Greek - The goddess of marriage and sky. One of the Olympians. Daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Twin sister and wife of Zeus. Mother of Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus and Ilithyia. She was one of the children swallowed by Cronus who was afraid that one of them might usurp his throne. Only Zeus escaped this fate and he later caused Cronus to regurgitate the children he had swallowed. She was nursed by the Seasons and raised by Temenus. She was raped by Zeus in the form of a cuckoo and later married him, receiving a tree that yielded golden apples as a wedding gift from Gaea. She was so disgusted by the puny and ugly infant Hephaestus that she is said to have dropped him from Mount Olympus. She had the power to grant to others the gift of prophecy. She found the infant Heracles abandoned by Alcmene and, not realising that this was another son of her errant husband Zeus, suckled it at her breast, so making him immortal. She later did all she could to harass Heracles. She once led a revolt against the imperious Zeus and was severely punished for her treachery. She was suspended by her wrists with heavy weights attached to her ankles. Others say that this treatment resulted from her persecution of Heracles. When Semele was having an affair with Zeus, Hera came in the form of Semele's old nurse, Beroe, and persuaded her mistress to demand that her lover should prove that he really was who he said he was. When Zeus complied, the divine radiance killed Semele. The son of this union was Dionysus and Hera ordered the Titans to destroy him. They tore him to pieces and boiled him but Rhea collected all the bits, reassembled them When Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, she and Athene, the losing contestants, became his enemies and supported the Greeks against the Trojans during the Trojan War. Once, when she left Zeus, he made a wooden image, dressed it in a bridal gown and displayed it as his new wife. She then came back, knocked over the statue and was reconciled with her husband. Some say that she produced the monster, Typhon, in jealousy when Zeus produced Athene unaided. Amongst other exploits, she changed Callisto into a bear for having an affair with Zeus, although others say that Zeus did this to deceive Hera, and transferred the eyes of Argus to the peacock's tail. When Teiresias said that women have nine times as much pleasure as a man from sexual intercourse, she struck him blind. On some accounts, she is identified with Ilythia. Her animal was the cow, her bird the peacock and her symbol the cornucopia. Sometimes called Hera, Here, Here, sacred birds, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Heaven, Anat, Arinna, Astarte, Edjo, Hebat, Holy Mother, Hsi Wang Mu, Inanna, Isis, Juno, Marishiten, Matron of the Measure, Tara, T'ien Hou, Vajravarahi, Astarte, Juno, Chera, Chera, Gamelia, Gamelia, Great Goddess, Great Goddess, Dorje, Juno, Mahadevi, Neith, Nerrivik, Sedna, Palace Goddess, Karpophonos, Karpophonos, Kourotrophos, Kourotrophos, Karpophoros, 'lady', 'lady', Despoena, Freya, Parthenos, Parthenos, Athena, Teleia, Teleia, Egyptian Mut, Egyptian Mut, Hindu Indrani, Hindu Indrani, Roman Juno, Roman Juno, Ilithyia, Uni, Selene, Selene, Artemis, Chromia, Io, Luna, Mene, Pasiphae, Phoebe, Selena, Asterodia, Phoebe, Seline or Roman Luna.

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