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Poseidon is a god of many names He is most famous as the god of the sea The son of Cronus and Rhea Poseidon is one of six siblings who eventually divided the power of the world His brothers and sisters include Hestia Demeter Hera Hades and Zeus The division of the universe involved him and his brothers Zeus and Hades Poseidon became ruler of the sea Zeus ruled the sky and Hades got the underworld The other divinities attributed to Poseidon involve the god of earthquakes and the god of horses The symbols associated with Poseidon include dolphins tridents and three-pronged fish spears Poseidon was relied upon by sailors for a safe voyage on the sea Many men drowned horses in sacrifice of his honor He lived on the ocean floor in a palace made of coral and gems and drove a chariot pulled by horses However Poseidon was a very moody divinity and his temperament could sometimes result in violence When he was in a good mood Poseidon created new lands in the water and a calm sea In contrast when he was in a bad mood Poseidon would strike the ground with a trident and cause unruly springs and earthquakes ship wrecks and drownings One of the most notorious love affairs of Poseidon involves his sister Demeter Poseidon pursued Demeter and to avoid him she turned herself into a mare In his lust for her Poseidon transformed himself into a stallion and captured her Their procreation resulted in a horse Arion Poseidon is Greek for Husband possibly of wheat and therefore it is thought that he and Demeter goddess of wheat are a good match because they reign as the god and goddess of fertility Another infamous story of Poseidon involves the competition between him and the goddess of war Athena for the city of Athens To win the people of the city over Poseidon threw a spear at the ground
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