As 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.
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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