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Who gave Hermes his winged shoes?

Zeus did that. Hermes was the son of Zeus, but he grew up very quickly and one day he decided to seek out adventure. The first thing he thought of was to steal Apollon's oxes and he actually did ...
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Who gave Hermes his winged shoes?

It would appear that you are correct in saying that there is no mention—at least not in the ancient mythographers—of the origin of Hermes' shoes. In the Wikipedia article about the shoes, it is ...
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Was Hermes originally mortal?

Probably not. According to Apollodorus, [VI. ZEUS CONFIRMS THE DIVINE PRIVILEGES OF HERMES.] And Zeus made Hermes his personal herald and messenger of the gods beneath the earth." It says that ...
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When did "Herm" images appear in Greece?

An early reference to a herma can be found in Aesop's (620–564 BCE) fables: Ἐν ὁδῷ τις Ἑρμῆς τετράγωνος εἱστήκει, λίθων δ᾿ ὑπ᾿ αὐτῷ σωρὸς ἦν. κύων τούτῳ εἶπεν προσελθών “χαῖρε πρῶτον, Ἑρμεία ἔπειτ᾿ ...
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Are Krishna and Hermes related?

That depends on your inference, in my opinion. Both Krishna and Hermes were tricksters and thieves while in their childhood. Krishna stole and ate butter ( Which led to him being shackled to two pots ...
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Did Hermes ever somehow helped Prometheus, or not? Is he God of thieves, or what?

To answer your first question yes, Hermes was (among other things) a god of thievery. An excerpt from the Hermes Theoi page HERMES was the Olympian god of herds and flocks, travellers and ...
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How is Hermes linked to Odin?

If we want to be exact, Hermes is not linked directly to Odin. His Roman equivalent Mercury is. The first time such a link is made is in Tacitus' Germania, where he in the ninth book states that ...
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How is Hermes linked to Odin?

This link was made first time by Tacitus (Germania). They are similar in some aspects, which can lead to confusion, like in the question of the two relates to the figure of the hermit (wanderer, lord ...
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In what ancient source, if any, does the infant Hermes disguise himself as Ares?

The lost poem Hermes by Eratosthenes seems to be the source for the myth of Hera suckling Hermes. In his paper Theodulus' Ecloga and Mythographus Vaticanus 1, Winfried Bühler, referring to this ...
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In what ancient source, if any, does the infant Hermes disguise himself as Ares?

This is attested by Nonnos in the 5th Century CE “Maia was not quite like Semele; for her son, crafty, armed himself like Ares, and looking like him, deluded Hera until he sucked the milk of her ...
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Are there any negative connotations associated with the Caduceus?

The kerykeion, or (Latin)caduceus is a symbol of Hermes. Hermes is the god of travel, borders, thieves, trade, messages, sports/athletes and is a guide to the Underworld. So, apart from thievery and ...
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Are there any negative connotations associated with the Caduceus?

Well over here it has one: Since the caduceus is associated with Hermes, conductor of the dead, "purists" think it has rather a negative connotation to be associated with medicine. Asclepius, the ...
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Would the gods often take the form of another god?

It's not Greek, so it's not a complete answer to your question, but there is a parallel in the Sumerian story of Enlil and Ninlil. Ninlil is a gorgeous woman (a dingir exactly, i.e. a Sumerian "god") ...
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Was Hermes originally mortal?

I'm not finding any ancient sources that explicitly mention the issue, but there is a mediaeval text called the Third Vatican Mythographer, written in Latin, and using the Roman names of the gods, ...
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Are Krishna and Hermes related?

This would be more of a comment than an answer, but since I don't have the reputation yet... I often thought along the same lines, and I ended up here because of this item, which is claimed to be a ...
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What is the relationship between the term 'hermit' and the traditions around Hermes and Hermeticism?

The 'h" in hermit is unetymological, in Dutch for example we still say "eremiet", not "heremiet". The word is not etymologically linked to Hermes.
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Who said Hermes helped Hades?

I'm not aware of any version of the myth that has Hermes helping hades abduct Persephone, although I'm very happy to be corrected on this. However, I want to suggest an alternative interpretation ...
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What is the relationship between the term 'hermit' and the traditions around Hermes and Hermeticism?

Just to expand on what Codosaur said, here's the Etymonline link: early 12c., "religious recluse, one who dwells apart in a solitary place for religious meditation," from Old French hermit, ...
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Would the gods often take the form of another god?

In a Word, Yes Yes, in Greek mythology, deities would fairly often assume the forms of other deities. The instances are certainly not as numerous as the stories in which the gods take on the shapes ...
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