J is for Jupiter – God of Thunder – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.


 

 

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Jupiter in a wall painting from Pompeii, with eagle and globe (Wikipedia)

J is for Jupiter

Who wouldn’t want to meet the God of Thunder?

Jupiter, also known as Jove, was the Roman god of the sky and thunder, considered to be a king of the gods equivalent to the Greek God Zeus. He has a thunderbolt and is pictured on many Roman coins. They built temples to worship him and sacrificed white animals in his honor.

“Jupiter was the chief deity of Roman state religions … until Chritianity became the dominant religion of the Empire.” (Wikipedia)

Next time you hear thunder, think of Jupiter.


 

References:

Wikipedia

Featured Image – A marble statue of Jupiter from c. 200 AD (Wikipedia)


MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY

anubisA is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart

B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me

C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Godsisis

D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons

E is for Ekeko, God of Good Luck and Abundance

F is for Freya, Norse Goddess of Love

G is the Gitche Manitou, The Great Spirit

H is for Hell – Is it Around the Corner?800px-Luca_Signorelli_001

I is for Isis – An Ancient Egyptian Goddess with Magic

J is for Jupiter

 

 

 

 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website - http://jo-anncarson.com

2 thoughts on “J is for Jupiter – God of Thunder – A to Z Challenge”

    1. Hi Susan,
      It does seem weird that they chose white animals doesn’t it. But I didn’t find any explanation.
      Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
      Best Wishes
      Jo-Ann

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