Thursday, October 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday - M is for Morpheus

Morpheus is one of my favorite gods, just because I love sleeping, and can never sleep long, lol!

He is the Greek winged God of Dreams and Sleep, the "shaper of dreams". Son of Hypnos, god of sleep, and Brightness/Aglia, one of the Graces. Some say he was married to Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow.

He had the ability of get the shape and form of whomever he wanted, so that he would appear in king's and heroes's dreams to guide and teach them (but he could only take the shape of men). His two brothers were also shape shifters: Phobetor, could take the shape of animals and create terrible, fearsome dreams, and Phantasos, could take the shape of inanimate objects and create fantastic dreams. Together they were known as the Oneiroi.

He himself would sleep in a darkened cave, on black bed, surrounded by poppy flowers (very appropriated!). Morphine is named after this God, and one of my favorite expressions describing sleep is "to be in the arms of Morpheus".

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4 comentários:

Lilac Wolf (Angie or Angela) said...

God of sleep and dreams...maybe that's who I need hanging over my bead. I used to make dream catchers - making good sleep is always good.

Anonymous said...

I've always liked the name Morpheus, it's nice to know the story behind it!

Unknown said...

Morpheus ensures a quiet relaxing sleep when you are in his arms.
Have a great weekend Nydia.

Roger Owen Green said...

Zzzzzzzz - oh, sorry, nodded off. Must be the Morpheus effect!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team