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The Sacred Wedding of Zeus and Hera

The Encounter

One day Zeus, the king of the gods, was walking through the beautiful region of the Hesperides when he suddenly spotted Hera and fell head over heels in love with her. To approach Hera, Zeus transformed himself into a cuckoo and then stood in front of her window, pretending to freeze with cold.

At the sight of the bird, Hera felt sorrow and pity and took it into her home. Once inside, Zeus revealed his true identity and made love to Hera. He then seized Hera and took her to Mount Cithaeron to make her his lawful wife so that she could cover her shame.

The Sacred Wedding

The wedding of Zeus and Hera took place in the Garden of the Hesperides and was celebrated with extraordinary honours and sacrifices. Hera was given a magnificent wedding gown and was placed on a golden throne next to Zeus.

All the divine sang hymns and praises for this sacred wedding, and each had a precious gift to give... and most of all Gaea, the goddess of the earth, who gifted the couple with good luck and a quince, the symbol of love, and blossomed a tree of golden apples in Hera's honour. Hera was delighted and planted the tree in her garden, on the shore of the ocean.

The Honeymoon

After the ceremony, Zeus and Hera embarked on a journey to the Greek island of Samos to enjoy their honeymoon... a honeymoon that lasted 300 years!

According to Homer, this myth can be interpretated as a symbol of the earth's fertility.

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