C is for Crying Castor

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Dual Natures in Folktales Around the World – opposites, contradictions & paradoxes.


From Greek Mythology

You probably figured there would be some Greek stories in here somewhere. So…um…surprise! Though, I don’t think this story is shared as often as it could. The Greeks are known for their contributions to philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. Interestingly, you could link those four subjects into the story of Castor and Pollux!

What is so fascinating? What dualities have surfaced?

Castor was mortal while Pollux was immortal. Yet, they are twins and sons of Zeus. While I did label Castor as the one who cries in this story, it really was both of them. But that is what happens when it’s a “C” day for the A to Z.

Not shared here…but Castor and Pollux (sometimes known as Polydeuces) can be super confusing. Zeus was busy and laid with Leda as well as Tyndareus on the same night. Pollux and Helen (of Troy) came of Leda while Castor and Clytemnestra from Tyndareus. Yet, some people say that Helen was a daughter of Zeus and Nemesis. Basically, Zeus is two-faced all the time with his wife, Hera, who happens to be the goddess of marriage. Hmmm. Yet, Castor and Pollux are still considered twins (or fraternal quadruplets). No matter how you label this, the love and bond between Castor and Pollux was powerful.

50-word-or-less summary:

Castor and Pollux sailed with Jason on the Argo. Castor (mortal) was known as a great horseman while Pollux (immortal) could fight. One day, Castor died in battle. Pollux begged Zeus to grant immortality. Only done if Pollux split his immortality. Pollux did and created Gemini constellation as a result.

Finding the Story: 

Facts and stories of Castor and Pollux through World History Encyclopedia – found here

Facts and stories from Myths Encyclopedia – found here

Understanding Twins in Greek Culture that includes Castor and Pollux – found here

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