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Olympian Gods » Hera, the Goddess of Marriage

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Hera's representation Hera was the goddess of Marriage and Family and the protector of married women.

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The Family of Hera

Parents: Hera was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Hera had five siblings. Three brothers (Poseidon, Hades and Zeus) and two sisters (Hestia and Demeter).
Husband: Zeus, the King of the Gods.[read the story of their royal wedding...]
Children: Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, Ares, the Olympian god of war, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Hephaestus, the Olympian god of Metallurgy. According to some beliefs, Hephaestus was born without the intervention of Zeus.

Hera's troubled marriage with Zeus

Although Hera was one of the fairest goddesses in Mount Olympus, Zeus was giving Hera plenty of reason to be suspicious and jealous; Hera therefore used to stay in high places in order to keep an eye on her husband's doings. There were times she would also interfering, causing harm to Zeus' mistresses, since Zeus himself was invincible.

Appearance of Hera

Hera was a beautiful, mature woman with big eyes and pierced lobes. She always took care of her appearance, dressing elegantly and decently in a feminine, but not exotic fashion. . However, Hera was not really a desirable woman, despite her beauty. For this reason, Aphrodite had to loan Hera her famous girdle to help her seduce her husband Zeus. [ More about Hera's beauty here...]

Symbols of Hera

Hera's symbol were the diadem, the scepter and the pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. Her flower was the lily and her sacred animals were the peacock and the cow.

The Roman name of Hera is "Juno"

Myths and Fables about Hera

The Sacred Wedding of Zeus and Hera
The Sacred Wedding of Zeus and Hera
Hera and the Peacock
Hera and the Peacock
The Creation of the Milky Way
The Creation of the Milky Way
Hera's Beauty Rituals
Hera's Beauty Rituals

Places of Worship related to Hera

Places of worship of Hera-Temple of Hera in Samos
Temple of Hera in Samos
Places of worship of Hera-The Temple of Hera Lacinia in Agrigento, Sicily
The Temple of Hera Lacinia in Agrigento, Sicily
Places of worship of Hera-Sanctuary of Hera
Sanctuary of Hera
in Argos, Greece

Titles of Hera

Boopis ("cow-eyed") , Gamelia ("patroness of marriage") , Leukolenos ("white-armed") , Teleia ("perfect")