Myths of the Moons: Castration, Cannibalism, and Volcanoes… Oh My! (Saturn)

To say that the Greek gods had daddy issues does them little service; Saturn castrated his father, while his own son, Zeus, left him equally dismembered (in fairness to Zeus, his father had attempted eat to him alive).

So, the themes of consumption and dismemberment run through Greek mythology. The first war of the gods ended with Uranus being castrated, an action that would befall the child who committed said act: Saturn, who in turn, was doomed for castration, after his mother (Gaia) turned against him.

Deity comes with a price.

Still, Saturn had a few siblings.

Before the Titanomachy, there was the Gigantomachy; this was a war of unknown scale, and unforeseen violence. It didn’t end well for any of the survivors; the Titans and Giants who lived to see another day were battle-scarred and road hard.

Still, some survived.

Today, we’ll look at one of Saturn’s siblings:


Mimas has little to say to us. Unless you’re a Martian, in which case you shouldn’t like this fellow; he has very little respect for Aries, also known as Mars.

Aries slew Mimas: then again, there are other tales of the giant’s demise. However, before he died, he left behind an interesting moon:


Another Death Star? There seems to be a pattern here….

So where was this giant buried?

Mt. Etna, which will be a point of interest when we consider his sibling, Enceladus.

Enceladus, who fought the goddess Athena, the buried giant who still makes the grounds tremble.

And that will be the next moon we venture to, until then….

Keep looking up.

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