Tuesdays Talking About Mythology: Khione/Chione

Hello all and happy Tuesday! So, it’s official, the fall semester is finally over! Whew, it got pretty stressful there at the end but I made it y’all and I’m so happy to be back to share with you more mythology. Since it is winter and Christmas is around the corner, I thought that I’d talk about the goddess of snow today so, without further adieu, let’s get into Khione.

The Greek: Khione

Khione was born from Boreas the God of the North Wind and his wife, Oreithyia who was a mountain gale nymph.

Khione was the minor goddess (though there were some accounts that argued that she was a nymph instead of a minor goddess) of snow and often depicted as a beautiful young woman with long flowing hair, blowing gusts of wind from her mouth.

There isn’t much knowledge on Khione but one of her most famous attributes was how beautiful she was. She was beloved by Poseidon the sea god and together they had a son, Eumolpus. However, because she feared her father’s wrath, Khione cast the child into the sea to drown but Poseidon was able to save him and ended up keeping him at his side within his realm.

She also had a relationship with Apollo, the sun god, and Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Although “relationship” is kind of a stretch in both of these cases. In the case of Apollo, he disguised himself as an old woman and then proceeded to basically rape her. Hermes, as well, put her to sleep before he proceeded to rape her while she slept. Because of both of these incidents, she became pregnant with twins: Autolykus, son of Hermes, and Philammon, son of Apollo.

Khione was said to be conceited about her beauty (though I have no idea why she would be when it has caused her so much misery with the whole raping thing). One such myth portrays her as a vain woman, vain enough to claim herself able to rival the moon goddess, Artemis. Artemis, having been thoroughly offended and displeased with Khione’s boasting, took her bow and arrow and shot her, thus killing her.

The Roman: Chione

Chione was born from Aquilo the God of the North Wind and his wife, Orithyia who was a mountain gale nymph. Chione was the minor goddess (possible nymph) of snow and often depicted as a beautiful young woman with long flowing hair, blowing gusts of wind from her mouth.

Unfortunately for us, this is another instance in which the Roman and Greek gods are synonymous with one another. And even more regrettable is that the Romans did not mention Chione nearly as much as the Greeks, therefore, I can’t tell y’all pretty much anything about her Roman counterpart (which sucks because I really wish I could give y’all more information).


I hope y’all enjoyed learning a little about Khione/Chione. She is one of the least known goddesses and yet she is one of the pinnacle deities of the season of winter so, next time you see snow, be sure to thank Khione for her work. I hope this post was illuminating for y’all as I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. If y’all have any questions about stuff I didn’t touch on, or you’d just like an elaboration on something please leave me a comment below so we can chat! I really hope this was interesting to y’all. Thanks for reading, I’ll talk mythology with you next Tuesday!105Thanks so much for reading y’all! Let me know anything you’d like to say in the comments below, you know I love hearing from y’all!

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3 thoughts on “Tuesdays Talking About Mythology: Khione/Chione

    1. Yep, well the gods were a way for the ancient people to explain the world around them so often times gods were given traits of humanity and humanity has been known to be kind of crappy. It makes sense that, since rape was such a common thing in ancient times, that the gods would be no exception to the same vices as men.


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