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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?
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Kiranta Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
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.
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AssassinCD Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student
sweet
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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.
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Yujifanik Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Indeed.  Greek myth always had a subsumed misogyny.  Even Hera's jealousy contributes to that misogyny, think about Hera is supposed representing the paragon of what it is to be a woman, yet she never seems to defend women when gods(not least her husband) does something against them, she doesn't do anything.  As a matter of fact, she seems more often then not as taking the side of men and blaming other females.  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 :)
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Cityneon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
she have power !


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the2pofhungary Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Paris offended her by choosing Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess, earning Hera's hatred. Paris??? My name is Paris.
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bburns17 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
shes jealous for a reason .the stupid dumb ass whores kept sleeping with her husband and they got what they deserved . i feel no sympathy for ANY of his mistresses
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GnosisGuyver Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
That is quite unfair for the mistresses since many of them were visited by zeus in disguise like hercules mother. Did you expect them to have mind reading powers. Sorry but zeus is at fault here and Hera took it to the extreme.
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Blackclass180 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your style is just too BEAST
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tomeojr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She was referred to as "the divine Cow" by Homer in reference to her Jealous nature 
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tomeojr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She also was the reason why Troy HAD to burn since without Paris' unintentional slight Troy would have survived.
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xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Jelous Bitch
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
This one looks a bit fresher and lighter-colored than the average rendition. I guess you chose to focus on the "sky queen" and "fertility" aspects.
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Kn1ghtGr3y Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
nice work
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zortharg Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Whoa, that one's Hera? Didn't see that one coming when I clicked on the little square on the lower right of the screen. Not like in the Kevin Sorbo tv series, that's for sure. All the same, I don't know about making her look like an anime character though.
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ssaffr01 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
She'd be awesome in Smite too.
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NoobWhompa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Wasn't a cheater. Gods are polygamists, therefore no cheating was involved.
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ApusDeSoare Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
perfect,goddess
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Rickprad0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Man, your works are awesome!
I loved this pic!

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lovelymars908 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do feel sorry for Hera. Seriously, I can't blame her. I mean c'mon, she's the marriage goddess, and her and Zeus' relationship is very lousy. Sad dummy
 
Good pic!
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Videogeek95 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
"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."

Well I say the bitch can deal with it. Especially after what she did to poor Hephaestus. That and she is literally the embodiment of every single trope of "The modern Housewife" that I hate.

Hera is NOT one of my favorite Goddesses.

Still nice Picture though.
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bburns17 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
those whores got what they deserved i laugh at those dumb bitches
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
From what i remember from the myths i read... Hera didn't do that to Hephaestus... wasn't Aphrodite in love with him? Wasn't he "dropped" out of Olympus by Zeus making him have that leg?
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Videogeek95 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
You remember poorly...

Hera HATED imperfection with her "precious family image". She couldn't STAND having a son who was born lame, and cast him out of Olympus immediately. (You see, as the Goddess of the Family Household, Hera certainly couldn't have a lame or disabled member in her family now could she? She had an Image to uphold.)

You know the "Modern Homemaker" of the 1950's Trope? You know how the housewives at the time would Shy away or turn a blind eye to problems in the family and pretend they didn't exist, because then they wouldn't be a "happy and ideal family like everyone else?" Yeah, Hera was LITERALLY the embodiment of that mindset.

Zues gave Aphrodite to Hephaestus to appease him so he wouldn't join the forces against Olympus, after Hephaestus built a "gift" thrown for Hera, which ended up trapping her to it for about 3 days or so, completely humiliating her... Which was his revenge to her after what she done to him.

You need to re-read your myths and legends again, because Hera was an absolute cunt.
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Cindria Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Well you must remember that  this is only one version of the myth. In another version was Zeus that cast away Hephaestus and caused his deformation because he had freed his mother by a chain. Greek mythology consist of a series of legend that are not consistent with each other and often have different versions.
Hera was certainly no angel but actually doesn't deserve a reputation so bad.
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
You need to remember that simply because someone questioned what you said he isn't a complete ignorant. Estia was the goddess of the right ordering of domesticity, the family and the state as far as i know. Yes Hera was an absolute cunt but Zeus wasn't better. He raped/impregnated every mortal woman/goddess he wanted. He cheated on Hera countless times and she couldn't do shit about it most of the time... unlike those women Hera wouldn't go blind to EVERY problem. She killed Dionysos' mother through trickery... he litterally blackmailed her into asking Zeus to show him his true form and died from it. 

