|“||C'mon! Hurry up! I'm a very busy god. I have places to visit, package to deliver, and people to meet. I don't help all day to wait for your lazy ass.||„|
Hermes is a Greek god, the son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia, and the second youngest of the Olympian gods with Dionysus being the youngest. Hermes is the author of skilled or deceptive acts and also as a benefactor of mortals. In the Iliad, he is called "the bringer of good luck", "guide and guardian", and "excellent in all the tricks".
Hermes is considered a god of transitions and boundaries. He is also portrayed as an emissary and messenger of the gods; an intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He has been viewed as the protector and patron of herdsmen, thieves, oratory and wit, literature and poetry, athletics and sports, invention and trade, roads, boundaries and travelers.
Besides being the messenger of the gods, he was also the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication, alchemy, divination, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery, merchants and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld.
A diverse god, he is seen as a symbol of human unconscious and the mental world. He is equated with the Philosopher's Stone, the ultimate mystery in the field of Alchemy.
He was often accompanied by a cockerel, herald of the new day, a ram or goat, symbolizing fertility, and a tortoise, referring to Hermes's legendary invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell.
He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand.
Hermes is described as quick and cunning, moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. At times he is also regarded as a trickster and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or for the sake of humankind, because of this, he is describe to be the Greek counterpart and similar to that of Gabriel the Messenger Angel.
Hermes' job as the messenger of the gods, is similar to that of an office worker or a secretary. He knows things that few Olympian deities knows, he has many eyes and spies in everywhere. He is jovial, carefree, playful, and always jokes around, something that annoys most of the gods sometimes. But he is still responsible to his job as Zeus' messenger and secretary, if he has to lie to keep any secret he will not hesitate to do so.
Hermes is also can have some sibling love for his demigod siblings (along with Athena, Apollo, and Artemis). He has great fondness towards interesting things that mortals do. For most of the time, he always go anywhere and everywhere to relieve his stress.
Powers and Abilities
As an infant, Hermes escaped the watchful eye of his half-brother, Apollo, stole his cattle, fashioned a lyre from a tortoise shell, and snuck in a nap, all before Apollo found him missing. His father, Zeus, found the child's mischief boisterously entertaining, and awarded him the task of delivering messages for the Gods, traveling between the Heavens, Earth, and even to the depths of the Underworld.
Hermes reminded Aeneas of his mission to found the city of Rome. Mercury was assigned to escort the nymph Larunda to the underworld. Hermes, however, fell in love with Larunda and made love to her on the way. Larunda thereby became the mother to two children, referred to as the Lares, invisible household gods.
Often, however, Zeus would take Hermes with him on many of his excursions to earth to be among the mortals. On one of these trips, the two, dressed as peasants, came to a small village where they were dismissed rudely by its inhabitants. However, they knocked on the door of the small home of Baucus and Philemon. Although extremely poor, the couple, unaware of who their guests were, shared what little food and drink they possessed with the weary travelers. They were even willing to kill their only goose. Upon revealing themselves to the old couple, Zeus wanted to reward them; however, they only had one wish, that they would die together. Even though he destroyed the rest of the village, the king of the gods honored their wishes, but until that day arrived he made them caretakers of a temple he built on the site of their old home.
Myths and Legends
Hermes' attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster, the tortoise, satchel or pouch, winged sandals, and winged cap. His main symbol is the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus, which appears in a form of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. His counterparts is the Roman god Mercury and the Etruscan deity Turms.
According to the Bible, Paul the Apostle was mistaken for the messenger god while coming to preach for to non-believers about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Romans associated Mercury with the Germanic god Wotan, by interpretatio Romana.
The god's alias, Mercury, has been used to name the smallest planet in the solar system, as well as the 80th element of the Periodic table. Archeological evidence from Pompeii suggests that Mercury was among the most popular of Roman gods. The god of commerce was depicted on two early bronze coins of the Roman Republic, the Sextans and the Semuncia.
Because Mercury was not one of the early deities surviving from the Roman Kingdom, he was not assigned a flamen ("priest"), but he did have his own major festival, on 15 May, the Mercuralia. During the Mercuralia, merchants sprinkled water from his sacred well near the Porta Capena on their heads.
His name is possibly related to the Latin word merx ("merchandise"; cf. merchant, commerce, etc.), mercari (to trade), and merces (wages); another possible connection is the Proto-Indo-European root merĝ- for "boundary, border" (cf. Old English "mearc", Old Norse "mark" and Latin "margō") and Greek οὖρος (by analogy of Arctūrus/Ἀρκτοῦρος), as the "keeper of boundaries," referring to his role as bridge between the upper and lower worlds.
Mercury's temple in Rome was situated in the Circus Maximus, between the Aventine and Palatine hills, and was built in 495 BC.
That year saw disturbances at Rome between the patrician senators and the plebeians, which led to a secession of the plebs in the following year. At the completion of its construction, a dispute emerged between the consuls Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis and Publius Servilius Priscus Structus as to which of them should have the honour of dedicating the temple. The senate referred the decision to the popular assembly, and also decreed that whichever was chosen should also exercise additional duties, including presiding over the markets, establish a merchants' guild, and exercising the functions of the pontifex maximus. The people, because of the ongoing public discord, and in order to spite the senate and the consuls, instead awarded the honour of dedicating the temple to the senior military officer of one of the legions named Marcus Laetorius. The senate and the consuls, in particular the conservative Appius, were outraged at this decision, and it inflamed the ongoing situation. The dedication occurred on 15 May, 495 BC.
The temple was regarded as a fitting place to worship a swift god of trade and travel, since it was a major center of commerce as well as a racetrack. Since it stood between the plebeian stronghold on the Aventine and the patrician center on the Palatine, it also emphasized the role of Mercury as a mediator.
|“||The faster you go the harder you hit. Smack enemies in the face with your fists.||„|