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Thanatos and Hypnos by Arbetta Thanatos and Hypnos by Arbetta
I drawed these two boys a long time ago, but I'm posting them now because someone became interested in them... and I can't draw anything new 'cuz I'm studying a lot!! :cry: *snifff*

So... Hypnos (left) and Thanatos (right) are twins and powerful gods who live in... guess where? Yep! THE UNDERWORLD!! :la: They are the sons of Nyx (the Night) and Erebus (the Darkness).
Thanatos is the personification of a non violent-death, very much like Macaria (although I think Macaria is a particular kind of Blessed Death, the one we all want for us). He flies with his silent wings and a torch with which he guides people to the Underworld. He’s merciless and indiscriminate… but in some stories, some chosen ones can outwit him. He's said to be more kind than Hades or the Keres (violent death).
Hypnos is the personification of the sleep. The legend says every night Thanatos and Hypnos would discuss who will take men… and sometimes Thanatos wins, but most of the time, thankfully, it's Hypnos who does. Another legend says Hypnos doesn’t have the powerful abduction skills Thanatos has and he’s constantly trying to imitate him. Because of this, the majority of us people don’t die, Hypnos only lets us sleep for a while :aww: Anyway, Hypnos is quite nice and idle. He lives in a dark cave with poppies in the entrance. The river of forgetfulness, Lethe, flows through his realm.

I hope you like this :meow:
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Ice-Cove27 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool. I love the way you've represented them!
Possible15 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  New member
I've heard that Macaria and Thanatos are cute together. I think so too XD 
Cupcakequeen16 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That awkward moment when you don't know which brother is hotter.

Seriously, you did a great job on them. :D (Big Grin) 
SpiritZodiac Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
This guys are awesome. I wish there were more myths about them
cocobirdy4-7 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
oh my gosh, I could just imagine a drawing of Thanatos and Macaria just about to kiss. I may or may not be dropping not very subtle hints...  Haha anyways love all your work!!!
Animegirl2800 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Why does Hypnos look alive and awake more very sleepy or lazy?
Safira-Ground Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
 I wonder what do you think about the couple Hypnos x Melinoe? I know that he is married to Pasithea, but Melinoe is the godness of the ghosts( i see like nightmares) and Hypnos is the god of sleep (i see like dreams) in my opinion they could do a great couple.
Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love these, especially Hypnos! I love how you inverted their colors. Where did you get those stories about Hypnos, like his bargaining and how he wants to imitate Thanatos? Great picture.
KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
This is incredible
Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
"Death, like Sleep, comes to us all." (From the "Epic of Gilgamesh", in Gilgamesh's search for immortality, in Ancient Sumerian mythology)

Again, Love your artwork.

Drawing on my own knowledge of Greek Mythology, Thanatos was a God of Death, like the Grim Reaper, or the Shinigami of Shintoism. Thanatos' role was that of a Psychopomp, (lit. "guide of souls" -- See:… ), and his fellow Greek Psychopomp deities are Charon, Hecate and Hermes, (who gained the role as a Psychopomp because, as a God of Tricksters, he could not be tricked, as Thanatos and Persephone were tricked by Sisyphus). What I mean is that Thanatos is not a God of the Dead, he was a God of Death. Macaria and Melinoe were both Goddesses of the Dead, representing those souls who got to go to the Elysian Fields, or those souls who wandered the earth respectively, and Macaria and Melinoe's father, Hades was the God of the realm of the Dead.

Hypnos was the father of the Oneiroi, (Morpheus (Dreams), Phobetor (Nightmares), Phantasos/Phantasus (Inanimate objects in Prophetic dreams), and Ikelos (People in Prophetic dreams)), the four Gods of Dreams. (See: www.greekmyths-greekmythology.… ). Will you possibly be doing any artwork reguarding these four in the future?

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