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Q: mythology & voodoo figures ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: mythology & voodoo figures
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: pahgo-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 06 Jul 2003 17:22 PDT
Expires: 05 Aug 2003 17:22 PDT
Question ID: 225855

i would like to know the names of the male & female figure(s)
[(god(s)/goddess(es)?] in both greek & roman mythology who are
considered to be pranksters, jokesters, mischievous, playful, fun,
etc.--who are always up to something, planning something; perhaps
cunning, conniving, but not in a harmful way-just with a sense of

i would also like to know who is known for being a playboy or playgirl
(hmmm, not sure of correct term for a woman!).  someone who is a
seducer/seductress; attractive; likes to have a lot of lovers or
boy/girl friends; can't be tied to down one person; likes to go from
person to person, never getting involved in a serious relationship;
perhaps-but not necessarily-fickle, likes to play with others'
emotions; a 'love 'em & leave 'em' type; enjoys the thrill of the
chase, but may lose interest once they actually 'get' the person.

also, the same for voodoo: the loa or figures who are considered as

don't need long, drawn-out stories or anecdotes or anything; just
names will be fine, as well as links to pages as a jumping-off point
where i can go to do research on my own from there.  also, terms used
for your search (es).

if i should split this up into 2 separate questions (one for mythology
& one for voodoo), let me know what to do & how to do it.

Subject: Re: mythology & voodoo figures
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 06 Jul 2003 18:31 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello pahgo,

I hope this gives you sufficient leads, but please request further
clarification if required.

“Eris is the ancient Greek goddess of discord, daughter of Zeus and
Hera and frequent companion of her brother (some say twin) Ares. The
Romans associated her with their goddess Discordia… The most famous
tale of Eris ("strife") recounts her initiating the Trojan War. The
goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the
rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would
become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of
her troublemaking inclinations. She therefore tossed into the party a
golden apple inscibed "Kallisti" -- "For the most beautiful one"--
provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate
recipient. The hapless Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed to select
the most beautiful….  each of the three goddesses immediately
attempted to bribe Paris to choose her. Hera offered political power,
Athena skill in battle, and Aphrodite the most beautiful woman in the
world, Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. Paris was a red-blooded
young man, and while the length of time he meditated on this problem
is not recorded, he did eventually award the apple to Aphrodite”. 

“Ti Malice
In Vodun, Ti Malice was a trickster-loa, archnemesis of Uncle Bouki.” 

“Hermes in Greek mythology is a trickster figure, as is Eshu in the
W.African framework, Coyote in many Native American legends, Krishna
and Shiva in Hinduism.
Odysseus in the Homeric epic is a trickster....the "man of twists and
turns", as Homer describes him. But then so is Athena in the Odyssey,
with her constant shape-shifting. In fact there are many female
trickster figures in world mythology, including some of the faces of
Kali, Ishtar and others.” 

“Sisyphus made his way back to the sunshine, where he promptly forgot
all about funerals and such drab affairs and lived on in dissipation
for another good stretch of time. But even this paramount trickster
could only postpone the inevitable. Eventually he was hauled down to
Hades, where his indiscretions caught up with him. For a crime against
the gods - the specifics of which are variously reported - he was
condemned to an eternity at hard labor.” 

“HEPHAESTUS; to the Romans, VULCAN The lame blacksmith god, patron of
craftsman and metalworkers, god of fire. The centers of his cult could
be found wherever metalworkers congregated and near volcanos.
Hephaestus was so ugly that his mother Hera kept him out of sight, and
the other gods laughed at his lame gait. In revenge, Hephaestus
tricked the gods into giving him Aphrodite for his wife, though he
never succeeded in keeping her faithful. Some scholars say Hephaestus'
lameness was a reflection of an actual practice. A skillful smith was
a rare and valuable man, and tribes or villages would often cripple a
good smith to keep him from leaving or running away.” 

“Generally speaking, it is mostly difficult to find one-to-one
correspondences between figures of Norse and Greek mythology. A figure
has many aspects; you can find equivalents of particular aspects in
different figures but seldom of the sum of aspects that makes up the
whole figure. That also applies to Loki; he has not one particular
Greek figure as his figure, but he is composed of traits that appear
in several different figures Loki is above all an example of what is
generally called a trickster, and an evil-minded one at that. His
equivalent in that capacity is a figure like Sisyphus (cf. Hermes the
god, who is a *good-humoured* trickster). Loki also has some traits of
a revolutionary, a person who defies the gods. That aspect of him has
its equivalent in Prometheus. Both Loki and Prometheus are punished by
the gods in a similar way: they are both tied to rocks, and a
serpent's poison, dripping continuously, devours Loki's body, whereas
Prometheus' liver is continuously eaten by a vulture. Loki has the
ability to change his shape and become e.g. an animal. That ability
occurs in Greek mythology too, in particular among divinities
connected with the sea (Nereus, Proteus, Thetis). To appear in a
different guise is a shamanistic feature; reflexes of shamanism appear
frequently in Norse mythology, seldom in Greek.” 

