Apollo The God Who Captained A Ship As A Dolphin

When you dive into Greek mythology there are many wild and mysterious tales, but did you know that Apollo once captained a ship while being disguised as a dolphin? Seems mad that the crew would have accepted a dolphin as their captain!

i.pinimg.com

Apollo is widely accepted as being one of the most influential of all the ancient Greek and Roman gods. Where he appeared and how he came about is unknown, he was always distanced from other gods and seemed to scare people from afar. Only his father Zeus himself would be capable of standing in his presence as he was so bright from being the sun god! Apollo apparently ensured the religious law was followed and that you owed up to your guilt.

What we do know is that Apollo grew to adulthood in four days while being stuck on an island that he could not leave, the isle of Delos. And once he escaped his island home, he went over all of Greece searching for where he could start the temple of the sun god. He knew that he had to make it an incredible site and decided that the cave at the bottom of Mount Parnassos in Delphi would be suitable. There was only one problem the cave was guarded by a great dragon goddess Python! The story goes that Apollo was able to slay the magical beast with one of his silver arrows.

Yet he needed followers and priests for his new temple, as such he dove into the sea under the form of a dolphin. Finding a Cretan merchant ship in grave danger from a terrible storm, he jumped on board and as dolphin Apollo took control of the boat. Blowing the winds with his power, he steered the ship to safety. Because as we all know, dolphins can control the winds!

He brought them to the harbor at Delphi by his new temple and instructed the crew to become his first priests. Which of course they did as who would not follow the instructions of a dolphin, haha!

This story is outlined by legendary Greek author Homer in “Hymn to Apollo” and like many Greek poems the mythology is a sort of code for what really happened. The theory is that this poem tells the story of the first followers of the sun god Apollo outing what they believed to be an indigenous religion to the earth goddess Python. But why the dolphin? Maybe Homer just thought dolphins were cool!

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The Wise Seemingly Mad People Of Gotham

    Throughout history, not many people have been very fond of taxes being raised or new taxes appearing. And that is even true as far back as 1200 when the small sleepy medieval town of Gotham played an incredible rouse all to get out of paying taxes. Gotham a small town...

    Read More
  • As Flashy As A Sea Sapphire

    Growing up any kid would like to be able to control color on demand. Explode into different shades of light and cause your very own firework show. There is actually a creature that is able to flash up brightly and then completely disappear, on the fly. These ant size creatures live in subtropical or warm...

    Read More
  • Camels Disqualified From Beauty Contest Due To Botox Use

    It sounds like such a mad thing to do, to inject a camel with botox. But in the money mad world of Saudi Arabia’s Camel Festival anything is possible. Plastic surgery is now a big problem that organizers of King Adbulaziz’s Camel Festival are having to deal with. This festival...

    Read More
  • The Rapist Hunting Warrior Woman

    The Hundred Year War between France and England was the birthplace of many legends and tales of revenge. Years of turmoil and battles created the perfect outlet for warriors to become legends. Or they became the perfect place for you to seek your vengeance: to hunt your demons. That is what Marguerite de Bressieux did,...

    Read More
  • Swarm Robots Ready For Mass Production

    If you have had ever had nightmares about robots taking over the world, then maybe you should close this article right now. The Zebro swarm robot is an insect hive mind-like robot which is pretty much ready to be mass produced. Why are we potentially causing a Terminator plot like scenario? ...

    Read More
  • When Ants Go To War They Bring The Medics

    A species of aggressive Viking-like raiding ants actually save their wounded and then stitch them up. Yes, it appears they have dedicated doctor and nurse ants ready to save the wounded. And the incredible thing is researchers have determined that this strange behavior actually gives the injured ant a 90%...

    Read More
  • Secret Painting Found Behind A Picasso Masterpiece

    A new scanning technique put together by art researchers in the US continues to undercover amazing art secrets. The newest discovery has been found beneath a Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece: The Crouching Woman or “La Misereuse Accroupie” as called in French. Scanning systems for art pieces have existed for some time...

    Read More
  • The Man Who Fought WWII For 30 Years

    The mission was to stay out of sight and collect information about the Allied troop movements. The Location was the island of Lubang in the Philippines. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda from the Japanese Imperial Army was tasked with a Rambo-like top secret mission: him and his four man team against the world. At least that is...

    Read More