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This is for Gods, Goddesses and Mythology Contest by :icondianae: Deadline April 25th.

Yet again as in the majority of contests the mixed media group always gets screwed out of places. Oh well, Yet another LOSER entry for me! I'm So............. ecstatic I can barely contain myself.


It's a mixed media entry using poser 7 for the central model, dolphins, turtles, and sea kraken, and adobe photoshop. The wave brushes and the runic circle brush are from :iconredheadstock: The circle flames, water flame toga, paua shell jewels and the water in the foreground are all created in photoshop using the smudge, dodge, burn, and distort filters.

THE MYTHOLOGY OF THETIS

Thetis is a Nereid and one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris and a granddaughter of Tethys the ocean Goddess. She is described as a woman of incredible beauty with blonde hair and eyes the color of the turquoise Aegean sea.In Greek mythology, they often accompany Poseidon and are always friendly and helpful towards sailors fighting perilous storms. They are particularly associated with the Aegean Sea, where they dwelt with their father in the depths within a silvery cave. The most notable of them are Thetis, wife of Peleus and mother of Achilles; Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon; and Galatea, love of the Cyclops Polyphemus.

Thetis and Eurynome cared for Hephaestus on the volcanic isle Lemnos after he was thrown from mount Olympus. He worked there in a cave and created many beautiful treasures for them from the metals and jewels of the earth and sea.

Thetis unleashed the hundred armed monster Briareus, son of Chronos also known as the kraken to keep Zeus from being imprisoned in chains by Hera, Poseidon, and Pallas Athena.

Thetis was courted by both Zeus and Poseidon, but because of their fears about the prophecy by Themis that her son would become greater than his father neither married her. Therefore, in order to ensure a mortal father for her eventual offspring, Zeus and his brother Poseidon made arrangements for her marriage to a man, Peleus, son of Aeacus. However, she refused his marriage proposal.

Peleus was enthralled by her beauty and would do anything to possess Thetis. He asked Chiron what he should do to make Thetis accept his proposal. Chiron, the wise centaur, advised Peleus to find the sea nymph when she was asleep and bind her tightly to keep her from escaping by changing form. She did shift shapes, becoming flame water, a raging lioness, and a serpent, but Peleus held fast. She then consented to marry him. Little did he know that who ever possessed a Nereid's shawl had power over them and the sea.

According to classical mythology, the wedding of Thetis and Peleus was celebrated on Mount Pelion outside the cave of Chiron and attended by the deities

Eris, the goddess of discord, had not been invited, however. In spite, she threw a golden apple into the midst of the goddesses that was to be awarded only "to the fairest." This led to the judgment of Paris and eventually to the Trojan War because when he chose Aphrodite to give the apple to she gave him Helen of Troy as his reward.

Years Passed and Thetis gave birth to a son Achilles the greatest of Greek warriors. To keep Achilles from harm she dipped him in the river Styx to make him become immortal, but the place where she held him by his heal was not touched by the waters and was his one weakness. Achilles was killed by Paris when he struck his heal with an arrow.
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