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Transcript of Hera
Hera is Zeus’s wife and sister, and was raised by the titans Rhea and Kronos. She has 5 siblings Zeus, Hestia, Demeter, Hades, and Poseidon. She is also the supreme goddess, goddess of marriage and childbirth and the protector of all married women. She is all about family and showed a lot of emotion towards others especially when they’re suffering and motherly instinct. She was feared and respected, because whenever she is betrayed or disrespected she would be having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge. Everyone looked at her as a jealous and violent towards others who behave illegally or dishonestly.
WHAT IS HER STORY?
HERA'S BIRTH STORY
Hera was said to be born on the island of Samos or at Argos. As will all products of mythology, no official birth dates are recorded, therefore the closest we can state is sometime around 4,000 BC during the time period that Greek Mythology supposedly covers.
WHO WERE HER ENEMIES?
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THE QUEEN OF OLYMPUS
WHAT MADE HER UNIQUE?
Hera hated the great hero of Heracles since he was the son of her husband Zeus and a mortal woman, Alcmene. When Heracles was still an infant, she sent snakes to attack him in his crib. Later she stirred up the Amazons against him when he was on one of his quest.
Hera was the reigning female goddess of Olympus because she was Zeus's wife. But her worship is actually far older than that of her husband. It goes back to a time when the creative force we call "God" was conceived of as a woman. The Goddess took many forms, among them that of a bird.
One of Hera’s personalities would be unleashing her temper on the “other woman” who is in Zeus’s life, and also on the children that were born from these union, especially Hercules. Hera also had children and their names are Hephaestus who is the god of blacksmiths, Hebe who is the goddess of health, and Ares who is the god of war. Hera means “lady” and is described as a stunningly beautiful lady, still considered beautiful even topping the beauty of Aphrodite. She was so serious about her looks and no one would be more desirable. Her vindictive nature was taken out on anyone questioning her beauty as taken out on Antigone and Paris.
HERA'S SPECIAL POWERS
Some of the special powers she has are the ability to change forms and had a resistance to injuries. She also has supernatural strength. She could also turn invisible to others. She is the goddess of heaven, the goddess of marriage and the life of a married woman and so she had the most power in these areas. She could change the nature of a marriage and what happened to the two partners, including how the woman’s birth goes and whether the husband is faithful.
At first she refused. Zeus however, who was determined, used his power to change his shape into a wretched bird. Hera, feeling sorry for the bird, lifted it to her breast to warm it. At that moment Zeus, having the advantage of surprise, assumed his normal form and raped her. She married him to recover her shame.
HERA'S POSITIVE QUALITIES
Hera, the Greek goddess of love and marriage is considered to be "Owl-eyed", beautiful, faithful, and nurturing. Even though Zeus wasn't faithful to her, she was faithful to him. She was known as extraordinarily beautiful. But today she is most known for her jealousy because of all of Zeus's other women. She represents the ability to pursue any goal we'd like to overcome. She is often associated with the peacock and cow. She showed a lot of compassion and motherly instinct. However, when Hera is betrayed or disrespected she could be very vindictive.
Another interesting fact is that Hera is said to restore her virginity each year by bathing in Kanathos, a sacred spring near Nauplia in the Argolid region of Greece. One tale suggests Hera used magic force Zeus into marrying her in a secret ceremony. Given some of Zeus's later behaviour perhaps it was a secret even from him. Other tales have Zeus seducing her, in the form of a damp cuckoo bird seeking refuge in her lap during a storm.
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Throughout Hera's marriage, Zeus was anything but faithful. His affairs were many and each one enraged Hera all the more. Because she could not directly attack Zeus for his crimes against her, she usually tormented his lovers or tried to destroy their children. Despite Hera's best efforts, Zeus fathered many mortal heroes such as Heracles, as well as having several divine children that were not by Hera. In fact, Zeus and Hera only had three children together.