Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zephyr

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

Yeah, I could have gone the easy route and did a post on Zeus, but since we're at the very end, I want to continue to share with you some of the other lesser-known myths. So for my final A-Z post of 2015, I give you Zephyr, winged-Greek god of the west wind.

There are many different myths concerning Zephyr and his different wives and offspring, but the most interesting one had to be how he fought with fellow god Apollo over a Spartan hero named Hyacinth. Apollo is probably the most good looking god, so yeah, Hyacinth chose him over Zephyr.

Zephyr wasn't happy about it, obviously, and it drove him crazy. One day, he saw that Apollo and Hyacinth were in the meadows...playing a game that's our equivalent to ring-toss. No seriously. They were alone throwing metal discs.

When Hyacinth threw a disc, Zephyr used his wind power to make the metal veer of course and smack the Spartan hero in the head, killing him. Apollo, saddened over the death of his lover, turned Hyacinth's body into a flower.

Apollo was about to kill Zephyr, but Eros (Cupid) stepped in and protected him. Maybe he helped him out because they both have wings, but Eros said that Zephyr had acted out of love.


I hope you all enjoyed my take on world mythology this year. It's been fun for me! My Reflections Post will be up next Monday, May 4th.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Acted out of love? I would've hated to see what he'd done if he acted out of hate.
Your theme has been great, Jay! I've learned a lot this month.

Melanie Schulz said...

Agreed. Great theme. It was very interesting to learn about some of the lesser knowns.

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Welllll that's uncomfortable. Congratulations on finishing, Jay! It's been such a fun month and I'll definitely be sticking around.

Patricia Lynne said...

That's a bit extreme for acting out of love. o.O
I knew a girl in college named Zephyr and it's the name of a character in one of my stories. I love the name.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Sarah Foster said...

Those crazy Greek gods! I loved learning about all of the lesser known myths that you shared.

Chrys Fey said...

The past few gods you highlighted were new to me, but I know this one.

I really enjoyed your theme because I love mythology. :)

jaybird said...

Great job on your theme Jay. Glad I got to read it.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

What jealousy will do. Yay! You made it. I loved your theme, Jay. Great job.

Lauren Farrow said...

Nice job finishing the challenge! I love that you ended it with lesser known mythology because I learned new stuff. Mythology is good to know about in video game design!

Nick Wilford said...

I only just learnt that Zephyr was a god in my research for a Z word. Love can make us do crazy things! But yeah, that's extreme.

Pat Dilloway said...

That's crazy love. Congratulations on reaching the end.

Robin said...

Acted out of love? Ha!

Acted out of jealousy. Acted out of obsession. Those I buy.

That wretched little Cupid running around shooting his arrows at people. Intolerable really.

Pat Hatt said...

That is some kind of love, congrats on making it to the end

Fee said...

Another great post! I first discovered Zephyr in the lyrics of the song Ray of Light by Madonna, to my shame. Congratulations on completing the A-Z! I've really enjoyed your posts this month :)

Fee | Wee White Hoose
Scottish Mythology and Folklore A-Z

David P. King said...

I remember this story! Weird what constitutes an act of love for some people, right?

Congrats on surviving the challenge! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Those gods were really killers and not very likable. I've really enjoyed your theme.

Jo said...

I to have learned a lot this month. Some of the gods I knew but lots I had never heard of. Enjoyed your theme.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Congratulations on crossing the finish line! :) I enjoyed your mythology posts, and thank you for the visits! :)

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

Mr. Shife said...

Didn't get to read all of them but I certainly enjoyed the ones I did read. Thanks Jay. Have a great weekend and see you on May the Fourth. How much longer until the new Star Wars movie?

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