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The goddess Hera was classified as an imposing and capricious woman, until the god Zeus wanted her as his wife and she refused such a request. She refused because of the fame he already had. She felt good being a powerful goddess and she didn't need him. The story of her life describes her little by little how she ends up being a tempestuous woman and that she was governed by jealousy that put her in a spiteful and vindictive position.
Zeus was the god of the heavens, the god of thunder and he was a lover who took a fancy to Hera who was also his sister, from the same father and mother.
Zeus deceived her, he wanted to have her but she was firm in her denial, but on one occasion when Zeus saw the opportunity to deceive her he transformed himself, that was one of the things he used to do to copulate with women he liked, Hera took in her arms a small bird, which seemed unprotected to her and which touched her. By caressing her, Zeus took advantage and caught his goddess. He had turned into the bird and took Hera in his arms, raping her. In view of this fact the goddess agrees to marry Zeus, and this is how Hera's vengeful personality grows.
Zeus was a loving god, he was infatuated with many women of mythology, muses, nymphs, mortals and goddesses were harassed by the god and by not agreeing to his requests they were mocked by the cunning of Zeus, who always got what he wanted. After that Hera was in charge of finding out whom he had slept with and began her revenge. Strangely she never did it against Zeus but against the women who fell into his hands.
On one occasion, Hera, tired of Zeus's love affairs, conspired against him and joined forces with the goddess Athena and Poseidon to overthrow the god of the gods. He found out and punished his wife for that act against him. After that Hera never fought against him again and Zeus forgave her, she was even considered by the other gods as the protective goddess of marriage.
The hatred that Hera felt towards her husband's behavior due to the fact that his infidelities denigrated her caused her to constantly take revenge on the women with whom her husband fell in love with.
The goddess Hera was filled with jealousy and her husband Zeus was a tireless sexual harasser. When his lovers did not correspond to his threats, he modified his figure and then raped the women. They both exceeded their powers for being the most powerful gods of all gods.
There are many stories that speak of Hera's anger towards any woman whom her husband Zeus made her lover or mother of other children. For example, when Zeus impregnated Leto, she would have twins and Hera did not allow Leto to have her birth on land and forbade the goddess of childbirth to attend her, knowing this Leto fled to an island, which was his transformed sister and there he had his two children, Apollo and Artemis.
The story also goes that Lamia also fell to Hera's wrath, when she found out that Lamia was pregnant with Zeus, she turned her into a monster and killed her children. Hera condemned Lamia to live with her eyes open, unable to close them so that she could see her children dead forever.
Even Heracles himself experienced Hera's anger. When he was just a child, Hera sent two snakes to kill him but the strength that Heracles had as the son of the god Zeus prevented such a thing from happening. Heracles took the two snakes and killed them with his own strength, since he had that gift of the strongest man or demigod. Heracles was born from the union of Zeus with Alcmena, a mortal who he also tricked into having sex with her and getting her pregnant.
And so there are many interesting stories in Greek mythology about the life of a goddess who was first of all a woman and used her excessive power as a goddess of Olympus to assert her right as a woman and wife of the god Zeus, the god of the heavens and that of thunder.
It seems that it is unfair how instead of taking it out on him she did it on women. Although they were usually women deceived by the multiple ways he assumed to satisfy his sexual appetite.
This was never the goddess Hera's problem. Her anger was beyond all logic, because she was carried away by the rage that represented the mockery that Zeus made of her every time he denigrated her with his lovers. Jealousy overwhelmed her and against all thought of taking things slowly through so many disappointments with her husband's behavior, she found it pleasurable to destroy any woman on whom he laid eyes and even send the women to kill the fruit of her husband's affair and that was her emotional priority.
Revenge, hatred, little respect for the lives of others from people with a certain power towards less privileged people are the feelings that life forms give to these mythological stories.
What if the goddess instead of punishing so many women had tried to help them? Because they all went through terrible times, including Hera's own story. They were harassed, raped and finally tortured, by an act for whom they were not guilty. The stories would be completely different.
Do these stories bring you any reflection? Thinking that the power that gives you a certain privilege can be used to belittle or run over those you can? Or can you take your own misfortune to serve as support along with your strengths to help everyone you can help?