You may have heard of the name Hera before and you may know that she is one of the 12 gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. Here is a list of facts that will shed more light into who this Greek goddess actually is.
5 Facts About Hera
- Hera is Zeus’ Wife and Older Sister
- Hera is the Queen of Olympus and Goddess of Marriage & Childbirth
- Goddess Hera is Associated with Jealousy and Revenge
- Hera Put Two Giant Snakes in Hercules’ Crib
- Goddess Hera Spent Some Years in Her Father’s Belly
Hera is Zeus’ Wife and Older Sister
If you think Oedipus had a twisted fate, wait till you hear this love story. Titans Cronos and Rhea had many children together, including Zeus and Hera. Zeus was the youngest child but ended up growing up away from his family in a cave in Crete. Once he reached adulthood, he returned, fought his father, and married his older sister, Hera.
Hera is the Queen of Olympus and Goddess of Marriage & Childbirth
Once Zeus overthrew his father, he became the ruler of the Gods and Goddesses and chose Mount Olympus as his kingdom. By marrying Zeus, she was named the Queen of Mount Olympus. She also took the role of the protector of marriage and childbirth. She took this role very seriously. Doing everything she could to protect her marriage from outsiders and by assisting women in childbirth. Sometimes, she used her powers to stop women from giving birth. She did this to Leto who finally gave birth to Apollo and Artemis on an island.
Goddess Hera is Associated with Jealousy and Revenge
Leto was punished by Hera for having an extramarital affair with Zeus. Goddess Hera was known for extreme feelings of jealousy and acts of revenge. Usually, she targeted the women Zeus cheated on her with, rather than her husband.
Hera Put Two Giant Snakes in Hercules’ Crib
If you know anything about the ancient Greek mythological hero, Heracles or Hercules, then you know that he survived a vicious snake attack in his crib as a baby. Hera had tried to eliminate him for being Zeus’ illegitimate child. But Heracles was a semi-god with superpowers. He fought the snakes and survived.
Goddess Hera Spent Some Years in Her Father’s Belly
The reason Zeus was raised away from his family was because Rhea, his mother, wanted to save him from his cannibal father. Cronos had overheard a prophecy that one of his children will try to overthrow him. As soon as a child of his was born, he ate it alive. That’s what happened to Hera who was later saved from her father’s belly by Zeus.
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