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Top 5 Ancient Mythology Battles Between Gods
5- Ares vs Athena
In Greek Mythology, Ares, God of War, son of Zeus and Hera, was known for his thirst for battle. During the Trojan War, after Zeus gave Gods permission to join the battle, Ares took the side of the Trojans while Athena, Godess of Wisdom, daughter of Zeus and Metis, and whom only fought for justice joined the Greeks side. While on battle Ares faced Diomedes, King of Anatolia, while they were battling, Athena used Hades helmet of invisibility to drive Ares spear off-course, giving Diomedes the opportunity to strike Ares. Badly wounded Ares was forced to leave the battlefield and return to Mount Olympo.
4- Heimdall vs Loki
Loki, son of the giant Fárbauti, was well known to be the wily trickster god of Norse mythology, causing many problems and atrocities among other gods. Heimdall was the Guardian of the Gates of Asgard, possessor of Gjallarhorn horn, which one day he would use to summon other gods to Ragnarok (final battle that would result in the destruction of gods and humans).
Heimdall despised Loki because he kept going in and out of Asgard without his knowledge. One day Loki stole Brisingamen (necklace of the goddess Freyja) and Heimdall pursued him for a long time, followed by a battle where both shifted into many beasts, birds and giants. After a full day battling, Heimdall overpowered Loki, who had tried to escape in a seal form. Loki would forever hate Heimdall. It was foreseen that during Ragnarok the two gods would battle again resulting in Heimdall and his nemesis Loki killling each other.
3- Amaterasu vs Susanoo
In Japanese Mythology, Amaterasu was the Goddess of the Sun and the Universe, daughter of Izanagi and sister of Susanoo God of the Sea and Storms. Susanoo was vicious and misbehaved, as a punishment Izanagi banished him to Yomi (land of the dead), before leaving, Susanoo went to say goodbye to its sister Amaterasu, doubting his honesty, asked for a proof of good faith. A challenge was set, the one who could bring forth more noble divine children would be victorious, Amaterasu made three women from Susanoo's sword, right afterwards Susanoo made five men from Amaterasu necklace. Since the necklace belonged to the Goddess, both claimed victory. Susanoo went on a violent rampage and killed a half-flayed pony (Amaterasu sacred animal). In anger Amaterasu hid in a cave, driving the sun with her and the all world went into darkness.
2- Zeus vs Typhon
Zeus was the “Father of Gods and men, God of the Sky and Thunder, Cronus most powerful son. After losing a battle against Zeus, Mother Earth Gaea created a colossal monster to fight the great God and overthrown him. She named him Typhon, the deadliest monster of Greek Mythology, known as “Father of All Monsters” and described as being a massive giant with one hundred dragons coming from its neck and bearing gigantic viper coils.
Typhon attacked Mount Olympus, flaming rocks and spiting fire. Some Gods fled to Egypt where they disguised as animals. Armed with thunder and lightening’s Zeus wounded the monster and chased him until Mount Casion, but Typhon saw an opportunity, wrapped the God in his coils and cut the tendons from his hands and feet. Overpowered by the monster, Zeus was taken to Mount Parnassus, where Hermes, his son, found him and fixed his tendons, enraged in hatred Zeus stroke Typhon with thunderbolts and chased him until the island of Sicily where Zeus threw the gigantic Mount Aetna at the monster pining him underneath it.
Titanomarhy was a ten year battle between Titans (old generation Gods) led by Cronus, most powerful of the first Titans, and Olympians (new generation gods) led by Zeus, son of Cronus. While in battle Gaia advised Zeus to release Cyclopes from its dungeon, as a gift for its freedom Cyclopes and the Giants became allies with Zeus and his brothers. Cyclopes gave Zeus the power over lightening, Hades the helmet of invisibility and Poseidon a trident. The helmet allowed Hades to steal Cronus weapons, opening a distraction for Poseidon to attack him with the trident and Zeus to unleash a lightening on Cronus, defeating him. After their victory, Olympians imprisoned the defeated Titans in Tartarus.
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