This blog is about the word morphine. Morphine is a narcotic drug derived from opium and is used medically to relieve pain. It is also known for its sleep and dream inducing qualities.
The origin of this word is really interesting. Morpheus was the God of Dreams. The Greek word morph means form and so Morpheus (“he who forms”) had the ability to appear in dreams in any form he wanted.
His family tree is where the story really gets interesting. Get this…
His father – Hypnos – God of sleep
His mother –Pasithea – Goddess of rest
His grandmother –Nyx – Goddess of night
His uncle – Thanatos – God of death
His brother – Phobetor – created fearful dreams
His brother –Phantasus – created fake dreams with no form
His brother – Ikelos – created true or real dreams
The entire family lived in the dream world, shaping the dreams of mortals. Only Morpheus had the ability to oversee the dreams of kings and influence the dreams of Gods.
That’s it for Now
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