“In Greek mythology, Autolycus was an accomplished thief and
trickster. He was a son of the god Hermes, who gave him the power of
invisibility In Greek mythology, Autolycus was an accomplished thief
and trickster. He was a son of the god Hermes, who gave him the power
of invisibility” 

“Pan  Inuus/Faunus  Son of Hermes 1/2 goat Trickster” 

“The Romans considered Mercury rather crafty and deceptive, and even a
trickster or thief. Criminals regarded him as their protector. Mercury
resembled the god Hermes in Greek mythology. Mercury delivered his
messages with miraculous speed because he wore winged sandals. He also
wore a broad-brimmed hat and carried a winged staff. Mercury's staff
had snakes curled around it to protect him in his travels. In ancient
times, most messengers wore a hat similar to Mercury's. Messengers
also carried a staff to identify themselves so they could travel
freely. Mercury later became associated with magic and science, and
his staff has come to symbolize medicine.” 

“Ellegua is a trickster orisha. He is a shapechanger who loves chaos,
and will do anything for a joke. He is also the orisha who "opens the
gate"; meaning you have to make an offering to Ellegua before you ask
something of another orisha, so that he will open the astral
connection and let your message get through. I find this pivotal
respect of the sacred clown, so lacking in many mythologies,
wonderfully refreshing.
Ellegua is the ruler of travel and roads; crossroads are particularly
sacred to him. Place his altar near the door, if possible - a box or
shelf or small table will do. His colors are black and red, so you'll
want to drape it with cloth of that color.
His magic number is three. Place three pennies on the altar. (A great
way to invoke him outside is to throw three pennies into the middle of
the crossroads.)” 

“Legba, a god of West Africa and Voodooism, is the child of the Sky
Pantheon. He is allied with destiny, but has no particular domain.
Legba is very intelligent and cunning, despite the fact that he is a
trickster. Although Legba appears as a weak poorly dressed old man, he
is really very strong. He understands all languages of humans and of
the gods. In Voodoo ceremonies, Legba is always the first to be
invoked. No Loa, a spirit of the dead, is allowed to enter into the
worshippers unless he has Legba¹s permission. This is because he holds
the key to the gate separating the humans¹ world and the world of the


(The variants of this name seem to be Ellegua, Legba, Esu, Eshu, Exu,

“"...the vid almost immediately resumed with a flatscan cartoon of the
adventures of a skullfaced man in long pants, black coat and tails.
Mary recognized Baron Samedi, Gege Nago, the trickster loa of death
and cemeteries.” 

“Usagi is known as Artemis or Selene in Greek mythology and is known
as Diana in roman mythology.  Selene, the moon goddess, is known for
her countless love affairs. The most famous of her loves is the
Shepard Edymion (i.e. Mamoru). Other affairs of Selene's include
involvement with Zeus with whom she had three daughters, and Pan who
gave her a herd of white oxen. Some sources report that the Nemean
lion, which fell to the earth from the moon, was the result of an
affair of Zeus and Selene. She was involved in many love affairs,
however, not as many as her sister, Eos, the dawn.”

“The Greek goddess Selene, also known as Luna in Roman mythology, was
goddess of the moon. She is notorious for her many love affairs,” 

“Zeus is described as falling in love with one woman after another and
resorting to all kinds of tricks to hide his infidelity from his wife
Hera. Stories of his escapades were numerous in ancient mythology, and
many of his offspring, such as Hercules, were a result of his love
affairs with both goddesses and mortal women. His many affairs with
mortals are sometimes explained as the wish of the early Greeks to
trace their lineage to him.” 

She was the goddess of love, desire and beauty in Greek mythology. She
is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione, one of his consorts, but
in later legends she is described as having sprung from the foam of
the sea and her name may be translated "foam-risen." She was married
to Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithy to the gods.
Aphrodite was the rival of Persephone, queen of the underworld, for
the love of the beautiful Greek youth Adonis. She represented sex,
affection, and the attraction that binds people together. In addition
to her natural gifts she had a magical girdle that compeled anyone she
wished to desire her.” 

