Our writer in residence Paul Andruss has an amazing blog of his own where he dives behind and beneath myths and legends as well as some oddities to entertain, inform and fascinate. This week he turns his spotlight on Mount Olympus and some of the shenanigans that the Gods got up to… As mere mortals we can only read and marvel….
Salmacis & Hermaphroditus become one flesh (Andruss)
Hephaestus, the club-footed blacksmith god was thrown down from Olympus after his mother, Hera, rejected him because he was deformed. Needless to say Hephaestus’ skill with forging weapons was so great, the Olympian gods needed him long before he needed them. To soften his heart Zeus, gave Hephaestus Aphrodite as his bride.
The beautiful goddess of love was not pleased and never lost an opportunity for taking her revenge by having affairs; often with other gods. The result of one such tryst with fellow god Hermes was her son Hermaphroditus.
As you would expect of any child whose mother was the goddess of love, Hermaphroditus was a bit of a stunner, but being brought up in secret, away from people and hidden from the gods for fear of reprisal, he was also naive.
Our story begins when Hermaphroditus, hot and tired from the day’s hunting chanced on a pool, deep within a shady glade, and thought to quench his thirst.
©Paul Andruss 2017
Read the rest of this myth and find out what happens to Hermaphroditus: http://www.paul-andruss.com/the-pool-of-salmacis/
You can find articles that Paul has written for Smorgasbord in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/