Rhea Mother of the Gods

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Rhea: Mother of the Gods Many people know about Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. They are the top three of Greeks god history, but what about the goddess or titan that brought them into the world. Little is known about this Greek Goddess in spite of being described as mother of them all. According to Greek history though, without her there wouldn’t have been any gods or goddess at all. This paper will be discussing the origin of the Greek titan, Rhea. Rhea was the Titan daughter of the sky god Uranus and the earth goddess Gaia. She was the Titan mother of the gods, and a goddess of female fertility, motherhood, and generation. The ancient Greeks saw her as the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses, but not as an Olympian goddess in her own right. Her name means "flow" and "ease." the "flow" was menstrual blood, birth waters, and milk. She was also a goddess of comfort and ease. As the wife of Kronos, she represented the eternal flow of time and generations. In the Greek mythology, Rhea was the wife of the Titan Kronos and Queen of heaven. When her husband heard a prophecy that he would be destroyed by one of his children, he took each of his six children (Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera and Zeus) and ate them as soon as they were born. What Kronos didn’t know was that the last child wasn’t a child at all. When Rhea bore her youngest, Zeus, in secret and hid him away in a cave. Instead she presented Kronos with a stone wrapped in clothes which he quickly devoured. As much as I like this project as well as Greek gods and goddess, there’s not much information about Rhea. The name as well as the nature of this divinity is one of the most difficult points to find in ancient mythology. Work cited 1. "RHEA: Greek Titan Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Gods; Mythology; Pictures: RHEIA, OPS." RHEA: Greek Titan Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Gods; Mythology;

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