18 - Heracles name means glory of Hera; son of Zeus and...

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Heracles – name means “glory of Hera”; son of Zeus and Alcmena ; since Hera takes out her wrath on the children of Zeus’ affairs, one woman, Alcmena , named her child Heracles to try to protect the boy from Hera. Zeus came to Alcmena in the form of her husband and made the night last three times longer than normal. So her husband returns the next day wanting to make love, and she said I’m surprised you’d want to after making love all night last night. They figured it out – must have been Zeus. When Heracles was being born, Hera found out and sent the goddess of childbirth to the front porch of Alcmena’s house to sit down and hold her knees together. This is a form of sympathetic magic, like voodoo – since the goddess of childbirth did this, Alcmena could not give birth, which became excruciatingly painful. Hera was seeing to it that Alcmena suffered for being too attractive and getting the attention of Zeus. Finally, Alcmena’s maid ran out and yelled, “My mistress has given birth!!”. This couldn’t be, but still the goddess of childbirth jumped up to see what was going on, and Heracles popped out. In revenge, Hera turned the maid into a weasel. Hera took out her wrath on the children of Zeus’ affairs because they were walking
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course CLST 2090 taught by Professor Warga during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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