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.
Today I give you a bit more on the Anemoi ~
Boreas the North Wind and his brothers Zephryos the West Wind, Euros the East Wind, and Notos the South Wind are considered directional wind gods, that is, they are responsible for the four cardinal directions. They were born to cousins the Titan Astraeus the god of the stars and planets and his wife Eos the goddess of Dawn. As Titans begat Titans, the family of Anemoi consists of several winged gods and goddesses. I’ll go over the rest this week. Each had their personalities.
Zephryos was considered a god of springtime. It was he who breathed the gentle winds. The word zephyr, taken directly from his name, means gentle wind. But as everyone knows, winds do have a violent side. They do things like snap trees, form destructive tornadoes, vertical sheer croplands, and create wind tunnels to devil pilots.
The four cardinal wind brothers were said to father fast horses. You can see how that came about. A fast horse would appear to have wind at its back. Not only did Zephryos father Zanthus, the horse of Achilles, he also had two-legged offspring. When Zephryos took Khloris the nymph/goddess of greenery (also the Roman goddess Flora) as his wife after running her down and forcing himself on her (a common habit of the Greek gods), together they had a son — Karpos –whose name means fruit.
Zephryos was a pederast (another common practice for the ancients and their gods that went beyond simple lust). He dearly loved a prince of Sparta named Hyakinthos. One day he came upon Apollo and Hyakinthos playing a game in a meadow and it threw him into a fit of jealous rage. While the pair tossed a disc back and forth between them, Zephryos took his angry breath and blew a strong gust in their direction. So fierce it was, it caused the disc to hit Hyakinthos in the head. The young man was killed instantly. Grieving, Apollo transformed Hyakinthos into a larkspur flower.
*Interesting to mention here — the Latin name for the flower is consolidia. Apollo sought to console himself for his loss as only a god could.
*In one version I came across, the youth was named Hyacinth and so was the flower he later became. That story doesn’t mesh with the consolidia though.
Tomorrow ~ Anemoi Thyellai — introducing the Tempest-Winds
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Here’s a cliché for today:
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