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Zeus, overthrower - 08/27/2013
As the myth goes, Zeus, the Sky Father, was born to Rhea, fathered by Kronos, who had before this fathered other children with the Titan Goddess, but his thirst for power and his fear of losing it made him do something horrific, and he swallowed his children whole just after their births. First came Hestia, Hera, and Demeter, then Hades and Poseidon, all swallowed by their father, a great evil, for a father should care for his children, not consume them. But Rhea would not stand to lose yet another child and she travelled down to the Earth, to a place where she could be hidden, and there gave birth to her youngest child and named him Zeus. To aid her, she brought forth a nymph named Amalthea, who some say is a goat, or that she had a goat, and with its milk he was fed. She brought forth too spirits, fierce and joyful, who did a dance about the place, clanging sword upon shield to drown out the cries of the infant God. To her husband, however, she returned, as was her place in these Titanic times, and presented to him a stone wrapped in swaddling cloths, hoping that in his haste he would not notice. Notice he did not, and in his eagerness to protect his own power, he swallowed the stone down. The child Zeus would grow quickly, gaining strength, hearing of his mother's sacrifice to save him, plotting against his father, the King of All Things. When he was well grown, a beauteous youth, he presented himself to the Titanic Court, and there was made the cup bearer of the...

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