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Hi there guys! there goes another commission for :iconantcow: based on the greek myths, hope you like it, this time the vengeful and sometimes bitchy goddess Hera, but, Cīmon, I think we all can understand her, Zeus was a cheater, so, be afraid of Zeus, but a lot more from Hera :p

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Enough talk, lets wikiattack!

Hera (pronounced /ˈhɪərə/; Greek Ήρα, Hēra, equivalently Ήρη, Hērē, in Ionic and Homer) was the wife and one of three sisters of Zeus in the Olympian pantheon of classical Greek Mythology. Her chief function was as the goddess of women and marriage. In Roman mythology, Juno was the equivalent mythical character. The cow, and later, the peacock were sacred to her. Hera's mother was Rhea and her father, Cronus.

Portrayed as majestic and solemn, often enthroned, and crowned with the polos (a high cylindrical crown worn by several of the Great Goddesses), Hera may bear a pomegranate in her hand, emblem of fertile blood and death and a substitute for the narcotic capsule of the opium poppy. A scholar of Greek mythology Walter Burkert writes in Greek Religion, "Nevertheless, there are memories of an earlier aniconic representation, as a pillar in Argos and as a plank in Samos."

Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's paramours and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her, such as Pelias. Paris offended her by choosing Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess, earning Hera's hatred.
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bsmitty754 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
why did zeus cheated on this woman?
Kiranta Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Could be she wasn't all that good in the sack. But she does herself no favors by punishing the women Zeus sleeps with instead of the man himself, especially the hell she put Hercules through.
AssassinCD Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student
TheValefor Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Such a beutifull desing for Hera. Honestly I usually take Hera side when it comes to her jealosuy, because Zeus was truly an asshole, and I can help but feel sorry for Hera.
VulpineSnow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Hera... If I had a spouse that cheated on me constantly, I wouldn't exactly be happy either.
airamrauen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Love her hair, and she looks powerful.
Hera could have been one of my favorite goddess, i used to like perfect characters before, but now I just can't stand them, I love when somebody act on their emotions even when is jealousy, and it's not like it's her fault her husband was such a manwhore.

And as bburns17 said:
"i feel no sympathy for ANY of his mistresses"

I know that what Zeus did was accepted, but even so u-u

But Hera didn't change, I like when people see their mistakes and fix them to become someone better, but from the little of mithology that I know she didn't change.

If I'm wrong, please correct me.
I so agree on that. Hera suffer the worst reputation of all the Greek gods/goddesses simply because of her jealous and angst nature. People tend to only see the negative aspects in Hera like punishing all of Zeus' mistresses and throwing off Hephaestus off the mountain (which ignores the alternative myth that Zeus is the one who threw Hephaestus). 

What people really predominately forgets (i mean REALLY) that these myth exist in times when women were viewed as properties and doesn't have the rights to oppose men-husband. You may ask this. "But there are strong women like Athena and the Amazons." Remember that Hera is not only the goddess of marriage, but is also the patron of womanhood and motherhood. Much like the characters in the myth who blame the gods such as The Fate, Hades, Zeus, or Poseidon for the cause of certain suffering, Hera has been blame for adulterous, shrewish, possessive, manipulative, nagging wife that men tends to hate on these kinds of women. Therefore, men tends to create myth that cast Hera as a villain based on the misogynistic belief on women.

What's really saddening is that Hera was widely respected as the great fertility goddess before when Hellenism adapt her to the Greek Pantheon and she was the oldest deity. Before the known civilization, earth goddesses were only worshiped because earth represents women giving birth to life (water, fire, volcano, animals, nature, etc, making Hera both the sky and earth goddess). Until society recognizes men being the dominant gender and placed Hera as the second powerful deity followed by the great mighty horndog Zeus.

Sorry for being a nerd here. But I can't help explain because I really love Hera and she's my favorite. I agree that it's wrong for Hera to punish on the girls that Zeus slept with instead of him, but I understand because Zeus is the king and if Hera go up against him, Zeus would punish her (recall the myth that all the gods revolt against him but failed).

As for the gods change, i doubt gods can easily change their behavior. If they do, Zeus would have now stay faithful to Hera, Aphrodite would have remarry Hephaestus, Athena and Poseidon reconcile. I believe this is due to them being immortal and well, you know, being assholes, so mistakes won't change them from being hypocrite and jerks.
airamrauen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Haha, I think I see your point.

As I said before I don't know much about mythology, the little bit of information I have comes from old story books, that I used to read as a child, they are probably wrong too.

Reading your reasoning I came to like Hera even more, and now I think that the way she's treated is much more unfair, but she's not my favorite because I love Hecate. However she comes in close second.

Don't worry about sounding like a nerd, I myself sometimes turn on the switch in my mind and become an encyclopedia to defend my favorite characters honour x)

Argh, I wish I could write more about this but my english has come to its limit, I don't put too much trust in my ability on not causing an horrible spelling mistake. Though i'm sad to say that I didn't know practically half these things before you mentioned.
xxAnimexChocolatexx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Haha It's okay. I know everybody has their English flaw, so is mine (I hate English so much...:P).

You don't have to be sad for not knowing about background detail when learning about Greek god/goddesses. Everyone doesn't know about this like the oldest deity stuff when being a newbie to Greek mythology. It's just learning the god and goddesses and all that. These stuff are advanced studies, knowing the history behind the deities and myth that were changed from time to time, send down by older generation. You don't have to know this per say, but it's really interesting to read. For another example, Zeus was speculated to be derived from Indra (Indian/Hindu mythology. Both were lighting gods, have amusing sexual life, and share an egoistic attitude). You can tell how about humanity change from decades ago.

Usually when telling myth to kids, they often changes to suited their modern expectation, so in truth, they were far from being kids friendly. I'n guessing your are pretty new to mythology, so there will be things that will absolutely feel disgust (especially incest and rape). But it's worth the shot of reading and learning about them.

My favorite aside from Hera are Hephaestus, Hades, Hestia (lol alot of H's), and Eris. I feel like i'm the only one who doesn't have Poseidon as a favorite, a lot of people love him probably due to PJ series.

So yeah It's nice talking to you :)
Cityneon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
she have power !


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