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Rhea

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Other Names
Meter Theon (Mother of the Gods)

Queen of the Titans
Queen Mother of Olympus

Meter Megale (Great Mother)
Titaness of
Female Fertility, Flow, Motherhood, Regeneration, Comfort and Ease
Symbol
Chariot, tambourine, crown, cornucopia
Sacred Animal
Lion
Parents
Husband
Children
Siblings
Kronos, Crius, Coeus, Hyperion, Iapetos, Mnemosyne, Okeanos, Tethys, Phoibe, Theia, Themis (the Titans)

Kottos, Gyes and Briareos (the Hekathonkheires)

Brontês, Steropês and Argês (Elder Cyclopes)
Roman Name
Ops


Rhea (Gr: Ῥέα) was the Mother of the Gods (Meter Theon) and goddess of female fertility, flow, motherhood and regeneration. Her name means "flow" and "ease" As the wife of Kronos (Time), she represented the eternal flow of time and generations; as the great Mother (Meter Megale), the "flow" was menstrual blood, birth waters, and milk. She was also a goddess of comfort and ease, a blessing reflected in the common Homeric phrase "the gods who live at their ease (rhea)."

Rhea was closely identified with the Anatolian mother-goddess Kybele (Cybele). They were both depicted as matronly women, usually wearing a turret crown, and attended by lions.

Her Roman name is Ops.

Myth

Early History

Rhea was born to Gaia and Ouranos. She, along with her titan siblings, lived in a cave when they were young. Gaia offered a sickle made of flint to them to kill Ouranos. All but Kronos cowered in fear. When Kronos defeated their father, he took Rhea as a wife.

Titanomachy

Rhea had six children. Kronos ate five because Gaea said that his son would overtake him. Rhea hid baby Zeus in a cave in Crete to be raised by nymphs. When he grew old enough, he gave Rhea a mixture of mustard, wine, and a herb that would make Kronus throw up her children. He did so, and the war was started. After ten years, Zeus ended it by slicing Kronos into millions of pieces and threw him to Tartarus. Rhea went with him, because he was her husband.

Gigantomachy

Rhea took part in the Gigantomachy defeating the Gigantes. The precise amount of involvement is unknown though she does appear on the Pergamon Altar riding a lion armed with a bow and arrow.

Appearance

Rhea is generally depicted as a stately, solemn and matronly woman wearing a turret. She is also seen sitting on a throne wearing a luxurious robe with two lions accompanying her.

Powers & Abilities

Rhea was a very powerful Titan Deity, Queen of the Titans and Mother to the Elder Olympian Gods.

  • Unparalleled Geokinesis
    • Advanced Chlorokinesis
    • Mountain Manipulation
    • Soil Manipulation
  • Unparalleled Fertility Manipulation
  • Unparalleled Serenity Manipulation
    • Serenity Inducement
  • Advanced Psychokinesis
    • Telekinesis
    • Animal Manipulation
    • Empathy
    • Teleportation
  • Titan Physiology
    • Embodiement of the Land & Fertility
    • Advanced Size
    • Advanced Deity Creation
  • Lion Mimicry
  • Shapeshifting
  • Invulnerability
  • Rapid Regeneration
  • Immortality
  • Land Lordship
  • Enhanced Power

Children

Immortal

Siblings

Gallery

Sacred To Rhea


Gigantomachy

Trivia

Rhea was also the name of an Italian Priestess who was the mother of Aventinus by Heracles

Other Names

  • Ops

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