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Vulcan : The God of Fire

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Description
Origin Roman Mythology
Classification Gods
Family Members Juno (Mother), Jupiter (Father), Venus (Wife), Minerva, Mercury, Mars, Prosperina (Siblings)
Region Italy
Associated With Fire, Metallurgy, Volcanoes

Vulcan

Introduction

Vulcan is the Roman god of fire, who is most associated with its destructive manifestations, such as volcanoes and conflagrations. He had his own priest (flamen) in Rome, where his worship was practiced since antiquity and on August 23, the Volcanalia, his most important festival, is held. To mark the occasion, Roman family heads threw tiny fish into the fire. As suggested by his nicknames Quietus and Mulciber (Fire Allayer), Vulcan was invoked to put out fires.

His temples were appropriately situated outside the city because he was a deity of destructive fire. In Roman mythology, Vulcan was Caeculus’s father and the man who founded Praeneste, which is now Palestrina, Italy. According to Virgil in Book VIII of the Aeneid, Vulcan was also the father of the monster Cacus, who was killed by Hercules for stealing his cattle.

Physical Traits

Vulcan was said to be extremely ugly and had a deformity which affected his leg and back. This made his an outcast from the pantheon. He harboured resentment against the gods and also was angry on himself for being repulsive to others. He built a chair that also served as a trap to ensnare Juno, his mother. Once Juno sat on the chair, she was trapped and could not release herself from it.

Jupiter then commanded Vulcan to release Juno and asked Venus, the goddess of love to marry Vulcan in return. This ended up being a loveless marriage as Venus was not attracted to Vulcan and cheated on him several times. It is said that when Venus cheated on him, Vulcan would get angry and beat the metal in the forges so hard that sparks would fly out of Mt Etna.

Family

Vulcan was the son of Juno and Jupiter and he was a prominent member of the Roman pantheon. His full siblings included Mars and Bellona. Through Jupiter, he also had several half-siblings. Some of these include Mercury, the messenger god of the Roman state, as well as Proserpina, the child of Pluto, who was abducted by the enemy. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, was also among his half-siblings.

He married Venus, a goddess of love, lust, and sex, which provided him with a beautiful contrast to his unfavorable image. His sons from other wives include Cecrops, Philammon, Corynetes and Spinther.

Other names

The Old Latin name of “Vulcan” or “Vulcanus” is derived from the Latin word “volcano” and “fire,” which implies that he was associated with the fires at the forge. It could also refer to his childhood in Sicily’s Mt. Etna volcano.

Powers and Abilities

When he was a child, he lived in a cave beneath Sicily’s Mt Etna. The caverns beneath it provided him with all the knowledge he would need to become a skilled blacksmith. The molten core of the volcano gave him access to burning embers, and he would then create a fire using his own design using bellows.

After he had extracted the ores from his subterranean home, he started to heat them up. Upon cooling them down, the resulting metals, such as silver, copper, gold, and iron, could be turned into various weapons and armor.

Through his subterranean workshop, he was able to master the art of forging. He was able to create Jupiter‘s scepter and various other notable items, such as Mercury‘s winged shield and his lightning bolts. 

Modern Day Influence

The name “Vulcan,” which was used to refer to a race of alien humans in the TV series Star Trek. Like the god of the same name, the members of the race would often avoid emotional outbursts and rely on logic to guide their actions. The term “volcano” refers to the various vents in the Earth’s crust that allow hot gases and lava to escape and is said to be named after Vulcan to symbolise his mastery over fire and metallurgy.

The city of Sheffield is known for its steel industry. One of the most prominent landmarks in the city is the statue of the god of steel, which is located on the Town Hall’s roof. In Birmingham, Alabama, a massive statue of this deity is known to be the world’s largest cast iron statue. In Smite, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, Gods of the universe battle each other and Vulcan is a playable character. In B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler’s The Automation, the god of steel, also known as Vulcan, is a main character. Although his role in the novel is usually a minor one, he and his wife Venus are still significant to the story.

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