As the son of Jupiter and Juno, the King and Queen of the Gods, Vulcan should have been quite handsome but the baby was so small and ugly. Juno was expecting a nice and handsome baby, but when Juno the mother of Vulcan saw her baby, she was so horrified that she threw the newborn baby from the top of Mount Olympus.
Vulcan fell down into the sea and during the fall one of his legs broke. Therefore which he never developed properly. Vulcan was found after and raised by the sea-nymph Thesis.
In his later childhood, he found the remains of a fisherman’s fire on the beach and he became fascinated with unextinguished coal. Vulcan shut his glowing coal in a clamshell and took it to his underwater grotto.
Vulcan managed to make a fire with it, this is also the reason why he was called the God of Fire. After a few days, he was able to make bracelets, chains, swords, and shields.
Later, Thesis attended a dinner party on Mount Olympus, she wore a silver necklace with sapphires which Vulcan made for her. Juno admired the necklace and asked Thetis from where she got this necklace.
Thetis became nervous, Juno became suspicious too. Thetis then discovered the truth that the baby she had once rejected grew into a talented blacksmith. Juno became furious and demanded Vulcan to come back to his home. Vulcan refused her demand, but however, Vulcan sent Juno a beautiful chair made of silver and gold.
She was pleased with his but suddenly the happiness gone when she sat on it, the metal bands sprung forth and clung her tightly. The chair was a Trap, in which she trapped almost for three days.
Then her father Jupiter promised Vulcan that if he released her, he would give him Venus, the goddess of love and beauty as his wife. Vulcan later on agreed and released her mother Juno and married to Venus.
MARRIAGE OF VULCAN
Vulcan was married to Venus, she was considered the fairest goddess of all the goddesses. Eventually, she ended up married to the ugliest God of fire “Vulcan”. that is why Venus was also famous for unfaithful towards her husband Vulcan.
Evidently, when Vulcan came to know that his wife Venus having an affair with his brother Mars, the God of war, Vulcan was outraged and made an unbreakable golden net to trap both lovers.
However he caught them both in the net and called all the other gods for bashing and mockery, so they could embarrass in front of all the others. However, the plan didn’t work out as he already thought. All other Gods started making fun of Vulcan rather than bashing on Venus and Mars.
He finally decided that this type of publicity turned out to be his own humiliation and dishonor.
According to the legends, whenever Vulcan came to know that Venus had an affair, he would get so angry so he erupts a volcano, This is why there are so many volcanoes in that region.
ROMAN BLACKSMITH GOD
Hephaestus was a counterpart of Vulcan in greek mythology. He was the god of fire, metalworking, and blacksmiths. Hephaestus served as the blacksmith of the gods. The weapons of all the gods in Olympus were all made by him. His symbol was a smith’s hammer, anvil and a pair of tongs.
In Olympus, Hephaestus had his own palace. In his workshop, with twenty men working for him, Hephaestus forged the equipment of the god. Some of the best-known equipment he made were Herme’s helmet and sandals.
The Aegis breastplate, which was worn by Athena, Achilles armor, and Eos’ Bow and arrows. Hephaestus also created all the thrones in the Palace of Olympus. Hephaestus had help from his three assistants, the Cyclopes Brontes, Steropes, and Arges.
In the “Iliad, homers tell us something fascinating, Namely that Hephaestus had fashioned for himself handmaiden of golds who were able to understand him, speak to him and assist him. And they weren’t the only creations of this kind.
Among other automata, Hephaestus sculpted golden dogs to guard the palace of Alcinous and Talos, a giant bronze man to protect Crete. Some even say that at the request of “Zeus”. He also sculpted the first mortal women ‘Pandora”. Finally, Hephaestus was the creator of the most stunning pieces of military equipment ever seen.
Most famously, as a favor to Thetis, he created the shield of Archives, whose five bronze layers he masterfully engraved with scenes representing almost all aspects of life. He was also the one who made the scepter of Agamemnon, the breast-plate of Diomedes, and the sword of Peleus.
Hephaestus the greek good of blacksmith and fire. He was also associated with other craftsmen, sculptors, carpenters, and metalworkers. Hephaestus was also evident in the name of his Roman counterpart Vulcan, so he was associated with volcanoes.
He was the husband of none other than Aphrodite herself. It is not known what the name Hephaestus means. However, since its similar to a few Greek god’s toponyms (Phaistos). it is supposed that Hephaestus is a very old deity.
He was arguably the most extraordinary member of the Olympian Pantheon. Bearded and ugly and stocky and lame, he neither possesses the physical flawlessness of the other god’s nor does he stimulate the fitting respect.
Sometimes he is depicted with an oval cap and almost always with a hammer and an anvil. Hephaestus sometimes also referred to as “shrewd” and habitually as the “Aetnaean” since his workshop was believed to be located under Mount Aetna. Hephaestus’ creations were masterwork, no one but him was able to build the indestructible bronze mansions where all the other Olympians lived.
Crafty and cunning, he added a distinctive element here and there such as the secure doors of Hera’s chamber which no other god but her could open.
Vulcan was used to famous for the God of fire with a destructive power of fire. This festival named the Volcanalia festival which celebrate every year during the heat of the summer months. August 23rd is dedicated to the Volcanalia Festival in honor of Vulcan.
The people of Rome sacrifices their fishes and threw them into the fire. It was also customary on this day to commence working by candlelight, which was mainly contemplated as an auspicious launch of the use of fire. Vulcans’ oldest shrine in Rome, the Vulcan was located at the foot of Capitoline Hill in the Roman forum.
As stated about the Vulcanalia festival, during very ancient times this festival was designed to worship Vulcan. Each year 23rd august in summer. At that time Flamen was the Vulcan’s Personal priest. In this summer in Rome, all temples dedicated and open the for the public to worshiping him, which were located in the outer parts of Roman cities.
The reason to create a Pandora Box was to punish humanity, after the order from Zeus to Hephaestus to mold a woman, the first mortal woman which was created by Hephaestus, a woman who would wreak havoc on earth. The catastrophe of mankind. Until now who had been living the life of God as immortal.
Delinquent to the many gifts bestowed upon her, the first mortal woman was named Pandora, meaning “the all-endowed” or, “the all-gifted”
Pandora Box according to Greek mythology, the first woman on Earth. She was created by Gods, each one of them gave her a gift, thus, her name in Greek means “the one who bears all gifts”.