(Greek Απολλων, literally Apollon) The greatest and most influential of the Greek Olympian gods, related to music, prophecy, healing, poetry, and much more. Associated to the Sun (and the god Helios), and by driving his chariot through the sky represented the life-bringing powers of the Sun, which makes him therefore a Greek symbol of, equivilent to Horus, Krishna, Jesus, Surya, etc. Also called Lukêgenês, meaning "born of light." Apollo slayed the tempting serpent Python.
"Straightway large-eyed queenly Hera took him [Typhaon] and bringing one evil thing to another such, gave him to the Drakaina [Python]; and she received him. And this Typhaon used to work great mischief among the famous tribes of men. Whosoever met the Drakaina, the day of doom would sweep him away, until the lord Apollon, who deals death from afar, shot a strong arrow at her. Then she, rent with bitter pangs, lay drawing great gasps for breath and rolling about that place. An awful noise swelled up unspeakable as she writhed continually this way and that amid the wood: and so she left her life, breathing it forth in blood. Then Phoibos Apollon boasted over her: `Now rot here upon the soil that feeds man! You at least shall live no more to be a fell bane to men who eat the fruit of the all-nourishing earth, and who will bring hither perfect hecatombs. Against cruel death neither Typhoios [her consort] shall avail you nor ill-famed Khimaira [her spawn], but here, shall the Earth and shining Hyperion make you rot.' Thus said Phoibos, exulting over her: and darkness covered her eyes. And the holy strength of Helios made her rot away there; wherefore the place is now called Pytho, and men call the lord Apollon by another name, Pythian; because on that spot the power of piercing Helios made the monster rot away." - Homeric Hymn 3 to Apollo 356 (7th - 4th B.C.)
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