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Friday, March 26, 2010

Hera: Virgin Mother

"Hera, queen of the Olympian deities. She is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and wife and sister of Zeus was mainly worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. It is said that each year Hera's virginity returns by bathing in the well Canathus. The children of Hera and Zeus are the smith-god Hephaestus, the goddess of youth Hebe, and the god of war Ares. According to some sources, however, her children were conceived without the help of a man, either by slapping her hand on the ground or by eating lettuce: thus they were born, not out of love but out of lust and hatred."
Hera had other problems as well.  Notably, jealous bitch.  Maybe she's so unhappy because every year, her virginity returns.  Can you imagine?  Having to start all over, year after year after year.  What a tedious ritual.  It must really get on her nerves, and who could blame her?  Plus, how does she explain those two children?  The idea of a virgin birth is a bit far fetched.  Mary pulls it off in the Old Testament, but just barely.
"Hera." Encyclopedia Mythica. 2010. Encyclopedia Mythica Online.  26 Mar. 2010
Image: Marc Travanti

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