Tychon

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Not to be confused with Typhon. ‹See Tfd›
Left image:
A depiction of Tychon, who holds spits in his hands as a sign of good luck
Right image:
Evil spirit with an evil eye

Tychon or Tykhon (Τυχων, Tykhôn = "producer") is the name of two minor deities in Greek mythology. One was a daemon of fertility, especially of male fertility, associated with Phales, Priapus and his mother Aphrodite.[1] He and his companions Orthanês and Konisalos were associated with Dionysos or with the Hermai (phallic statues of Hermes).[2] Although nowhere stated, his father was likely one of these two gods, who were half-siblings, sons of Zeus.

Another Tychon, a god of chance or accident,[1] is mentioned by the geographer Strabo, who stated that “Priapos... resembles the Attic deities Orthannes, Konisalos (Conisalus), Tykhon (Tychon), and others like them.”[3] He was worshipped at Athens.

The only known depiction of Tychon is now in Hatay Archaeology Museum, Turkey. He is shown as a boy with a semi-erect penis opposite the kakodaimon (evil spirit) and his evil eye.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Tychon
  2. ^ Tykhôn and Orthanes. Theoi Project by Aaron Atsma.
  3. ^ Strabo, Geography 13. 1. 12 (trans. Jones)