Poseidon – God of the Sea
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Deep in the abyss is the wonderful palace of the earthquaking Poseidon, the great brother of the thunderer Zeus. Poseidon rules over the seas and the sea waves obey the slightest movement of his hand, armed with a terrible trident. There, in the depths of the sea, he lives with Poseidon and his beautiful wife Amphitrite, the daughter of the sea-sage-mystery Nereus, whom Poseidon, the great lord of the depths of the sea, stole from her father. He saw her once when she was dancing with her nereid sisters on the coast of Naxos Island. Captivated by the beautiful Amphitrite, the god of the sea wanted to kidnap her with his chariot. But Amphitrite hid from the titan Atlas, who held the firmament on his strong shoulders. For a long time Poseidon could not find Nereus’s beautiful daughter. At last the dolphin tells him where her hiding place is; for this service Poseidon places the dolphin among the celestial constellations. Poseidon abducted the beautiful daughter of Nereus from Atlas and married her.
Since then, Amphitrite has lived with her husband Poseidon in his underwater palace. High above the palace the sea waves roar, a host of sea deities surround Poseidon, subject to his will. Among them is Poseidon’s son Triton, who with the thunderous sound of his shell pipe causes terrible storms. Among the deities are the beautiful sisters of Amphitrite – the Nereids. Poseidon rules over the sea. When he races across the sea in his chariot drawn by wild horses, the ever-roaring waves recede and give way to Lord Poseidon. Equal in beauty to Zeus himself, he drifts swiftly across the boundless sea, surrounded by dolphins, fish float out of the depths of the sea and crowd around his chariot. And when Poseidon waves his terrible trident, then the sea waves rise like mountains, covered with white ridges of foam, and a fierce storm rages in the sea. Then the violent sea waves hit the rocky shore with a crash and shook the earth. But as long as Poseidon stretches his trident over the waves, they calm down. The storm subsides, again the sea is calm, smooth as a mirror and barely audible splashes along the shore – blue, endless.
Other Sea Creatures
Many deities surround the great Zeus’ brother Poseidon. Among them is the sea sage Nereus, who knows all the innermost secrets of the future, Nereus is alien to lies and deception. Only the truth he reveals to gods and mortals. The advice given by the experienced old man is wise. Nereus has fifty beautiful daughters. The young nereids roam in the midst of the sea waves, shining with their divine beauty. Holding hands, they float one after the other from the abyss of the sea and dance on the shore under the light clatter of the slow waves of the calm sea coming to the shore. Similar to the quiet splash of the sea. The Nereids patronized the sailor and provided him with a happy voyage. They watch over him day and night.
Among the sea deities is the old man Proteus, who changes his image like the sea and becomes at will various animals and monsters. And he is a prophetic god, you just have to make him discover the secret of the future. Among the companions of the earthquaking Poseidon is the god Glaucus, patron saint of sailors and fishermen; and he has the gift of prophecy. Often, floating from the depths of the sea to the surface, he revealed the future and gave wise advice to mortals who crossed the seas. The sea gods are powerful, their power is great, but all of them are ruled by the great brother of Zeus, Poseidon.
All the seas and all the lands are surrounded by the white-haired Ocean – a titan god, equal to Zeus himself in almost glory. He lives far away, on the borders of the world, and earthly affairs do not trouble his heart. There are three thousand sons – river gods, and three thousand daughters – oceanids, goddesses of streams and springs, Ocean.
The sons and daughters of the great god Ocean bring prosperity and joy to mortals through their ever-flowing life-giving water; with it they irrigate the whole earth and all living things on it.