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Post  Camable on Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:53 am

I was reading the Orphic hymns (Athanssakis translation) and he gives the hymn to the stars.  I wanted to know the Greek name, so I went to Theoi.com and looked up stars and a Titan called Astraios comes up.  It says he is "the Titan god of the stars and planets", but then goes on to say he is "the father...of the stars".  So...which is it?

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Re: Astraios

Post  Erodius on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:32 am

Orphic mythology often differs from that of non-Orphic traditions — there are far fewer specifically-named minor deities. 'Titans' for instance, are usually not given specific names. Our mythology is often more streamlined.

Many of the hymns, for instance, are devoted to recipients that aren't specifically named gods. In this case, 'stars' is referring to the literal stars of the constellations.

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Re: Astraios

Post  Camable on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:36 am

Thank you for clarifying that.

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