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Gods and Goddesses of Healing

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Asclepius (Greek)
Gods and Goddesses of Healing

Asclepius was a Greek god of medicine, whose name is associated with the Rod of Asclepius in modern medical practice.

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Asclepius was a Greek god who is honored by healers and physicians. He is known as the god of medicine, and his serpent-draped staff, The Rod of Asclepius, is still found as a symbol of medical practice today. Honored by doctors, nurses and scientists alike, Asclepius was a son of Apollo. In some traditions of Hellenic Paganism, he is honored as a god of the underworld - it was for his role in raising the dead Hippolytus (for payment) that Zeus killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt.

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