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Hephaestus

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Drawing of Hephaestus from 1906 book.
Hephaestus

Hephaestus was the Greek god of fire and blacksmiths.

His name sounds like hih FESS tuss. It is sometimes spelled Hephaistos.

People believed that volcanoes were the fires of his forges.

This god probably started as a minor fire god in Asian myths.

In the Greek myth he was the son of Zeus and Hera. They threw him out of Heaven.

He was disabled with a bad foot which made him lame.

He is shown in pictures and sculptures with a beard and mighty arms and shoulders.

His wife was the goddess Aphrodite.

The ancient Romans called him Vulcan.

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