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Hermes/Mercury Boundaries- God of transitions and boundaries “Herms”=boundary markers Messenger of the gods (Zeus’) Talking to humans from the gods Job making transitions between 2 worlds Human boundaries God of shepards, travelers, heralds, merchants All of these types of people have to do with crossing, not staying within boundaries of city God of thieves, lying, deception Boundary breaking (socially) Hermes Psychopompous- If you die, do something special that deserves attention, Hermes will guide you into the underwold (Hades) Hermes Argeiphontes- Killer of Argus Iconography: Travelers hat, winged sandals- sometimes wings are on hat Kerykeion/caduceus (magic wand/snake staff) Initially bearded, later beardless Homeric Hymn Mother Maia, daughter of Atlas- descendent of titans Hermes is credited with the invention of the Lyre Invents sandals while walking by the seashore Decides he wants to steal Apollo’s cattle- hoofprints leading forward- so he’s very tricky Even kills Apollo’s cattle Gods not supposed to eat flesh- doesn’t actually eat it, just burns it Some say Prometheus invented sacrifice, some say Hermes
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