Heracles of Ceta

Greek - A barley-god. Twin brother of Poeas. He was the ruler of twelve chieftains but subject to the Queen of the Woods whom he married in an annual ceremony and then died. In an alternative version, he was killed at mid-summer each year and Poeas reigned until the New Year when he in turn was killed by a new Heracles. The annual ritual required that he be impaled on a stake, blinded, castrated, killed, flayed and cut into pieces which were then roasted. The head was floated down the river in a boat or preserved as an oracle. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Heracles of Ceta.

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