Maia: The “Great Mother” Of Hermes


Maia in ancient Greek religion, is one of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes. Maia is the daughter of Atlas and Pleione the Oceanid, and is the oldest of the seven Pleiades. They were born on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia, and are sometimes called mountain nymphs, Simonides of Ceos sang of “mountain Maia” “of the lovely black eyes.” Because they were daughters of Atlas, they were also called the Atlantides. According to the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, Zeus in the dead of night secretly begot Hermes upon Maia, who avoided the company of the gods, in a cave of Cyllene. After giving birth to the baby, Maia wrapped him in blankets and went to sleep. The rapidly maturing infant Hermes crawled away to Thessaly, where by night-fall of his first day he stole some of his half-brother Apollo’s cattle and invented the lyre from a tortoise shell. Maia refused to believe Apollo when he claimed Hermes was the thief and Zeus then sided with Apollo.Finally, Apollo exchanged the cattle for the lyre, which became one of his identifying attributes. Maia also raised the infant Arcas, the child of Callisto with Zeus…watch video for more…Ancient Mystery.

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