HERA, Queen of Heaven
Goddess Hera Statue
8.5 inches tall /
Antique stone colored resin statue.
Powerful and regal, this statue depicts Hera holding a flowering apple branch
from her western orchard of immortality.
Romans worshipped her as Juno.
Matching Zeus/Jupiter statue to this Here can be found here.
[From a Greek Amphora, circa 700 BCE]
HERA, QUEEN OF HEAVEN
The queen of the Olympian deities, Hera is
the wife and sister of Zeus. This daughter of Cronus and Rhea was mainly
worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. Each year, Hera's virginity was
said to return after her bath at the well Canathus. Her children are the
smith-God Hephaestus, Goddess of Youth Hebe, and the God of war Ares.
Jealousy of her husband's many affairs plagued her and she punished her rivals
and their children with the fury of a woman scorned. Zeus tried to punish her,
usually by chaining her to Mount Olympus by attaching anvils to her feet.
Hera's main sanctuary was at Argos in the Peloponnesus, where she was worshipped
as the town goddess. Other temples stood in Olympia, Mycene, Sparta, Paestum,
Corinth, Tiryns, Perachora, and on the islands of Samos and Delos.
The proud peacock pulled her wagon. She was also known as Bopis, meaning
"with big eyes." Symbols of marriage, the crow and the pomegranate are
sacred to her. Other attributes include a diadem and a veil. Hera is portrayed
as a majestic, solemn woman.
Her Roman counterpart is Juno.
Amazon priestesses fought for matriarchy in Hera's name as recently as the time
of Herodotus (450 BCE).
As Goddesses everywhere lost power, Hera was forced into marriage with Zeus, but
retained her position as Queen of the Gods.
Her name is from the Aegean Greek for "Lady" or "Holy One."
Invite Hera to grace your altar.
Zeus was brother and consort of Hera. By Hera, Zeus sired Ares, Hebe and
Hephaestus, though some accounts say that Hera produced these offspring alone.
Some also include Eileithyia and Eris as their daughters. The conquests of Zeus
among nymphs and the mythic mortal progenitors of Hellenic dynasties are famous.
Olympian mythography even credits him with unions with Leto, Demeter, Dione and
Maia. Among mortals were Semele, Io, Europa and Leda (for more details, see
below) and with the young Ganymede (although he was mortal Zeus granted him
eternal youth and immortality).
Many myths render Hera as jealous of his amorous conquests and a consistent
enemy of Zeus' mistresses and their children by him. For a time, a nymph named
Echo had the job of distracting Hera from his affairs by talking incessantly,
and when Hera discovered the deception, she cursed Echo to repeat the words of
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