All in the family

rainAs long as my bad weather lasts, or longer if this topic is interesting enough, I’ll be discussing the ancient gods and goddesses of many cultures who were said to influence the weather. I’ve started my series with the Theoi Meteoroi — the weather gods of Ancient Greece.

Here’s another~

Chione or Khione – both pronounced with a K and silent h

Chione/Khione was the daughter of the god mentioned in yesterday’s post — Boreas the North Wind and Oreithyia, the lady of cold mountain winds. She was also the goddess of snow, in fact her name comes from the Greek word for snow. As it is for her mother, several immortal figures bear this name. That muddies the waters a bit research-wise. Very few myths actually mention this particular goddess, though the name does turn up for the others.

In some stories Khione the snow goddess becomes the lover of Poseidon and bears him a son. So afraid of her father’s wrath, she throws the babe into the sea. Poseidon rescues the boy, names him Eulompus , and takes him to Ethiopia to be raised by his daughter Benthesikyme. Eulompus thrives and grows up to be one of the first priests of Demeter and also one of the founders of the Eleusinian Mysteries. From here his story takes a fascinating direction, but I won’t go there today.

In one story Khione bears a child by an unknown man and the Fates kill her immediately after her daughter is born. In another story, Khione isn’t the daughter of Boreas, but rather his consort. In yet another version, because Khione was raped by a peasant in Egypt, Zeus commanded Hermes to transport her to the clouds. When he did, snow fell on the desert.

Tomorrow ~ more!


For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
There are 88 entries to come.

Here’s a cliché for today:

A snowball’s chance in hell


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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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4 Responses to All in the family

  1. Ray G says:

    I absolutely love Greek Mythology. Some of the legends of the gods and goddesses were based on real people that was repeated over many generations until they were no longer real.
    Have you read Jaqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s…” stories? She takes myths from just about all European and some Asian myths and combines them into stories that are as thick as reference books.

    • Her books look terrific, Ray. I hadn’t heard of her before.

      I love the Greek myths too. Myths in general. I cut my teeth on an old copy of Bulfinch’s Mythology..can’t say enough about that book. You can get the free download here if you don’t already own it.

      Many of the roots that stretch back through time owe their origins to a true seed. My Witchy Wolf series is like that. I wrote it around ancient legends and urban sightings. Fun to do. The first two books wrote themselves. I sure with the third would!

  2. I’ve noticed in Irish myths and legends as well that a goddess is often referred to as both the consort and daughter of a god. At first I thought it was due to multiple versions over different generations, but lately I wonder if perhaps in those days the daughter often became the consort?

    Speaking of interesting mythology books, I recently found one in a used bookstore. It’s called Parallel Myths by JF Bierlein (who also wrote Living Myths). It takes a look at the common threads woven through the world’s great myths.

    Just catching up now as a weird virus put me under for a full week. Love this series of blog posts, Rose.

    • I hope you’re feeling better. Summer colds are the worst, in my opinion. Here, have a fever with your heatwave. Yuck.
      That book sounds terrific. I found it on and got a copy. If you’ve never used that site to buy books, sometimes you get very lucky.

      A while ago I came across a publication through a university, (can’t remember which but I’m working on it!)that said the brother/sister marriages of the ancients weren’t exactly siblings. True they might be first cousins, but calling someone “brother” or “sister” had more to do with fealty than family. Likewise with “daughter” or “son”. I grew up calling the friends of my parents aunt and uncle. Perhaps it was simply a matter of address.

      The gods may have had their divine relationships within the family. The Bible has these stories too. Where did all the people come from to pupulate the earth after the big flood, and who came from where after Adam and Even left the garden? The royals of many cultures did that too. Here I’m thinking it’s that divine connection royals declared to have that convinced them it was ok to marry in the family. It doesn’t take many generations before you see genetic decay in the form of madness and birth defects. I believe this is why there is taboo.

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