Heracles of Tiryns

Greek - An early vegetation god. He was the lover of fifty maidens, who were priestesses of a mountain goddess. In the recurrent rite of death and renewal, he was killed at intervals of eight years, alternately with his twin, Iphicles. In later years, a child victim was sacrificed in his stead, prolonging his reign. Sometimes referred to as Heracles of Tiryns.

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