The Mighty Gods – Poseidon, Mars and Ahriman

 

We’ve already discussed the supreme gods of the ancient civilizations of Champions of Gods.

Now, we can talk about other very important deities.

Polytheism was the belief of these civilizations, so they always worshiped more than just one deity.

It was said that gods made humans in their own image. Because of this, gods were thought of as kind and carrying, but at the same time cruel and vengeful. In this post, we will be discussing some of the more ruthless gods. Their ways were mostly destructive and disrespecting them, wasn’t the smartest move to make.

Their ways were mostly destructive, and disrespecting them wasn’t the smartest move to make.

 

Poseidon

The god of the sea.

Brother of Zeus.

The wielder of the trident.

An awesome deity of incredible power. Greeks worshiped Poseidon, especially before going to the sea. They believed that Poseidon would grant them a safe passage across the waters. But Poseidon wasn’t known for his kindness. It was thought that every time when Poseidon got mad, he would create a rupturing earthquake.

Poseidon was the second son of titans Cronus and Rhea. he is swallowed by Cronus at birth but later saved, with his other brothers and sisters, by Zeus.
After Titanomachy, the rule over the world was divided. Lots were drawn and Zeus received the sky, Hades the underworld, and Poseidon the sea.

His weapon was a trident, with which he could make the earth shake, causing earthquakes, and shatter any object. He was second only to Zeus in power amongst the Olympians. He was considered by Greeks to have a difficult, quarrelsome personality. Combined with his greed, he had a series of disputes with other gods during his various attempts to take over the cities they were patrons of.
For instance, there was his dispute with goddess Athena, over the city of Athens (need a hint about who won this dispute ;))

Poseidon and Athena agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and the Athenians would choose whichever gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprang up; the water was salty and not very useful, whereas Athena offered them an olive tree.
The Athenians, or their king, Cecrops, accepted the olive tree and along with it Athena as their patron, for the olive tree brought wood, oil, and food. After the fight, infuriated at his loss, Poseidon sent a monstrous flood to the Attic Plain, to punish the Athenians for not choosing him.

Another example of Poseidon showing his vengeful side was when Poseidon and Apollo, having offended Zeus by their rebellion in Hera’s scheme, were temporarily stripped of their divine authority and sent to serve King Laomedon of Troy. He had them build huge walls around the city and promised to reward them well, a promise he then refused to fulfill. In vengeance, before the Trojan War, Poseidon sent a sea monster to attack Troy. The monster was later killed by Heracles.

With all of this said, we can say with certainty that Poseidon is not someone you want to disrespect.

 

Mars

How important was god Mars to the Romans?

Roman’s considered themselves to be the descendants of the Mars himself. The god of War was one of the most worshiped beings in the entire Roman Empire. Whenever they wanted to go to war, they would offer sacrifice to Mars, and then others would tremble before them.

Mars is the son of Jupiter and Juno. Mars was the Roman god of war and next in the line of power to Jupiter, in the Roman pantheon. Even though most of the myths involving the gods were borrowed from the Greek god of war Ares, Mars had some features which were uniquely Roman.

Although Ares was viewed primarily as a destructive and destabilizing force, Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace and was a father of the Roman people.

In the mythic genealogy and founding myths of Rome, Mars was the father of Romulus and Remus with Rhea Silvia. His love affair with Venus symbolically reconciled the two different traditions of Rome’s founding; Venus was the divine mother of the hero Aeneas, celebrated as the Trojan refugee who “founded” Rome several generations before Romulus laid out the city walls.

Mars’s weapon of choice was “The spear of Mars”.

The spear is the instrument of Mars in the same way that Jupiter wields the lightning bolt, Neptune the trident, and Saturn the scythe or sickle. A relic called the spear of Mars was kept in a sacrarium at the Regia, the former residence of the Kings of Rome. The spear was said to move, tremble or vibrate at impending war or other danger to the state, as was reported to occur before the assassination of Julius Caesar.

The importance of Mars for Romans was immeasurable and he is a god that has given them the most.

 

Ahriman

The ultimate evil.

The destroyer of the world.

The chaos incarnate.

Ahriman was the most feared being in all of Persia. Unlike in the mythology of the ancient Greeks, in Persian mythology exists a clear division between good and evil. And Ahriman is evil itself.Let’s talk a bit more about the lord of the darkness himself.

Let’s talk a bit more about the lord of darkness.

Ahura Mazda and Ahriman were twin brothers, with the former being the epitome of good and the latter being the epitome of evil. Further, this dichotomy was by choice, that is, Ahriman chose to be evil: “It is not that I cannot create anything good, but that I will not.” And to prove this, he created the peacock. (I wonder if that qualifies as a good deed :D)

Ahriman was the god of evil and darkness in Persian mythology and he was the force behind anger, greed, envy, and other negative and harmful emotions. He also brought chaos, death, disease, and other ills of the world.
The history of the world was seen as a struggle between these two forces. Ahura Mazda had the backing of the yazatas (angels), while Ahriman created a host of demons called daevas to spread his evil influence by appealing to the envy, greed, and desire for power of human beings.

Good and evil fought for control of the world — Ahura Mazda from the heavens and Ahriman from the underworld. The two forces were evenly matched, and each, in turn, gained supremacy. Ahura Mazda represented fire, sunlight, and life. Ahriman was the lord of darkness and death. Zoroastrians later came to view Ahura Mazda as the supreme ruler who would one day achieve final victory over Ahriman.

Which path would you choose? Would you follow the holy path of light and prosperity of Ahura Mazda? Or would you embrace the unlimited dark powers of Ahriman and bring chaos and destruction to the world?

In Champions of Gods, you will be able to make this choice.

Ahriman comes with vengeance and a scheme to finally overthrow Ahura Mazda, and he will leave absolute chaos and destruction in his wake!

 

Conclusion

 

Divine beings have always captivated the imaginations of humans. A higher existence that rules their faiths. Mythologies of the ancient civilizations are filled with epic stories about these gods.

A higher existence that rules their faiths. Mythologies of the ancient civilizations are filled with epic stories about these gods.

Mythologies of the ancient civilizations are filled with epic stories about these divine beings.

We will give our best to bring these characters back in their full glory. Gods are here, let the worlds tremble!

The Gods are here, let the worlds tremble!

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