The Man, the Myth
Zeus is the most messed up God in Mythology , and I’ll tell you why.
Greek mythology is wonderful. It has given us great architecture, epic poems and our good ol' fictional trio of Percy, Annabeth and Grover from the Percy Jackson series. Geek Mythology comprises of various myths told by Ancient Greeks and through Ancient Greek folklore, and is a part of religion concerning Greek Gods and heroes.
Just like The Trimūrti, here we have Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.
So, who is Zeus?
The Olympian God of the Sky and the God of Thunder, the king of all Gods and men, and, consequently, the chief figure in Greek mythology, the son of Cronus and Rhea, but most importantly, the reason why most of these myths (or even their characters) exist.
Both immortals and mortals referred to him as father, to represent his status and also because in ancient Greece there is a 50% chance that he is actually your father.
I believe that greek mythology mostly revolves around Zeus and his various flings with a lot of pretty ladies.
Zeus and incest go hand in hand, like a cute old couple. There are multiple myths on how Zeus couldn’t keep it in his pants - these included him and his direct relatives as well.
To begin with, Zeus was married to Hera, his sister.
Zeus also went ahead and got involved with Demeter, who is also his sister, and had a daughter with her - Persephone.
Zeus and Aphrodite - father and daughter. Once, Zeus tried to have his way with her on the island of Kypros. But the love goddess managed to escape his pursuit.
Later she had an affair with Zeus.
Zeus was less than a faithful husband to Hera. Hera, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, however, never had a happy or peaceful marriage. Zeus continued to have love affairs with Goddesses, nymphs, and mortals after his marriage. Through his trysts he fathered Hercules, Hermes and Dionysus. His brief involvements included boys as well. Zeus’ parade of involvements evoked Hera’s anger and caused quite the marital tensions between the two. Hera, because she couldn't control her husband, took out her anger on the women Zeus slept with, sometimes torturing them with an eternity of being stung by a fly and/or trying to murder them.
Two women pitted against each other because of a guy… sounds like something that still happens.
When humankind frustrated Zeus, he decided to wipe them out. With the help of Poseidon, Zeus raised the waves so high that everyone died except Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha. They survived the flood in an ark.
Right now I’m frustrated with humankind and the situation gets worse each day, can I expect a sudden apocalyptic flood to rectify the situation?
2019 sucked, at least it did for me and I’d like to blame Pandora for it. If she never opened that box, probably the year would've been better. Zeus entirely engineered The Pandora box incident.
Pandora was the first human woman, who was created by Hephaestus and Athena, on Zeus' orders. Even though Prometheus warned his brother Epimetheus to not accept any gifts from Zeus, he accepted Pandora, who was created to enchant humans. Zeus “blessed” her with insatiable curiosity, and then gave her a box, and told her to never open the box. You know where this is going, and what happened with Pandora's box. This box contained everything evil and wretched. The guy really disliked humans, didn’t he? (Until it came to satisfying his libido.)
Obviously, every character in Greek mythology is pretty flawed or significantly messed up, though Zeus sets an unprecedented standard. He just does things because, why not? He's the king of the gods, and will forever be remembered as such. Even though he made a habit of doing some pretty weird things. Or just being a horrible person in general. Whichever tickled his fancy in the moment.
By Iksha Sinha