Hermes
Hermes
HermesIcon.JPG Hermes' original domain was borders and boundaries; he was known as a rustic deity worshipped at the boundaries between farms to keep the herds belonging to one man separate from those belonging to another. But as the Lord of these boundaries he also had a singular power to traverse them, and soon became the patron of merchants and thieves. He also governs the art of linguistic manipulation and translation, and was said to have invented the lie— the abiity to manipulate words to represent something other than reality. He is still worshipped at the boundaries of sacred precints by the presence of statues known as Herms, blocks of stone with the head of the god on top and the phallus of the god sticking out in front, threatening with rape all who would transgress the boundaries of the sanctuary with ill-intent. Hermes.jpg

Common History

According to legend, he was the son of Zeus, king of Mount Olympus, and Maia, a nymph. Hermes was considered the messenger of the Olympic gods. As time went on, he was also associated with luck, shepherds, athletes, thieves, and merchants. He was also viewed as the protector and patron of roads and travelers. Quick acting and cunning, he was able to move swiftly between the world of man and the world of gods, acting as a messenger of the gods and the link between mortals and the Olympians.

Related Colony

Aquaria

Common Rituals

Hermes's feast was the special Hermaea which was celebrated with sacrifices to the god and with athletics and gymnastics. No documentation on the very early iterations of the festival survived. Of all the festivals involving Greek games, these were the most like initiations because participation in them was restricted to young boys and excluded adults.

Cults and Sects

A cult was established in remote regions, likely making him a god of nature, farmers, and shepherds. It is also possible that since the beginning he has been a deity with shamanic attributes linked to divination, reconciliation, magic, sacrifices, and initiation and contact with other planes of existence, a role of mediator between the worlds of the visible and invisible.

Very few dedicated temples to Hermes existed, in many places, temples were consecrated in conjunction with Aphrodite.

In the myth of Pandora, when the gods provided a trait to her, Hermes gave her the ability to lie and seduce with her words.

Hymn

Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline,
Angel of Jove, and Maia's son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind,
With heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill,
Whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
With winged feet, 'tis thine thro' air to course,
O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine,
In arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow'r endu'd all language to explain,
Of care the loos'ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod,
Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find,
And in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere,
Be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace,
Give graceful speech, and me memory's increase.

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