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Jormungand (Jörmungandr) - Adventurous Eaters

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Adventurous Eaters

Sure, members of the "Gastronauts" have eaten live octopus and yak meat. But that doesn't even raise eyebrows among the adventurous eaters, who enjoy a diet that includes astrological bodies like the sun, moon, and stars. These guys have even been known to eat their own children. Believe it or not, among folks with such big, bizarre appetites, Jormungand's daily diet of whales makes him kind of a light-weight.

Kronos (Saturn)

Kronos had some messy family issues. After castrating his own dad, Ouranos, he learned that he could expect the same sort of treatment by his future children. So naturally, he decided to eat them right after they were born. After this happened five times, Rhea decided to put a stop to it (way to leap into the fray, there, Rhea). She gave her hubby a rock wrapped in a blanket, which Kronos somehow mistook for his sixth child and promptly ate. A few years later, little Zeus released his five siblings (and the rock) by making Kronos vomit, or maybe by cutting his stomach open. Gross all around.


Hanuman mistook the sun for a ripe mango. It wasn't all his fault, though. Before she left him to fend for himself on earth, Hanuman's mother made him a promise: she said that he would never go hungry because he would eat mangoes as ripe as the sun. Hanuman then decided to try to eat the sun, who freaked out and called in the thunderbolt-wielding king of the gods, Indra, to protect him. The story ends happily, though: Indra felt so bad about the damage he did to Hanuman's jaw with his thunderbolt that he gave him lots of gifts to make up for it.


The Egyptian sky-goddess Nut has the biggest stomach of all the members of this clique. She needs it, because every night, she has to swallow the sun, then spit it out the next day to cause the sunrise. Then she swallows the moon and stars. Some ancient Egyptians believed they would become a star when they died, so Nut was kind of like a mother-figure to them.

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