Gods of War: 7 Deities That Propagated Violent And Bloodthirsty Rituals

In the long history of man, many cultures have had their long-established mythological traditions consisting of different gods and goddesses. Some of them are famous for exerting substantial violence both to their allies and enemies. Even though they were extremely violent, these deities were worshiped to a great extent. Here’s the list of the Gods of War:

Ares – the Greek god of war is said to have slain one of Poseidon’s sons

Ares - The Roman god who killed Halirrhothios, a son of Poseidon Credits: Crystalinks

Ares killed Halirrhothios, a son of Poseidon. Credits: Crystalinks

Being a son of Zeus and Hera, two very important gods in the Greek mythology, Ares played an important role in the world of ancient gods. The trait that symbolises him the best is his courage and valour in battle, but he was also known for taking the law into his own hands. Since he was often a law unto himself, he is associated with several violent acts of his. Namely, according to legend, Ares slew Halirrhothios, one of Poseidon’s sons, for his attempt to rape his daughter Alkippe. Ares killed him before the act was completed. As a result, Poseidon was furiously angry with Ares, thus putting him on trial before the gods Olympus. Nevertheless, Ares was set free and his murder justified.

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