The birth of the gods (i.e., cannibalism, incest and castrations)
The Greek gods were messy – like, super messy. They were basically the Kardashians of their day. For instance, there was all the incesting. See, in the beginning there was Chaos, and Chaos give birth to Gaia, the Earth, who then gave birth to Uranus, the primordial sky god.
This is all good and well, except Gaia and Uranus – mother and son – soon got together and started rabidly incesting. Like so much so that they quickly gave birth to the Titans, the Hekatonkheires, which were 100-armed giants, as well as the cyclops.
Only problem was, Uranus thought his younger children – the Hekatonkheires and the cyclops – looked super weird, so he imprisoned them deep inside Gaia, which caused her great pain…
So she asked her children to castrate him.
Only one stepped up to the plate, the Titan Cronus (who you may remember as Father Time). He castrated his father and cast his genitals in the sea (which caused Aphrodite to be born) and then he became ruler of the Titans and married his own sister Rhea and together, they had their own children – the Greek gods.
You can guess what happened next, right?
If you guessed that Cronus then ate his own children, you would be correct! See Uranus and Rhea prophesied that one of Cronus’s own children would overthrow him (because what goes around comes around) so he wasn’t taking any chances.
He ate all his children until Rhea got fed up and fed him a stone instead of Zeus.
The rest, as they say, is history.