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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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:iconannfox12:
AnnFox12 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
they're gorgeous
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WaterFireMlp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Daaaaym never thought Thanatos would be such a cutie~! XD
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LuvHades5 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Hypnos doesn't look sleepy to meSleepy :countsheeps: Laughing 
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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!
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Possible15 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I've heard that Macaria and Thanatos are cute together. I think so too XD 
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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) 
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SpiritZodiac Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
This guys are awesome. I wish there were more myths about them
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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!!!
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Animegirl2800 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Why does Hypnos look alive and awake more very sleepy or lazy?
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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.
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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.
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KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
This is incredible
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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: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopo… ), 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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dorianne-gray Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
How would you think their relationship with Hades & Persephone be like in the Underworld? :D Just curious!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha... I would love to make a comic about the Underworld staff and their relationships :aww: I think Persephone is kind to the brothers but Hades is a very strict boss. Besides, I ship Hades and Persephone's daughter Macaria with Thanatos, so... you might think Hades is not pleased with that pairing :D
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dorianne-gray Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
oh my gosh!! I think I saw that sketch on your Tumblr. ^^ How about Hypnos then? and Melinoe, perhaps? :)
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Anellstock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
now I like sleep even more ... hallo handsome ...
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always thought Hypnos is a handsome guy because I love to sleep... XD
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NormalEndsHere Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, guys, I'll swap my sister for Elvis Presley! But... It's gotta be a secret or she'll drag me with her. Watcha think?
Ignore me ^^' I must wonder what reply I would get in return though... Anywho, I love how you pictured them, with the paint and all.
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Ilovemyhorsemyah Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hypnos duudddeee thanks for being so nice <3 If they're Nyx kids they're gonna have like 10000 Siblings XD Thantos, I think your more well known then your brother. (to bad for us) Tht looks like a charmer face right there hypnis XD
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Athena-girl12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I'm in love in Thanatos.
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
What about Nephele (see: [link]), goddess of clouds and rain.
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
me encanta como los hiciste, estos dos son quiza los hermanos que mas me gustan en la mitilogia griega
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shadowhood100 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Hypnos: sorry ladies~, but I'm taken!
thanatos: ....wtf, hypnos, who said it was YOU they were fangirling about?!

I. Love. THIS. :D Its so awesome!

p.s, do you happen to ship macariaxthanatos? because they actually look really alike, and i happen to like the couple :3
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Christina-Perri Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I'm sorry but I just had a spaz attack on my couch and started hitting my brother and he just asked me if I needed help like what I just died internally because this is so amazing.
How can people draw like this
like

w h a t
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Morfeusz0xx Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I have a good idea for a new form of mythology.
The moon goddess Selene
Nymph Chione, goddess of snow
Asteria goddess of astronomy and necromancy
Pasithea goddess of hallucination
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I was going to draw Pasithea as she's Hypnos' wife, but all the other ideas are amazing, too! Now I want to draw them all, maybe in one picture together! ;) Thanks a lot for your comment!
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
On that quote -- "Death, like Sleep, comes to us all." (A Ancient Greek or Mesopotamian(-ish) mythology) -- I heard about in school, years ago, it is a lesson learned in the "Epic of Gilgamesh", in Gilgamesh's search for immortality.
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
"Death, like Sleep, comes to us all." (A Ancient Greek or Mesopotamian(-ish) 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: [link]), 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 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: [link]). Will you possibly be doing any artwork reguarding these four in the future?
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work as always! Love all your Underworld pieces.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, my friend! :hug: It's appreciated!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! :hug:
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Locusmagicalicus Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
¡Aaahhh! Mitología griega añañañañañaaa. Me encanta este dibujo, en serio es muy bueno. Y que sean seres de algo que me chifla... :iconfeelingfreeplz:
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
¿Te gusta la muerte y te gusta dormir? :aww: Jejeje, ¡gracias por comentar, y me alegra que te guste! A mí la mitología griega me ha encantado siempre y quería interpretarla de otra manera... ¡Un abrazo! :hug:
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Locusmagicalicus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pues la verdad es que no me gusta ninguna de las dos cosas xD, pero los mitos que tratan de ellos dos sí. Has acertado interpretándola de esta manera, en serio :)
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hhippen941 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
never thought i'd be attracted to a black guy... let alone a guy with wings... BUT YOU CHANGED THAT! these are amazing
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaha :D Well, that's great! I'm so glad you like them (specially Hypnos), Thanks a lot!!!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Looks great.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww: Glad you like them!
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atheniangraces Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
hehe thank youz I love them :D
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! :D Glad you like them!
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fleoyulps Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it! it looks amazing i love there expressions :3
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like them :hug:
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hrothila Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
¡Tánatos mola mil! Hypnos también, pero Tánatos me gusta más por la postura, la antorcha y los colores. Y la mano izquierda.

De Hypnos me quedo con la sonrisa esa en plan "Why hello there..." :D
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jajajaja Qué bien que te gusten! Los hice hace tiempo y los publiqué en mi tumblr. Quería ponerlos aquí con otra gentuza del averno en plan Némesis o las Parcas, pero al final los saqué antes... Oh well :aww:

Tánatos es más cool, sí, e Hypnos es más comiquero, pero es que salió así! :D Gracias por comentar!!! :hug:
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Fuzzle-wit Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I adore your Underworld stuff; and I love your rendition of these two. Thanatos and Hypnos look great! :heart:
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It means a lot coming from you ;) I'll never stop drawing the Underworld people, I love it! :aww.
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Fuzzle-wit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, you're welcome! That's so sweet of you to say! :hug: Yay! :w00t: More Underworld people appreciation! :aww: :heart:
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xToriBird Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow amazing :la: and I feel your pain...I have a lot of homework and a bunch of exams :cry:
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :aww: And yes, it's a nightmare! I wish you good luck! ;)
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