Crypto Gods is a series that personifies some of the more popular cryptocurrencies as Greek gods.
THE NEW GODS .
In Greek mythology, the Titans were the rulers of the cosmos. They gave birth to and were eventually overthrown by a more clever generation of Gods known as the Olympian Gods. These are the Greek gods that many people know in popular culture. After reading a bit about the stories around these various gods, they stood out to me as a metaphor for what is going on right now in the world monetary system. With the advent of crypto currencies and the implications of them becoming a mainstream phenomena, it seems possible that the old Gods are at risk of being overthrown. This series set out to illustrate that.
THE KING OF THE GODS.
“Even the gods who are not his natural children address him as Father, and all the gods rise in his presence.”
The idea that Zeus should represent Bitcoin seemed fairly obvious to me. This was the jumping off point for the whole series. Zeus was the King of the Gods and led the Gods in their overtaking of the Titans. He is the most well, known of the Olympian Gods.
Bitcoin has been the leader of the crypto-space since the beginning. When Bitcoin goes up, the whole market goes up. When it falls, the whole market feels it. When they implemented the lightning network, the whole Zeus parallel solidified for me.
GOD OF THE VINE.
“…His wine, music and ecstatic dance free his followers from self-conscious fear and care, and subvert the oppressive restraints of the powerful. Those who partake of his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the god himself. “
I chose to represent Ethereum with the Greek God Dionysus. Some of the main characteristics that stood out to me from the Ethereum project were that there was one main “Vine” or blockchain in which all the other tokens branched off from. Dionysus is associated with the vine, grape harvest, and wine-making. The creation of smart contracts running on the blockchain adds a beautiful alchemy to Ethereum. I like the metaphor of the grape being the tokens created on the network and the wine being the smart contracts that use them. There is an art to the alchemy and one wrong move can lead the whole thing to being spoiled.
There are also some interesting parallels that make the Dionysus/Ethereum pairing work. Does anyone remember the ICO fervor from 2017? Where people bought into ICOs like drunken fools? There is also the interesting birth story of Dionysus being twice born, and interesting parallel to the blockchain rollback that occurred very early in Ethereum’s infancy as a result of the DAO hack that occured.
“A strange accident happened in the course of building, which showed that the goddess was not averse to the work, but was aiding and co-operating to bring it to perfection. One of the artificers, the quickest and the handiest workman among them all, with a slip of his foot fell down from a great height, and lay in a miserable condition, the physicians having no hope of his recovery. When Pericles was in distress about this, the goddess [Athena] appeared to him at night in a dream, and ordered a course of treatment, which he applied, and in a short time and with great ease cured the man.”
Life of Pericles
In Greek Mythology, Athena was born from her father Zeus’ head. Athena was the God of Warfare, Wisdom, and handicraft. Athena was known as Atrytone (Άτρυτώνη “the Unwearying”), Parthenos (Παρθένος “Virgin”), and Promachos (Πρόμαχος “she who fights in front”).
Litecoin started as a clone of Bitcoin. Seeing as it was a lighter, smaller coin, it served as the testing ground for new ideas and technology that the Bitcoin ecosystem was too large to try out. It was the coin that was on the front lines of experimentation and tackling new problems head-on. The warrior goddess that led soldiers into battle seemed like the perfect fit.
THE UNSEEN ONE.
“Despite modern connotations of death as evil, Hades was actually more altruistically inclined in mythology. Hades was often portrayed as passive rather than evil; his role was often maintaining relative balance. That said, he was also depicted as cold and stern, and he held all of his subjects equally accountable to his laws.”
Hades seemed like the obvious choice for Monero. What started as the fungible crypto choice of the underworld has evolved into an incredible technological achievement in it’s own right. It holds dominion over privacy-centric cryptos.
A fierce protector of the souls in his realm, he strictly forbade anyone leaving his domain. Much like how Monero’s main goal is to ensure the anonymity of it’s transaction history. As stated in the Hades Wiki, “He was also referred to as Zeus katachthonios (Ζεὺς καταχθόνιος), meaning “the Zeus of the Underworld”, by those avoiding his actual name, as he had complete control over the Underworld.” Seeing as Monero isn’t just another Bitcoin clone, it needed to be represented by a Greek God that wasn’t beholden to another God. So I chose Hades, brother of Zeus.