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.