Hellenic Mythology - Hypnos, The God of Sleep Picture

HYPNOS was the god or spirit (Daimon) of Sleep. He resided in Erebos, the land of eternal darkness, beyond the gates of the rising sun. His palace was a dark cave where the sun never shined. At the entrance were a number of poppies and other Sleep-Inducing plants. His dwelling had no door or gate so that he might not be awakened by the creaking of hinges. From there he rose into the sky each night in the train of his mother Nyx (Night). Hypnos was often paired with his twin brother Thanatos (Peaceful Death), and the Oneiroi (Dreams) were his brothers or sons. He was depicted as a young man with wings on his shoulders or brow. His attributes included either a horn of sleep-inducing opium, a poppy-stem, a branch dripping water from the river Lethe (Forgetfulness), or an inverted torch.

TIME CONSUMED: Oddly enough, this took longer than I expected cause I kept falling asleep... O.o
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Hesiod, Theogony 758 ff (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"[Nyx, Night] carries Hypnos (Sleep) in her arms, and he is Thanatos' (Death's) brother . . . And there [near the house of Nyx in the underworld] the children of gloomy Nyx have their houses. These are Hypnos and Thanatos, dread divinities. Never upon them does Helios, the shining sun, cast the light of his eye-beams, neither when he goes up the sky nor comes down from it. One of these, across the earth and the wide sea-ridges, goes his way quietly back and forth, and is kind to mortals, but the heart of the other one is iron, and brazen feelings without pity are inside his breast."

And of Course:

Orphic Hymn 85 to Hypnus (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :
"To Hypnos (Sleep), Fumigation from Poppies. Hypnos, king of Gods, and men of mortal birth, sovereign of all, sustained by mother earth; for thy dominion is supreme alone, over all extended, and by all things known. 'Tis thine all bodies with benignant mind in other bands than those of brass to bind. Tamer of cares, to weary toil repose, and from whom sacred solace in affliction flows. Thy pleasing gentle chains preserve the soul, and even the dreadful cares of death control; for Thanatos (Death), and Lethe (Forgetfulness) with oblivious stream, mankind thy genuine brothers justly deem. With favouring aspect to my prayer incline, and save thy mystics in their works divine."

Mistakes were made on Purpose. ^_^

EDIT (08 JULY 2015) --- Uploaded a much lighter version of Hypnos, more printer-friendly as I did print a few samples and found the older version appeared too dark. This version looks better in print. Also this is better quality than what I had up before.
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