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Melinoe
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Published: January 4, 2018

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(Music: Peter Gundry - As Shadows Fall)

Melinoe is Greek goddess of ghosts,bringer of nightmares and madness. ghost emoticon 
She was the daughter of Persephone and Hades (Or Zeus in another version, disguised as her husband Hades... And, to all other things, Zeus becomes angry upon learning of the pregnancy and rends her flesh, trying to kill the child. Zeus, you're a piece of shit, you know?) 


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RavenSongBird's avatar
Oh my Gosh, she's my dream girl! 

-She's pretty

-She's Goddess of ghost, nightmares, and madness

-She's the daughter of my OTP(Hades and Persephone)

She is everything I ever wanted
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Ehsol-namu's avatar
Yes, Zeus is a piece of shit. Worse then shit. He's nuclear radiation. What else is new? 
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SansansDoodle's avatar
beautiful work :)
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aranwion1234's avatar
Zeus is really given a bad rep cause of the myths but the reason he’s got so many lovers is because, before the twelve olympians became standard place across Greece, each city had their own deities. As Hera became the dominant figure of Zeus’ wife, the other cities still had Zeus married to a local goddess who then got demoted to being simply a lover. Also, every city’s leader/king wanted to show descent from Zeus so they gave Zeus a lover that gave them that ancestry from him. I hope this redeems him quite a bit, since he’s supposed to be the god of justice, law and order haha :)
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RebellingLemming's avatar
RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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NekomancerTori|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Zeus and Poseidon are allowed to have kids, but good guy Hades can't have ONE with his wife? damn Zeus you petty.
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Cthonic-Princess's avatar
Melinoe's parentage is really interesting. It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were the same god.

This is because Zeus was portrayed as having an incarnation in the underworld identifying him as being Hades and leading to Zeus and Hades essentially being two representations and different facets of the same god and extended divine power.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

The idea of defining Zeus as Hades has been present in Ancient Greek literature from Homer to Nonnos.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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Ehsol-namu's avatar
It's very possible that Zeus's chthonic aspects were separated into a brand new being called Hades after the dark ages of Mycenaean Greece. I'd never quite understand why the underground and death aspects of greek culture suddenly got pushed out after the dark ages, but considering what happened about that (Jesus and etc) and Osiris sorta replacing Anubis, im starting to see a pattern. 
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Hades was actually associated with Dionysus long before he was associated with Zeus; as Dionysus is believed to have been originally a god of death and rebirth during the Mycenean period. In fact, there is extensive evidence to support the idea that Hades and Dionysus were seen as the same god, and that 'Hades' was simply a subterranean cover name for Dionysus.

The association between Hades and Zeus was a slightly later addition; as Zeus had always been associated with the sky, and never with the earth nor the underworld, something which is obvious by Zeus' lack of associated titles.
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Ehsol-namu's avatar
That's a lot of new info, tho i did know that Dionysus was related to Zeus. Dio means Zeus, i've been told. But besides that, this some new info. Where did you learn them?? Can you give me links to site, documentaries, books? 
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protophanes|Professional General Artist
Heart 
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pablobi001's avatar
Makes me think of The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer, where Zeus finally gets what he deserves. 
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AienmasArt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your art
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Extremol|Hobbyist General Artist
The woman on the bottom is doing the Naruto run :P
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Haelkes's avatar
This is so beautiful.
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clovercarmen5|Student Digital Artist
does zeus ever have a moment where he is not  total douchbag? 
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blanchybaby|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Very haunting (no pun intended) 😁
How do you pronounce melinoe?
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underworld-elegance|Professional Traditional Artist
This might be my favorite
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Ice-Star-Pony|Hobbyist General Artist
Zeus really is a massive piece of shit, and one that really gets around, too. Any guy sitting in the good ol' 'Mythological rapists' category on Wikipedia isn't exactly going to be a bag of sunshine.
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But wait...isn't Zeus also her dad? So he possibly disguises himself as his brother to rape his daughter and she has his grandchild?..... Sounds like something Zeus would do
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Cthonic-Princess's avatar
It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were essentially the same god.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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I certainly hope that it wasn't Zeus that begot this child! Persephone is his daughter, but then this is the Olympians, incest means nothing to them and this is Zeus who has seduced his sisters, raped his mother, and a number of mortals and nymphs. You, know, for a god afraid of his son killing him and taking over in his place, you'd think he'd keep it in hid pants.. er.. toga.
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Cthonic-Princess's avatar
It's important to note that the Orphics believed that Zeus and Hades/Plouton were essentially the same god.

The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe also references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus.

Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the guise of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries.

The different cultures of the Hellenes had different traditions that were then looped in under the worship of the Theoi. Some stories were later changed for continuity and many different things were said about many different characters. In Hesiod’s Theogony, for example, there are two different parents for the Muses– in the same poem no less!

Aside from the Orphics, it is believed that Melinoe being called the daughter of Zeus is due to her being syncretised. You can read more about it here: therkalexander.com/post/715041…

Growing up, my Hellenic grandmother told me that Makaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus were Hades and Persephone's children; despite the fact that ancient sources claimed otherwise. Though there are ancient sources confirming that Hades and Persephone had children without naming them.
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RoxanneMilson|Professional Digital Artist
Your style is so gorgeous, in love :heart:
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