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God of Happiness

Post  ChrisWAldridge on Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:18 am

Is there a Deity of Happiness in ancient Greek religion? In the past, I remember finding the name of such a Divinity, but there was no concrete evidence that they were actually a Greek God or Goddess to my memory.

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Re: God of Happiness

Post  Thrasyvoulos on Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:55 pm

Eudaemonia (happiness), Euphrosyne (mirth, joy), Euthymia (good cheer), and Gelos (laughter) would be the closest. Though these are personifications of human emotion, or the daemones which embody those emotions, depending on perspective.

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Post  DavidMcCann on Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:05 pm

Euphrosyne, as one of the Charites, certainly had a cult. They shared an altar with Dionysos at Olympia and had their own sanctuaries in Boeotia and on Paros.

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Post  Thrasyvoulos on Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:06 pm

Oops! Thanks for pointing that out, I've been on autopilot most of the day heh

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