Poseidon: Greek God of the Sea

Oct 13 2011

Poseidon, best known as the mythological Greek god of the sea, is from an extremely powerful family. The powers of the world were said to be divided between him and his celebrity brothers Zeus, god of the sky and Hades, god of the underworld. Poseidon is also the god of horses and earthquakes. Neptune, the Roman sea god, is inspired from this mythological character. The dolphin, trident and three-pronged fishing spear are all symbols associated this aquatic deity.

Poseidon’s palace, made of coral and gems, is rumored to sit on the ocean floor. He would often be seen cruising around in his preferred mode of transport, a horse drawn chariot.

It is well known that Poseidon was quite temperamental. When in a good mood he would create land and keep the seas calm. When angered, however, he would wreak havoc on anything that crossed his path. He would inflict punishment by striking the ground with his trident causing a devastating flood or earthquake. It was also not uncommon that the cause of ship wreaks and drownings were attributed to his wrath. Consequently, many sailors relied on Poseidon to ensure a safe voyage. Typically they would drown a horse as a sacrifice to the marine deity in the hopes keeping him in good spirits!

Besides his unpredictable mood swings, Poseidon’s other defining characteristics were his hyper-masculinity and objectification of women (booo!!). He engaged in many love affairs with a host of partners. He fathered numerous children, both human and divine. Some of his romantic partners were game while others were not as willing to get it on! His affair with his sister, Demeter, exemplifies the lengths he went to, to pursue a partner he desired.

After becoming conscious of her brother’s lust for her, Demeter, transformed herself into a mare. She attempted to disappear by trying to blend in with the equestrian community. This plan of action, however, proved to be a failure when Poseidon saw through the deception and took on the form of a stallion. He then captured his sister and fathered her horse-child, Arion.

A defining moment of Poseidon’s godly career was when he lost the battle of Athens to none other than the Goddess Athena. Although initially ashamed and enraged by his loss, he eventually ended up cooperating and collaborating with Athena (well at least for the most part). She was even the one who actually build the first ship that sailed over the sea, Poseidon’s territory!

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