Hephaestus, Blacksmith to the Gods

~I’ve always liked reading and learning about different Gods and Demons, this awesome oil painting of Hephaestus by Lee Roswell inspired me to look up Hephaestus and see if there was some interesting info I didn’t know.
He was actually a pretty important guy, as blacksmith to the Gods he made all of the thrones and weapons in Olympus. Even married his sister Aphrodite in a marriage that was arranged by their father Zeus to stop her uncles and the other gods from fighting over her only for her to end up cheating on him with their brother Ares, Olympus was like one big Jerry Springer episode, but they needed to go on Maury because Aphrodite had a child at that time not knowing who the father was, but most likely belonging to either Hephaestus or Ares.

Hephaestus
Hephaestus, Son of Zeus, Blacksmith of Olympus

The Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, masons, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, forges, fire and volcanoes.
~HEPHAESTUS~
– His equivalent in Roman mythology is known as #Vulcan – In Greek #Mythology, #Hephaestus was the son of the king and queen of the #Gods, #Zeus and #Hera 
-He made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly Athens.
-Hephaestus’ symbols are a smith’s hammer, anvil, and a pair of tongs.
-The #Cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos. He was connected with the archaic, pre-Greek Phrygian and Thracian mystery cult of the Kabeiroi too, who were also called the Hephaistoi, “the Hephaestus-men”, in Lemnos.
-One of the three Lemnian tribes also called themselves Hephaestion and claimed direct descent from the god.

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-Hephaestus also built automatons of metal to work for him. This included tripods that walked to and from Mount Olympus. He gave to the blinded Orion his apprentice Cedalion as a guide. Prometheus stole the fire that he gave to man from Hephaestus’s forge. Hephaestus also created the gift that the gods gave to man, the woman Pandora and her pithos. Being a skilled blacksmith, Hephaestus created all the thrones in the Palace of Olympus.
-The Greek myths and the Homeric poems sanctified in stories that Hephaestus had a special power to produce motion. He made the golden and silver lions and dogs at the entrance of the palace of Alkinoos in such a way that they could bite the invaders.

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-Hephaestus is given many epithets. The meaning of each epithet is:
Kullopodíōn – “the halting” (Κυλλοποδίων)
Khalkeús – “coppersmith” (Χαλκεύς)
Klutotékhnēs – “renowned artificer” (Κλυτοτέχνης)
Polúmētis – “shrewd, crafty” or “of many devices” (Πολύμητις)
-For a short time he was married to Aphrodite, but it was an arranged marriage by Zeus to stop the other gods from fighting over her fearing a war that would end Olympus. They had 1 child, but there was a chance it wasn’t his.
-She was also sleeping with Ares, so Hephaestus made an unbreakable and invisible net to trap them both. It worked and he drug them to the gods in the net to be judged, but they just thought the sight of him dragging their naked asses in a net was hilarious and no one was punished although Hephaestus did demand the wedding-purse that he paid for her to be returned.
-His children and their mothers included:
Aglaea – Eucleia, Euthenia, Eupheme, and Philophrosyne.
Aetna – The Palici, Cabeiro, and The Cabeiri.
Gaia – Erichthonius, Anticleia, and Periphetes
By unknown mothers – Ardalus, Cercyon, Olenus, Palaemonius & Argonauts, Philottus, Pylius, and Spinter.

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