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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

God of the Week - Plutus

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The son of Demeter, he was worshipped at first as the God of bountiful harvests and then later as the God of general wealth. Born to Demeter of the hero Iasion, and blinded by Zeus so that he would distribute wealth without bias.

But as often is the case with the Greek and Roman Gods, he was portrayed with many parents. One such set was Hades and Persephone.

Plutus was described as lame and winged. 'So that he was slow in coming and left faster then he came.' Much like money today.

Two of his other mothers were Eirene, the embodiment of Peace and Tyche, the fortune of cities. Both of which are rich in symbolism. The first that prosperity and wealth comes only in peace. And the second that wealth and prosperity is only possible with civilization or cities.

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