Monday, June 3, 2024

Myth of the Month: Tithonos

Eos, the Titan Goddess of the dawn, rises each morning gloriously with Her trumpets and roses to announce the coming of the new day for both Gods and men.

Eos, like other Goddesses, loved Gods as well as mortal men, and one of such in the times of old was a Trojan Prince named Tithonos. He caught Her eye in a very exceptional and unique way, and She grew so in love that She would visit him every single day.

Eos knew She never wanted to be without him, so She asked Zeus to make him immortal, which the King of the Gods granted. However, while Eos had now made Her lover immortal, She had forgotten to also ask that he remain young forever. After a century, Tithonos was so old that he could barely move, and the longer time went on, the more pain and decay he found himself subjected to, but death never came. Eos attempted to ease his pain by locking him in a safe, unknown location away from the outside world, but even that couldn't change the fact that he was not even a shadow of his former self, only a bed ridden man in constant pain. 

Eos realized that despite Her attempt to keep Her love forever, She had indeed lost him in his mortal form. But She discovered a way to change that form and forge it into a new life that became the grasshopper. These insects chant at the break of dawn, singing to Eos as She comes forth each day.

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