– recall that Hermes gave Pandora the character of a thief and the mind of
a bitch; but he is more complicated.
Hermes is the god of
and the god of
businessmen and thieves
Good luck from out of the blue, and god of those
professions because they rely to a degree on such uncontrolled good luck.
After World War II, auto company did huge market research, spent millions
on analysis, engineering, production, teaser campaign.
Hit showrooms, it
was ugly, lost a fortune – the Ford Edsel.
Hermes had not blessed the
venture, so no good luck.
Late 50’s university students frequent a store selling meat pies in aluminum
pans, which the students would throw back in forth.
Two young men saw
their popularity, borrowed $200 from their fathers and, with no knowledge
and no experience, invented the Frisbee.
According to the Greeks, their
venture had been blessed by Hermes.
Hermes is also the god of the
This is a form of power the Greeks
didn’t understand – when something happened over which they could not stop
You have no control, humor takes you over.
So, there is a god of the
practical joke since they had no control and figured it must be supernatural.
Hermes is also the only god with stories about him as an infant.
He is the son of
, his mother a goddess named
(whom the month of May is named after).
She gave birth to Hermes in her cave, put him in his crib, and as soon as she
turned around, he hopped out and went to the door of the cave.
He found a turtle,
killed it and cleaned out the shell, and used the guts to make strings, creating the
first musical instrument – the
He was so pleased that he left the cave to see
what else he could find.
He went to the place where the gods kept their cattle.
came to the pen of the cattle of
, his brother.
So he stole 50 of Apollo’s
cattle and took them up the road – but he made the cattle walk backwards so that it
would look like they had been walking into the pen.
He took the cattle to another
cave nearby and sacrificed 2 of them to the gods for thanks for a successful theft.
Then he went back to Maia’s cave and slept.
So Apollo comes to the pen, noticed he was 50 heads short, saw the prints leading
into the pen, and couldn’t figure it out.
He asked the farmer across the street if he
had seen anything, and he told him he saw a baby walking 50 cows backward up
Apollo knew a new baby god had been born, so he