Before There Were Gods

Regular readers may know

That I have shared many stories of the gods and those whose lives they have touched. In the tradition of the ancients, I have made vases to help tell and commemorate these stories. But what about before there were gods? Well brace yourself, dear reader, as we are going to take a trip back even further in time.

Our raku pottery vase, The Titans, commemorates the gods of old and tells the tale of a paranoid father, a wife’s revenge, a dozen larger than life gods that shared power under their younger brother Cronus and a fiery end in the lowest levels of hell.

Before the gods of Olympus, times were much simpler.

People were unaware of many things. Why the sun rose and set, how seasons changed, where we came from, or even a rudimentary understanding of how their own bodies worked.

As such, the Titans easily held on to their power and grew very comfortable from their godly perch on Mount Othrys. All except Cronus, the youngest of the Titan siblings. He had been told that in the future one of his children would topple his reign. This revelation would shape and change Cronus from a carefree king of the gods to a ruler that was rather wooden.

Rhea, who was also a Titan

Was not very excited about the prospect of marrying Cronus. He wasn’t a very good husband, let alone father. She was so unhappy that Cronus ate her first five children, that rather than hand over Zeus she gave her husband a rock. You might say she committed Nymphicide, as she gave the infant to the Nymphs to care for.

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You can read more about the original ‘kids meal’ and how Cronus ate his own children here. Personally I could not do such a thing, but to eat their own. Cronus wasn’t the type to complain about an heir in his soup.

Cronus and many of the other Titans would end up in the lowest level of the underworld called Tartarus and be punished after their saucy behaviour in a ten year war where they were overthrown by Zeus.

If you like this glaze, you can see more pieces in this it here. As well, if you enjoyed this story and would like to read more like it, you can buy a whole book of them here!

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9 Comments

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I very much appreciate it! I hope you are having a great week!

  1. nice vase~ at times certain stories change with change in orators over centuries. I have heard there are many stories behind certain key figures as I grew up, many versions of the great epics. Heard of Lilith, can you think she was turned to a devil ~ yes who wont reject to come to lower lands ~~

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! It is interesting that stories about the same thing can be very different depending upon the perspective they are told from. My favourite example of this is the Wizard of Oz. I grew up believing the movie version of the story. But then the book/musical ‘Wicked’ came out that told the back story of the wicked witch of the west, and it turns out she was not the villian we were lead to believe in the original movie.

      I hope you are having a wonderful week!

      1. Hey, Thanks for Wizard things too. Yes, things change with change in orator. Unless radio carbon dated epics are there to tell the real version.

        However, yes, there were figures here too, who declared themselves as Gods. Example, Hiranyakashyap declared that only he be worshiped as a god. And wanted to kill his own son, Pralad, The Holi festival story.

        Someone declaring himself as God. And people reading epic thinks the Gods ate children. I don’t know the real story, forgive me if I hurted your sentiments in any way. I just want to explain example of Hiranyakashyap .

        Also, ate can also mean— putting them on sacrifice. It depends how it is written in original epic. Example Goddess Ganga, sacrifised her 7 sons on river soon after birth. Why? As she asked her husband the King, not to ask her any questions of what she is doing. The day he asked her, she left him. This is in first few episodes of Mahabharata epic on youtube.

        You have the original epics?

  2. Hey, Thanks for Wizard things too. Yes, things change with change in orator. Unless radio carbon dated epics are there to tell the real version.

    However, yes, there were figures here too, who declared themselves as Gods. Example, Hiranyakashyap declared that only he be worshiped as a god. And wanted to kill his own son, Pralad, The Holi festival story.

    Someone declaring himself as God. And people reading epic thinks the Gods ate children. I don’t know the real story, forgive me if I hurted your sentiments in any way. I just want to explain example of Hiranyakashyap .

    Also, ate can also mean— putting them on sacrifice. It depends how it is written in original epic. Example Goddess Ganga, sacrifised her 7 sons on river soon after birth. Why? As she asked her husband the King, not to ask her any questions of what she is doing. The day he asked her, she left him. This is in first few episodes of Mahabharata epic on youtube.

    You have the original epics?

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