E is for Enceladus

Taken from here
Enceladus was one of the Gigantes, the enormous children of Gaia (Earth).
During the battle between the Gigantes and the Olympian gods, Athena hit Enceladus with a spear and proceeded to crush him beneath the island of Sicily, so that he lay beneath Mount Etna. It is said that his breath feeds the fires of Mount Etna, and he causes volcanic tremors when he rolls his injured side beneath the volcano.
Other versions of the story say that Zeus killed Enceladus with a flash of lightning, and then buried him underneath the volcano.

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  1. I love these myths about gods sleeping under mountains or volcanos. I always wonder what would happen if they suddenly woke up ;)

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  2. I'm more familiar with the Olympians than I am with the Gigantes, but the story of Enceladus sounds fascinating.

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  3. I got side tracked by the thought of "the enormous children of Gaia" as there is much concern that children are putting on too much weight these days in the West. However I am sure no one has suggested that we bury them under a volcano, OK I have friends who might suggest a few names but I will warn them about the fiery breath.

    onwards to F

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  4. "It is said that his breath feeds the fires of Mount Etna, and he causes volcanic tremors when he rolls his injured side beneath the volcano."
    That's creepy, lol.

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  5. At least one thing is true... he is under that volcano.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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  7. Love Greek Mythology! So very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Good Post!

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  8. I love this topic, so much to inspire.

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  9. Greeks had such creative ways of explaining natural phenomena! Both stories are pretty cool.

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  10. Great topic. Sadly, I know so little about Greek Mythology. I need to change that! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Fascinating story. I don't know much about Greek Gods so it's a new adventure for me to read about them. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. He is under the volcano? And he still causes eruptions after all this time, I'm glad he is there and not out :D

    These are truly fascinating!

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  13. I love when myth attempts to explain things seen in nature. The stories are fascinating and say a lot about the culture they come from.

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  14. Hi Laura,

    What a treat A to Z is getting to see allt he different interests of people and their imaginative approaches. Myths are always fascinating. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

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  15. Either way, buried alive or dead, it appears he's not happy about it!

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  16. I love how he was killed in this Laura, really interesting story to me.

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  17. I used to live in Sicily and, at one point, near Mt. Etna. I had never heard the story of Enceladus before, though.

    Very cool!

    Left and Write

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  18. Enceladus is one of my favorite moons of Saturn :) It was cool to learn more about the god it was named after.

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  19. Cool! Mythology is a great subject.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers

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  20. Great post! I am unfamiliar with Gaia myths so very interesting to read

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  21. I have to say that my mind went directly to Saturn's moon. Of course, I think it's crazy that Enceladus breaths the fires of Mount Etna and cryovolcanoes were discovered on the moon.

    Sometimes coincidences are eerie.

    Cath from Dramatics and Words

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  22. Either way, that Enceladus needs to stop eating spicy foods! Setting off destructive volcanic eruptions and whatnot.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  23. This is a brand-new figure for me. Definitely whetting my appetite to learn more.

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