Facts about Poseidon – Knowing the Greek God of the Sea

The reputation of being a greedy, bad-tempered and moody Olympian god is always linked to the Greek God of the Sea, Poseidon. His attitude usually manifest whenever he is insulted.  For instance, this transpired when Cyclops Polyphemus made him mad. This was the time when he blinded the creature. He was triggered to do such because of how Odysseus insulted him. These are some of the facts about Poseidon.

The father of Poseidon is Cronus, while his mother is Rhea. There are stories saying that Cronus swallowed him. This also happened to Hera, Hades, Hestia and even Demeter. However, there are other folklore stories that want to prove this otherwise. It was said that Zeus did not go through such, like Poseidon. This only happened because Rhea wanted to conceal the god. This was done against a heavy flock of lambs. This was the time when he pretended as if he had given birth to colt. It was said that Cronus devoured them instead.

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There came a time when the gods were able to defeat the Titans. When this occurred, the world was then separated into three. These were categorized according to Poseidon, Hades and Zeus. In deciding what they would rule, they drew straws. Zeus was able to get the skies, Poseidon the sea, and Hades the underworld. This divide was only given a reference once. This is seen in Iliad by Home.

Other information about Poseidon

Poseidon will always be popular for being the God of the sea.  This is his territory. He will always protect the waters so that safe passage can be assured. This dominion was allotted by Poseidon right after the Titans fall. As mentioned, Hades and Zeus were the siblings of Poseidon.

Since he is powerful in the sea, many would worships him. This is a way for a smooth navigation to be enjoyed and realized in the journey. Aside from help people on the sea seek, Poseidon also has a reputation for being the fertility god. This is why his named is called by couples who want to have a child.

In Greek, the meaning of Poseidon is husband. His image is always linked to a three-pronged spear, or trident. This is associated with art all the time. Poseidon has the ability to strike off the ground. He can do this with the presence of his trident alone. Earthquake may also occur this way. This is one of the reasons why he is given the nickname, Earth-shaker.

A palace is also owned by Poseidon. This is built with coral and gems. These are seen on the floor of the ocean all the time. As a matter of fact, he spends most of his time in Mount Olympus than his very own palace.

By nature, Poseidon has always been so moody. His temperament is not that consistent. There are also fluctuations when it comes to his emotions. This is why there is always violence related to his name. This somehow resembles Zeus.