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Hygeia (Salus)

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    Sick of the whole apple a day thing? Keep Hygeia around, and you'll be all set. She's the goddess of health and everyone wants her around. Sure Hygeia can be a little OCD at times—she covers everything she sees in hand sanitizer—but it's kind of her job. The word "hygiene" actually comes from her name (aha!). So remember: if you want to have Hygeia in your life, eat a balanced diet, get some exercise, wash your hands, and read up on this kooky goddess.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Hygeia

    Nickname

    Salus, Hygieia, Clean Freak

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of Health

    Education

    Asclepius' Medical Academy

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Good health for all!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Asclepius, God of Medicine and Healing (Dad)
    Epione, Goddess of Soothing Pain (Mom)

    Siblings

    Panaceia (goddess of cure-alls)
    Aigle (goddess of radiant good health)
    Iaso (goddess of cures)
    Akeso (goddess of the process of healing)
    Podaleirios (mortal healer)
    Machaon (mortal healer)
    Notice a trend?

    Children

    None

    Friends

    My wonderful family
    Aphrodite

    Enemies

    Disease

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Grey's Anatomy 
    Dirty Jobs (This show really freaks me out.) 
    Nurse Jackie 
    Monk (Monk has the right idea when it comes to personal hygiene.) 

    Quotations

    "Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This hygiene will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life."
    – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    "The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body."
    – Francis Bacon, Jr.

    "Hygiene is two thirds of health."
    – Lebanese Proverb

    "Heal the world
    Make it a better place
    For you and for me
    And the entire human race"
    – from "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson

    "Rubber ducky you're the one.
    You make bath time lots of fun."
    – Ernie

    Books

    "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
    The Plague by Albert Camus 
    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit 
    Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal by Jeannine Pavarti Baker 
    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Disgusting sanitary conditions revealed!) 
    "In the Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Bishop 
    "The Mind is an Enchanting Thing" by Marianne Moore 
    Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray 
    "After Apple-Picking" by Robert Frost (An apple a day...) 
    "The Sick Rose" by William Blake (This rose should've eaten her apples.) 

    Music

    Rubber Ducky Song by Ernie (Don't forget to bathe, kids!) 
    Gangnam Style by Psy (Anybody who has the courage to dance like this has my vote.)
    Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato 
    Ho Hey by Lumineers 
    This is the Way We Go to School (I like the part about washing hands.) 
    Heal the World by Michael Jackson (Me and Dad's song.) 
    Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys 

    Movies

    Patch Adams 
    Nurse Betty 
    How to Survive a Plague 
    The Waiting Room 
    Contagion 
    Garden State 
    It's a Wonderful Life 
    The English Patient

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Gummy vitamins
    Balanced diets
    Hand sanitizer

    Interests

    Medicine
    Healing

    Groups

    Nurses Rock
    Doctors Without Borders
    International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 
    Amnesty International 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Oh yeah, you should totally hang out with Hygeia. We always feel a little better after spending a little time with the goddess of health. She'll be the pretty maiden, chilling with her grey bearded dad, Asclepius, god of medicine and healing. Chances are they'll both be holding their pet snakes when you see them—Hygeia is always feeding hers from a bowl. That might sound a little scary, but don't stress. They're actually special happy healing snakes, so they're good to have around.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Appears as a young maiden
      Build: Fit
      Complexion: Healthy glow
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: A snake and cup to feed it with
      Clothing: White robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Asclepius
      Snakes
      Dogs

      Known Hangouts:

      Temples of Healing
      Hospitals
      The sky (as a constellation)

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      Agamemnon by Aeschylus

      The goddess of health gets a little shout out in this grizzly tragedy.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      Orphic Hymn to Hygeia by Orpheus

      This anonymous text—which has been attributed to Orpheus—is all about the awesomeness of the goddess of health.

      Dec 20, 2019

      A Description of Greece by Pausanias

      Get the low down on what it was like to visit an ancient temple of Asclepius and Hygeia from a dude who actually was there.