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Hermes

Hermes - Messager god
Essay written by Jamecca
The idea of gods and goddesses began as far back as the ancient Egyptians, but the ancient
Greeks were the first group to form a religion based on gods and goddesses. They believed
that the gods and goddesses were not different from humans. Some of the few ways humans
were different from gods were that the gods were stronger and lived forever. Since the
Greeks believe in many gods, they are Polytheists.


The gods and goddesses were thought to control different parts of the universe. For
example, Zeus is the king of the gods, controlled weather. Or like Athena who was the
goddess of wisdom. You learn about different gods and goddesses in myths. A myth is a
story about a god or goddess. Homer, a blind poet, is famous for telling myths. He told
myths because no one could read or write.


Hermes (Latin name Mercury) is the messenger of the gods. He is the fastest of all the
gods and goddesses. He is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is a guide who knew the way to the
underworld. So he would show the dead souls the way to the underworld. Hermes is also
known as the patron of traders, merchants, thieves and everyone who lived by their wits.


Some characteristics of Hermes include his ingenuity, knowledge, creativity, and is known
to be very cunning. He is also quite good at gymnastics. Hermes is an incredibly clever
god. He found a tortoise outside of his cave and displayed his godly talent by placing
strings over the shell, inventing the first lyre. As a child he was very precious, even
for a god. But he caused a great deal of trouble. But one day, he went too far and learned
a very important lesson.


Hermes is a master thief. He started his career as a thief before he was more than a few
hours old! It was his intelligence and theft abilities in the following myth that won him
recognition as a god.


The worship of Hermes began in his birthplace, Arcadia. People of Arcadia would hold
festivals called Hermaea in his honor. The sacrifices offered to him included honey,
incense, cakes, pigs, lambs, and young goats.


One of the most famous myths about Hermes shows his extreme intellect. One day after his
mother fell asleep, Hermes tip-toed to the pasture where his brother Apollo kept a large
heard of cows. Thinking of mischief, he picked the fifty best cows. To keep Apollo from
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