Divine Family Drama
Gaia gave Cronus a sickle or scythe, and he castrated his father Uranus with it. He then threw away the testicles. An understandably upset Uranus vowed vengeance upon his son, and cursed him – probably in high soprano. He prophesied that just like he had overthrown his own father, Cronus would someday be overthrown by his own children. Cronus went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his kids did not do to him what he had done to his own Dear Papa. Cronus married his sister, the Titaness Rhea, and the couple had multiple children, including the gods and goddesses Poseidon, Hera, Hesta, Hades, and Demeter. To prevent the realization of Uranus’ prophecy that he would be overthrown by his own children, Cronus ate his kids as soon as they were born.
Rhea was not happy with that. When their sixth child, Zeus, was born, she tricked her hubby and gave him a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes. Cronus assumed it was his latest newborn, and swallowed it whole. Rhea hid Zeus, who grew up with understandably hostile feelings towards his father. When he came of age, Zeus forced his dad to vomit out the kids he had already swallowed, and then led his siblings in a war against Cronus. Together, and with the help of other supernatural allies, they overthrew their father and the other Titans, and took over the world. In Greek folklore, the gods imprisoned Cronus and other Titans in Tartarus, an abyss where the wicked are tortured.