Moros – God of Doom and Gloom in Greek Mythology
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In Greek Mythology, there are many different types of gods and goddesses. We all know about the Olympians, the gods and goddesses who ruled over Mount Olympus, such as Athena and Zeus. However, there is so much more to Greek Mythology than that! Some of the gods and goddesses personify certain ideas. The Greeks had a god to represent doom and gloom, names Moros. Here’s more information about him:
About Moros of Greek Mythology
Moros was born to Nyx. She was the primordial goddess of the night. The Greeks believe his father was Erebus, the primordial god of darkness. The reason it is believe by some Greeks is that Hesiod’s Theogy suggests Nyx bore Moros by herself. In fact, she bore all of her children by herself.
Moros is the brother of the Morai, also known as the Fates, along with Thanatos and Ker. Theese two are representations for the physical acts of death. Ker is known to bring violent death or a terminal illness. Thanatos is known for peaceful passing to the other side.
Myths Associated with Moros
Moros was the leader of The Moirae. He wrote the destination then gave it to the Fates to ensure this destination of death came true. Chaos came into the world so that beings could escape sometimes on their own. The Moirae even states that Zeus himself could not question destiny and death.
If you broke away from destiny, even more chaos would come into the world. If Zeus was to issue a decree, he could not change it because destiny would intervene. This means Zeus dreaded Moros. Because Moros could overpower Zeus in this way, people saw him as omnipotent and omnipresent.
Overcoming Death in Greek Mythology
There are stories in mythology that proclaim the people and even heroes of those people ignored Moros, this could be a reason he is not as powerful as written. They didn’t want bad things to happen, so they ignored his presence. Some were successful in getting away from their own destiny.
This was tough because Moros could actually turn invisible. The Father of Tragedy, Aeschylus explained how the God of Fire, Prometheus saved all of man from the horrible sight of seeing their own death or doom, known as Moros. He gave them the gift of hope in Elpis. Because of Elpis, all of the humans were saved from fate and Moros.
Minor God of Greek Mythology
Moros was not mentioned much in Greek mythology. He was mentioned a bit when Prometheus was telling the people about his gift of hope in Elpus. After this, Moros’ sisters were more in the stories as they manipulated fate. He was the force of destiny, but did not change fate’s course.
Moros was powerful, so he couldn’t just be taken down by another god. He would always find a way to bring misfortune to his impending victims. He was called by the people and other gods, “The All-Destroying God.” Even after his victim died and went to live in Death, he did not set them free.
He decided to make sure they suffered. He is not only seen as the god of death, but also the god of death and suffering. His name is near to “morose” meaning sullen and ill-tempered, near to the spirit of depression.
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