You sound really offended for a simple mistake i did. 

You need to remember that in comparison to other pantheons the gods of Olympus weren't really "gods" in the mindset. They were just really powerfull "humans". Of course they weren't really humans but what i want to say is that they had the flaws and passions and sins of humans. 

I don't have to mention how much Zeus tortured Prometheus for defying his will and supporting the humans. Yes Hera was a bitch... but Zeus is no better. Not to mention that Hera assisted Zeus on the Box of Pandora... Hera might have been pretentious but Zeus was "evil"... like really evil. 
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Videogeek95 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
It's not you...

I'm mildly autistic, so I seriously sympathize with Hephaestus.

I SERIOUSLY hate Hera for what she did to Hephaestus. Because if Hera did that to Hephaestus, just exactly how far would she go for what reasons? Which is kinda why with Zeus I say, "Sure he may have done those things, but look at what he has to live with..."

I just like to think that Zeus did those things because Hera drove him to it. I LIKE to think that. Even though I know that's completely bullshit...
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Thing is before Zeus swallowed Metis he was cruel. REAL cruel... as much as i hate him for being an ass in general he was even worse before that. Oh and for the record... you're speaking with a Greek Mythology geek FROM Greece. So yea... but anyways... my own favorite god is Athena because she was helping Odysseus in his return to Ithaca.
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xxAnimexChocolatexx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Not to mention Hera is the goddess of marriage and she can't divorce her husband because of her status. She did tried several attempts to break off her bond with Zeus, but it backfired.

Zeus cheats on his own account, not Hera who drove him into it. Doesn't mean Hera is faithful to him, doesn't mean she really forgive his actions nor love him. Keep in mind that Hera would go against Zeus, but she couldn't because Zeus have more power than her. In ancient time, a queen is considered lower than their king/husband. Remember the myth where almost all of the gods tried to overthrow Zeus and Hera was the one who led the revolt in the first place.

I agree that Zeus is the mighty asshole (bigger than Hera if you thought this way) in Greek mythology. Always raping, killing, kidnapping people for pleasure and self-esteem. The thing I really HATE for what he did is that he literally plan the Trojan war just to wiped every demigod on earth.
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
He planned the Trojan war to eliminate every demigod? What the hell are you saying? The only demigod i know in the Trojan War is Achilles.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Well, deal with it, Hera. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Beauty and Love, not you. Besides, you're still a heck of a bodacious goddess, you know ? That's why Zeus married you, right ? And why don't you cheat on him, since he cheats on you without ceasing ?
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Anri-sama Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the sad thing. She can't cheat. Since Hera is the goddess of marriage/family/whatever, she has an image to uphold. Cheating when you're supposed to be the goddess of marriage is a big no-no.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Hmm. That makes sense. What a bummer for Hera, though. :-(
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In all honesty, who can blame her? She marries her own brother, has his kids, and then ho goes swinging his sword everywhere behind her back. Wonder if gods do marriage counselling.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
If they do, then it's quite not the best piece of advice you'd get from them Greek God(desse)s.
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arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
obviously not.
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Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
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Fuzz-ball2 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Coolwebmemes.org(nyan)
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kaiyuan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Awesome. I really like your colors. Although it might be just me but i think the proportions are a little off... particularly the elongated thighs.
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Deathscythe425 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing, just as all of your works are! I love everything; the coloring, shading, EVERYTHING! You, my friend, are a master at this!
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peanut11111 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
if i were a godess i would totally be her..
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Soul33s Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Interface Designer
she looks too nice
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APRP Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
WTF DUDE MY EYES ARE REALLY GETTING SORE!!! SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR DEVIANT THAT MADE ME ADDCITED IN READING ALL YOU WORK DESCRIPTION!!! WEAWAEAWEWAWEAWEAEWEAEWEAEW!!!!! I CANT STOP OMG!!! I'M GETTING ADDICTED!!
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cosoko Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Powerful!
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