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Also known as HAPAKHERED

A picture showing the legend of HARPOCRATES taken from our Greek mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Greek Gods, Greek Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Baby-faced God of Silence

Bit of a glitch here. He started out as the Egyptian divine baby HAR-PA-KHERED but the Greeks borrowed him for their collection.

As a toddler God, he was depicted in suitably cutesy fashion with his finger in his mouth. Awww bless. Unfortunately the Greeks saw the hush-hush image and assumed he was a God of Silence.

Still, it could have been worse. HARPOCRATES could have ended up as the God of Nail-Biting or Nose-Picking.

Not much has been heard about him since those times, so perhaps the Greeks eventually realized they'd made a terrible mistake. Best to keep quiet about it.

If you're wondering what happened to him in the end, we may have a lead. There is a very cute picture of the finger-sucking HARPOCRATES with curly hair and staring eyes. Did this silent pantomime spirit ditch the 'crates' and become HARPO MARX, the God of Silent Comedy???

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Article last updated on 02 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HAPAKHERED
Popularity index : 863

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