also a plectrum for the lyre. Apollo, by his prophetic power, had discovered the thief, and went to Cyllene to charge him with it before his mother Maia. She showed Apollo the child in its cradle. Apollo took the boy before Zeus, and demanded back his oxen.  Zeus commanded Hermes to comply with the demand of Apollo, but Hermes denied that he had stolen the cattle. However when Hermes saw that his assertions were not believed, he conducted  Apollo to Pylos, and restored to him his oxen. But when Apollo heard the sound of the lyre, he was so charmed that he allowed Hermes to keep the animals. Hermes now invented the syrinx, and after having disclosed his intention to Apollo, they became friends.
Hermes, the messenger of Zeus

 Apollo presented Hermes with his own golden shepherd,s staff, thought him the art of prophesying by means of dice. Hermes promised Apollo never to steal anything from him again. Zeus impressed with Hermes and appointed him as his personal messenger. Hermes was messenger of the gods and the conductor of the dead to Hades. As a messenger he was god of road and doorways, and the protector of travelers and even thieves. 

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