The Importance Of Hephaestus

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In Greek mythology there are many gods and goddesses who make up some people’s beliefs. One of those gods is Hephaestus, the god of fire. He is very important in Greek mythology because he was the son of Hera and Zeus, and would basically be the source for when god’s needed reliable weapons. The god of fire was a sibling to Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Athena, Ares, and Persephone (greekgoddesses.net). His children were Euklela, Eupheme, Euthenia, Philophrosyne, Thaleia, Palikoi, Erikthonios, and Kaberiroi. (greekgoddesses.net) Hephaestus was known to be very kind to others, was extremely helpful, and was very smart in terms of inventing/ creating. According to Edith Hamilton, the author of Mythology, Hephaestus, even though he was seen as very …show more content…
He had a sacred animal represent him, which was a donkey, and he symbolized fire and metalworking (www.theoi.com). The website (www.theoi.com) also states that a characteristic he had, aside from his alleged deformed face, was the fact that he would always be seen walking around with a cane. I'm sure that this in addition to his birth defects made people look at him as even more of a deformity. In conclusion Hephaestus was a very nice god who tried his best to spread peace and happiness, if only the actions were reciprocated towards him by the gods, rather than them judging him for something he can't control. It's sad to say but even in the real world, we see kind people like him being judged and “pushed down”, kind of like how he was, due to how they were born. People should be looked at for their accomplishments and success, not their appearance.

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