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Myth Madness: Hades

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Who could hate this guy?

Hades: God of Death, King of the Underworld, and pretty much sacked with being the villain in most every Greek mythology based movie known to man. Poor guy just drew a bad straw in life.
No really. When he and his brothers were dividing up the cosmos they drew lots to decide who got what. Hades got the worst deal and was forced into the domain of the dreary, dark, dismal underworld. Can people blame him for being a little bitter towards his brother Zeus?

Although many don’t know that he also ruled over the hidden wealth of the Earth such as fertile soil and precious metals. So at least he’s got that going for him.

Hades, probably sick of the only people to visit him being dead, decided he wanted some companionship. So, he asked his brother Zeus for one of his many daughters as a bride. Zeus offered up Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, fully knowing the girl would put up a fight. Hades forcibly brought Persephone to the Underworld against her will but Zeus brought her back after her mother unleashed a great dearth across Earth until Persephone was returned. It was either get Persephone back or all of mankind would be killed. Quite the ultimatum.

Hades has remained as a strong presence even in modern society. Of course many people know that Pluto (which IS a planet and nothing anybody says will ever convince me otherwise!) was named after the Latin word “Pluto” that was derived from the Greek title “Plouton” which means “the Lord of Riches”. But Hades is probably most commonly known for the cartoon depiction in Disney’s Hercules, he has starred in many other movies such as Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

You can even date Hades in the Japanese dating game called Kamigami no Asobi.

What a dream come true. Look how far mythology has come.


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This entry was posted on 09/09/2014 by in Myth Madness.
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