The Bless - Zeus

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ZEUS

ZEUS WAS THE KING OF THE SKY, LIGHTNING AND THUNDER IN ANCIENT GREEK LEGENDS, AND THE RULER
OF ALL THE KINGS ON MOUNT OLYMPUS. ZEUS IS THE SIXTH CHILD OF KRONOS AND RHEA, KING AND
QUEEN OF THE TITANS. HIS FATHER, KRONOS, SWALLOWED HIS CHILDREN AS SOON AS THEY WERE BORN
FOR FEAR OF A PROPHECY WHICH FORETOLD THAT ONE OF THEM WOULD OVERTHROW HIM. WHEN ZEUS
WAS BORN, RHEA HID HIM IN A CAVE ON MOUNT IDA IN CRETE, GIVING KRONOS A STONE WRAPPED IN
SWADDLING CLOTHES TO SWALLOW INSTEAD. MOST KINGS AND THE PEOPLE OF GREECE RESPECTED
ZEUS. ZEUS GAVE LAWS AND JUSTICE TO PEOPLE. HE TAUGHT THEM KINDNESS AND GOOD MANNERS.
THERE IS ONE STORY WHICH TELLS THAT ZEUS PRIZED HOSPITALITY AND KINDNESS TO STRANGERS. ZEUS
GAVE US THE MESSAGE THAT ALL THE KINGS ARE NOT PERFECT. ONE DAY, ZEUS WAS TRAVELING WITH
HERMES BY DISGUISING HIMSELF AS A TRAVELER TO CHECK WHETHER THE PEOPLE WILL ALLOW THEM TO
STAY FOR THE NIGHT. ALL THE PEOPLE TURNED THEM AWAY EXCEPT ONE POOR ELDERLY COUPLE. THE
NEXT DAY, ZEUS BUILT A PALACE AND DESTROYED THE HOMES OF REST OF THE PEOPLE WHO TURNED
THEM AWAY. IN THIS STORY ZEUS GAVE US THE MESSAGE THAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE READY TO HELP
PEOPLE IN NEED. ZEUS WAS THE PARAGON OF HONOR AND JUSTICE. HE WAS THE ONE WHO ESTABLISHED
AND ENFORCED LAW, AND SERVED AND SET THE STANDARD FOR THE UPCOMING KINGS TO FOLLOW,
ENSURING THEY DO NOT ABUSE THE POWER OF THEIR POSITIONS. HIS SYMBOLS WERE THE THUNDERBOLT,
A SCEPTER, AND AN OAK TREE; THE EAGLE AND BULL WERE HIS SACRED ANIMALS. HIS ROMAN
EQUIVALENT IS JUPITER. ZEUS WAS THE STRONGEST GREEK KING, THE RULER OF ALL KINGS.