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THE TITANs were six elder gods named Kronos, Koios, Krios, Iapetos, Hyperion, and Okeanos, the sons of Ouranos (Sky) and Gaia (Earth), who ruled the cosmos before the Olympians came to power.
When their father was king he imprisoned six giant brothers of the Titans--the Kyklopes or Cyclops--in the belly of Earth. Gaia was incensed and incited her Titan sons to rebel.
Led by Kronos, five of the six brothers, laid an ambush for their father, seizing hold of him as he descended to lie upon Earth. Four of them--Hyperion, Krios, Koios and Iapetos--were posted at the four corners of the earth to hold Sky fast, while Kronos in the centre castrated him with a sickle.
The son of Kronos (Cronos) and Rheia, Zeus (like his father before him) deposed his aged father from the Throne of Eternity. As Kronos was about to slay his father, Ouranos (the Heavens), he was warned that his own son would someday depose him.
Kronos Eats His Children
In fear and greed, Kronos swallowed his first children as they were born, but Rheia tricked Kronos and when the sixth child, Zeus, was born, she substituted a stone for the infant and Kronos swallowed it down, unknowing that his father’s prophecy was coming to fruition.
Baby—The New White Meat!
Zeus was hidden and raised in secret until he was old enough to fulfill his destiny. One day he ambushed Kronos while out hunting. Zeus kicked Kronos in the stomach so hard the aged god vomited up the stone and the five divine, undigested gods and goddesses: Demeter, Hades, Hestia, Hera and Poseidon. In gratitude, and bowing to destiny, Zeus was unanimously declared leader of the immortals.
Release of the Cyclops
Zeus and his brothers eventually released them and in return they provided the god with his thunderbolt, Poseidon with his storm-raising trident, and Hades with a helm of invisibility.
Zeus made his domain the mountain tops and clouds, where he could survey and vitalize all creation. He married his elder sister, the eternally beautiful Hera. She was jealous and vengeful of her husbands affections and his many love affairs with goddesses and mortals gave her endless worry and caused much divine wrath to be visited on the mortals.