Greek - God of art, commerce, eloquence, fertility, games, herdsmen, luck, markets, roads, thieves, travellers, wisdom. Herald and messenger of the gods. One of the Olympians. Son of Zeus by Maia. Hera, as usual, was jealous of her husband's affair with Maia so Hermes disguised himself as the infant Ares and deceived Hera into suckling him, after which she felt obliged to regard him as her own son. As an infant he stole some of Apollo's cattle and gave him the lyre, which he had invented when less than one day old, to earn his forgiveness. The peasant Bottus had told Apollo who had taken the cattle and Hermes turned him to stone. When he was appointed official herald to the gods, Zeus gave him his winged sandals, his hat and his staff. Others say that Apollo gave him the staff when Hermes gave the god the lyre and they became friends. He was also appointed by Hades to summon the dead and conduct their souls to Tartarus, as Psychopompus. He had many children, among them Daphnis, Echion and, in some stories, Pan. He was also the father of: Abderus Autolycus by Chione Cephalus and Ceryx by Herse Daphnis by a nymph Eros by Aphrodite, in some accounts Evander by Carmenta Hermaphroditus by Aphrodite Myrtilus by Phaetusa or Theobule Pan by Penelope or a nymph Priapus by Aphrodite, some say. He saved the infant Dionysus when his mother was killed by Zeus and planted him in the father's thigh until full term. He is credited with the invention of fire, the lyre from the shell of a tortoise, the shepherd's pipe, astronomy, musical scales, measures, etc. He brought Protesilaus back from Hades to see his wife who, refusing to give him up, went back to Hades with him. He killed the Giant Hippolytus during the battle between the Giants and the gods and restored to Zeus the sinews cut out by the monster Typhon. He rescued Io (in the form of a cow) from imprisonment under the eyes of Argus, killing Argus and cutting off his head. Hera, who had ordered the detention of Io, placed the 100 eyes of Argus in the peacock's tail. He gave Perseus the sickle with which he beheaded Medusa. He is depicted as wearing the winged hat and sandals and carrying his staff, the caduceus, with wings and entwined serpents. Also commonly identified as Hermes, Anubis, Anubis, Inpw, Khenty-seh-netjer, Wip, Anpu, Imiut, Imy-ut, Khenti-imentiu, Neb-ta-djeser, Tepydju-ef, Greek Anpu, Hermanubis, Wapwawet, Arcus, Arcus, Camillus, Camillus, Hermeias, Hermeias, Master of Animals, Master of Animals, Desana, Jaguar, sacred birds, sacred birds, birds, Ainu Ahura Mazda, Amaterasu, Apollo, Athena, Helius, Mercury, Mithra, Nyx, Tammuz, Zas Arawn, Artemis, China, Fukurokuju, Kwannon, Lares, Mannanan, Perseus, Shou Shen, Thoth Apollo, Asclepius, Angerbode Brac, Cronus, Odin, Saturn, Yama Juno Aphrodite, Astarte Ararjatis, Ataragatis, Hachiman, Venus Dusara, Jupiter Egypt Apollo, Baba, Brahma, Dionysus, Egypt, Eros, Epona, Hera, Horus, Iris, Juno, Kaltesh, Mars, Ops, Osiris, Seb, Thoth, Vishnu Isis Apollo, Here, Tethys Zoastrianism Asclepius, Inara Ketu, Minerva Brahma, Lakshmi, Sarasvati Apollo, Melkarth Asclepius, Noah, Odin Saturn Aphrodite, Venus Hera, Sweden Aphrodite, Isis Aphrodite, Venus Aztecs, Maya Apollo, Ares Heracles, Isis, Izanagi, Izanami Ares Triptolemus Amaterasu, Terminus, Terminus, Jupiter, Agoneus, Agoneus, Arais, Arais, Arg(e)iphontes, Arg(e)iphontes, Atlantiades, Atlantiades, Clithonius, Clithonius, Cyllen(ius), Cyllen(ius), Master Thief, Master Thief, Autolycus, Cacus, Nomius, Nomius, Apollo, Nomios, Pan, Pasturer, Nomios, Oneicopompus, Oneicopompus, Psychogogue, Psychogogue, psychopomp, Psychopomp, Psychopomp(us), Psychopomp(us), The Master, The Master, Trismegistus, Trismegistus, 'thrice greatest', Hermes Trismegistus, Egyptian Anubis, Egyptian Anubis, Etruscan Turms, Etruscan Turms, Roman Mercury, Roman Mercury, Alannus, Artaius, Lugh, Charidotes or Charidotes.

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