Mythology is the study of myths, and throughout the ages there have been plenty of myths, from Egyptian mythology to Greek to Norse to new age religion. Mythology helps to explain our world around us. Usually from mythology comes religions, and all religions have gods. Each culture has a religion and each religion has gods that explain every aspect of life in the mortal world. One of the best known gods from all mythology is the Greek god Zeus. Zeus has a long history full of devious plots, vicious wars, scandalous adultery, and a difficult rising to power.
Before Zeus was born, his grandmother, Gaia, gave a prophecy to Zeusâ€™s father, Cronus, the second ruler of the universe and a titan. The prophecy said that one of Cronusâ€™s children would rise up and overthrow Cronus. So in order to prevent his prophesized dethroning, Cronus ate each of his children as they were born. Cronus had five children before Zeus was born, these being: Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. Rhea, Zeusâ€™s mother, wanted to stop Cronus from eating her children. So when Zeus was to be born, Rhea went to the island of Crete and in a cave on Mount Dicte gave birth to Zeus. In place of Zeus, Rhea wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes and gave it to Cronus. Cronus did not think about it twice and ate the stone, thinking it was Zeus. Back on the island of Crete, Zeus grew up in a golden cradle that hung from the trees so that Cronus would not be able to find Zeus on the earth, in the seas, or in the air. Zeus was nursed by the divine goat Almathea and protected by the Curetes. The Curetes were young boys in military outfits that performed a war dance so that Cronus would not hear baby Zeusâ€™s cries (Leadbetter) (â€œFrom Myth to Eternityâ€) (Zeus Publications).
Zeus grew up bitter and wanting revenge on his father and freedom for his brothers and sisters. So in order to win his brothers and sisters freedom, Zeus received help from Metis. Metis gave Cronus a potion that made him...
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