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Greek Gods and Goddess: Hypnos

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Introduction to Hypnos

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Hypnos and the myths and legends surrounding Hypnos, Hypnos relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Hypnos

Sleep. Hypnos was twin brother of Thanatos (death) his wife was Pasithea (relaxation, and hallucination) and they had three sons, Morpheus, (who shapes, dreams), Phobetor (fear, nightmares, and the beasts that occur in them) and Phantasos (fantasy, imagination, who provides the fabric which supports and makes dreams seem real, by including water, tress, rocks, etc.) although it is said he had many more sons, all coming under the general title of Onieri, all of which we said to be born through parthenogenesis. That is to say without interaction between female and male partners. This is hardly surprising, as dreams good or bad are not flesh and blood, they are in the mind. One of the biggest problems we encounter when trying to understand the myths and beliefs of the ancients, is our persistence in wanting to believe that somehow these names represent previously existing people or gods, when they are merely concepts, ideas, a way of explaining things.

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