He was originally the Greek God of love and the son of Chaos, the
primeval emptiness of the universe. To the earliest Greeks, Cupid
symbolized love in its purest form. Later tradition made him the son
of Aphrodite and he was chiefly identified with her, but also with any
other figure related to a story of love and seduction..”  [= Eros] 

“No wife of Hermes has been clearly identified and he was rather
promiscuous. With the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, another
offspring of Zeus, he had a daughter, Peitho, the personification of
persuasion and seduction.”

Peitho: Greek: Peiqw Transliteration: Peithô Translation: Persuasion /
Roman Name: Suada / Suadela   
“personification of persuasion and seduction. She was usually depicted
as a woman with her hair tied back in a bun, her hand raised in the
act of persuasion and often fleeing from the scene of a seduction.
An attendant of Aphrodite she helped the goddess persuade Helene to
elope with Paris.”

“In Roman mythology, Suadela was a goddess of persuasion, particularly
in romance, seduction and love. She was strongly associated with

“Venus is identified with Aphrodite of the Greek faith, and Turan of
the Etruscan. She is the Goddess of nature's productive power, as well
as the Goddess of charm and blossoming, and the patron of gardeners.
Later she became the Goddess of beauty and seduction.” 

She was the goddess of love and beauty who beguiled gods as well as
men. Only three could resist: Hestia, Artemis, and Athena. In the
Illiad, she was said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione, but later
in mythology, she was supposedly born from the sea foam. This sea
birth was near the island of Cythera and from there she floated to
Cyprus. Both islands were sacred to her. In early myths, she is shown
as beautiful, but soft and weak. Later, though, she was more of a
seductress, exerting trecherous or even deadly power over men. “ 

Kakia was a seductress. She was a Goddess of Vice, and she attempted
to seduce Heracles with promises of wealth and ease. Obviously, he
didn't give in.” 

“Diana - Moon Goddess and Goddess of the Hunt. Diana is many faceted.
She is a seductress as well as a mother figure for witches. The
classical moon goddess, she is still worshipped by neopagans today.” 

“Nymphs, too, may or may not be dangerous. Nymphs come from Greek
mythology; in general, a nymph is any perpetually young, ever-lovely
sprite. Nymphs tend to live in places such as woodlands, forests,
streams, or any other relatively wild, far-removed, natural location.
Dryads and hamadryads are tree-nymphs, while the ocean nymphs who
attended Poseidon were known as Nereids. The primal Greek god,
Dionysus, was accompanied by a number of wild nymphs known as the
Maenads, who performed his feral rituals in a drunken frenzy. Nymphs
in general reside in places where men are few and far between. But
their beauty is renowned. Nymphs such as Metis (the mother of Athena)
and Maia (the mother of Hermes) attracted Zeus himself, although it
must be noted that Zeus had the tendency to snark anything that was
even vaguely feminine and incredibly beautiful. The danger of being
charmed by a nymph, as with other freshwater sprites, seems to lie not
so much in their powers of attraction and purposeful seduction; but in
discovering their bewitching beauty largely by accident.” 

“Oshun: is syncretized as Our Lady of La Caridad del Cobre or St.
Cecilia. She is Goddess of the Rivers and represents beauty, love,
art, seduction and grace. She is the manifestation of human pleasure
and the overwhelming power of passion (both positive and negative).” 

“Oshun is the orisha deity who presides over carnal love and fertility
and is associated with pure and languid river waters. A seductress of
great ability, Oshun presides over beauty and physical attraction,
over dance and laughter.” 

“Chango is the God of fire, thunder and lightning, but Chango is also
the symbol of justice and protects his followers against enemies.
Chango symbolizes passion and virility and is often invoked in works
of seduction. Oshun, on the other hand, symbolizes river waters, love
and marriage. She is essentially the archetype of joy and pleasure.” 

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pahgo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
oh, WOW! amazing!  way more info than i ever thought i'd get--VERY
comprehensive!  and FAST, too!  thank you SO much!

Subject: Re: mythology & voodoo figures
From: tehuti-ga on 07 Jul 2003 01:13 PDT
Thank you for the kind comments and tip, pahgo. :)
Subject: Re: mythology & voodoo figures
From: d0220-ga on 09 Mar 2005 12:01 PST
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