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Hephaestus ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; eight spellings; Ancient Greek: Ἥφαιστος{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} Hēphaistos) is the Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes.<ref name="ReferenceA">Walter Burkert, Greek Religion 1985: III.2.ii; see coverage of Lemnos-based traditions and legends at Mythic Lemnos)</ref> Hephaestus' Roman equivalent is Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods. In another version, he was Hera's parthenogenous child, rejected by his mother because of his deformity and thrown out of heaven and down to earth.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

As a smithing god, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly Athens. The cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos.<ref name="ReferenceA"/> Hephaestus' symbols are a smith's hammer, anvil, and a pair of tongs.


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