Vulcan (mythology)

Vulcan (Latin: Vulcanus, in archaically retained spelling also Volcanus, both pronounced [wʊɫˈkaːnʊs]) is the god of fire[4] including the fire of volcanoes, deserts, metalworking and the forge in ancient Roman religion and myth. He is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer.[5] The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery. In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans.

Vulcan
God of fire, metalworking, and the forge
Member of the Dii Consentes
Vulcan, wearing an exomis (tunic) and pilos (conical hat)
Abodeunder the island of Vulcano
SymbolBlacksmith's hammer
TemplesVulcanal
Festivalsthe Vulcanalia
Personal information
ParentsJupiter and Juno
SiblingsMars, Minerva, Hercules, Bellona, Apollo, Diana, Bacchus, etc.
ConsortVenus
Equivalents
Greek equivalentHephaestus
Etruscan equivalentSethlans
Hinduism equivalentAgni[1][2][3]
Japanese equivalentKagutsuchi

Vulcan belongs to the most ancient stage of Roman religion: Varro, the ancient Roman scholar and writer, citing the Annales Maximi, records that king Titus Tatius dedicated altars to a series of deities including Vulcan.[6]


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