Nyx – Greek Goddess of Night

Many know of my enjoyment of the ancient history and mythology to the point where the middle part of my author name is a dedication to the Greek doddess of the night. Nyx was one of the first gods created in the universe and is the mother of numerous minor gods. She is one of the few goddesses that is feared by Zeus and is part of the cycle between day and nighttime.

Nyx is a child of Chaos and helped shape the cosmos. With her husband Eretbus or also known as Darkness, she created Sleep (Hypos) and Death (Thanatos). Hypnos and Thanatos are the only two links to Eretbus. Moros (destiny), Keres (destruction), Oneiror (dreams), Momus (blame), Oizys (pain), Moirai (fates), Nemesis (retribution), Apate (deceit), Eris (strife), Geras (old age), and Phioltos (friendship). Nyx shares her duties with her daughter Hemera (day), creating the cycle of the sun rising and setting.

Nyx Greek Goddess of Night

Nyx Greek Goddess of Night

Symbolism of a Goddess Nyx is feared by her brother Zeus who has prevented his rage from being bestowed upon Hypos a minor god who has put Zeus to sleep on Hera’s orders. Her home is in Tartarus the prison of monsters hidden under the underworld. She is the embodiment of darkness, creating the human fear of the unknown.

Attraction of a Goddess

The statues of the goddess is discovered in temples belonging to the other gods showing respect to the Goddess that is not well-known in myth and legends. Nyx is known for being an attractive woman in a black dress surrounded by mist. She rides a chariot with her sons Hypos and Thanatos showing the parallel between sleep and death. In the cult of Nyx twins are named after her sons.

Nyx Greek Goddess of Night

Nyx Greek Goddess of Night

Furthermore, Nyx is a shadow form using the fear of the night to strengthen her rank among the gods. She is the famine personification of darkness. She is fear by both Gods and mortals due to her mysterious persona. The night is unknown for no ray of light can penetrate it. Even in the modern era we still fear the time after sunset, knowing that under the cover of darkness chaos rules the world.

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