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What was the plant that Gilgamesh found after Utnapishtim's story?

The plant Gilgamesh found was not a lotus (emphasis mine) So Utanapishtim revealed to Gilgamesh another secret of the gods. Under the sea there is a wondrous plant, like a flower with thorns, that ...
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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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How rare is a dead god?

tl;dr: Not rare at all. Complications The answer to this is fairly soft, as it will depend considerably on what you consider a 'god' and what constitutes 'dying' - neither of which are particularly ...
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How do people become immortal as per Taoism?

Sun Wukong used multiple methods. These included gobbling up a bunch of Laozi's elixer pills, gobbling down all of the magic peaches before the big banquet he wasn't invited to, and slugging down all ...
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Were any mortals made into gods?

Some members of this list count as gods, although none are, to my knowledge, regarded as true Olympians. While all gained immortality, I'm only counting a select few as gods because they were either ...
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What was the Plant of Everlasting Youth?

The information about the Plant of Everlasting Youth form the Sumerian mythos can be found on the second half of The Epic of Gilgamesh. In the Tablet eleven Utnapishtim's wife asks her husband to ...
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Were any mortals made into gods?

Since your examples are Greek, I presume your focus is exclusively on that mythology. Dionysus and his maternal relatives, such as his mother, aunts, uncles, cousins and his grandparents Cadmus and ...
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In the battle between the Olympians and the Titans, how could any of them defeat the other one?

Well, they were forced into Tartarus. And amongst the foremost Kottos (Cottus) and Briareos (Briareus) and Gyes insatiate for war raised fierce fighting : three hundred rocks, one upon another, they ...
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How do people become immortal as per Taoism?

Legend of the White Snake is definitely worth mentioning, as it is one of the most well known Chinese folk tales. Madame Whitesnake has been the subject of numerous traditional operas, and widely ...
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How do people become immortal as per Taoism?

Here is a list of how the 8 Immortals did it: He Xiangu "When she was about 14 or 15, a divine personage appeared to her in a dream and instructed her to eat powdered mica so that her body might ...
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Are there stories on gods turning into mortals, or losing immortality?

Here is another time Apollo was made mortal. After Zeus found out Apollo possessed the full gift of prophesy, he asked him which woman would give birth to the kid that would over throw him as king. ...
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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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How rare is a dead god?

In addition to the above, a God who dies can simply become a god of the dead. In the Greek mythology, there's Persephone, in Norse there's Baldur. (Note however, that both became secondary in the ...
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Were any mortals made into gods?

The Ancients have always had a process of deification (apotheosis) which made it possible for mere mortals, other living things, or even an abstract idea to gain god status. Membership to the divine ...
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