“The Peacock complaining to Juno”, by Gustave Moreau (1881).
Hera (Roman equivalent: Juno) was Zeus’ wife and sister, and was raised by the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was the supreme goddess, patron of marriage, family and childbirth, having a special interest in protecting married women.
Hera, like her siblings, was swallowed by her father Cronos (Rhea‘s husband) as soon as she was born.
Zeus with the help of Metis later tricked Cronos into a swallowing a potion that forced him to disgorge his offspring.
Johann Jakob Bachofen (“An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient ), considered that Hera, was originally the goddess of a matriarchal people, presumably inhabiting Greece before the…
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