Mercury god of thieves and trickery. Mercury is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, Mercury is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry) messages, communication (including divination) travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld. He was considered the son of Maia, who was a daughter of the Titan Atlas, and Jupiter in Roman mythology. He was the “keeper of boundaries” referring to his role as bridge between the upper and lower worlds. In his earliest forms, Mercury appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms; both gods share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes. Mercury is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. Similar to his Greek equivalent Hermes, he was awarded the caduceus by Apollo who handed him a magic wand, which later turned into the caduceus. Mercury did not appear among the numinous di indigetes of early Roman religion. Rather, he subsumed the earlier, Dei Lucrii, as Roman religion was syncretized with Greek religion during the time of the Roman Republic, starting around the 4th century BC. From the beginning, Mercury had essentially the same aspects as Hermes, wearing winged shoes and a winged hat, and carrying the caduceus, a herald’s staff with two entwined snakes that was Apollo’s gift to Hermes. Mercury was often accompanied by a cockerel, herald of the new day, a ram or goat, and a tortoise, referring to Mercury’s legendary invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell. There is so much more information on this channel about Mercury/Hermes/Thoth they are known by many names in many myths and legends all of which can be found here at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on youtube.
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