Hermes God Of Homes And Real Estate?
You may notice Hermes and a Herm on the Countess Services Webpage. I thought I would share with you why those photographs are there. You can see how Hermes relates to franchises here.
The photograph above is of a Herm. Originally, the Ancient Greeks set them up at their property borders. The older versions have just his head on top of a tall rectangle with a penis and scrotum in the front. Obviously, phallic symbols represented fertility. Therefore, the god must have been placed in the corners to not only mark or separate an area, but to request that he inseminate the fields and animals to propagate a bountiful harvest and herd. We could go so far as to say that a property post is now a modern day Herm.
Hermes is also considered the god of animal husbandry and farms. In a story by Homer, Hermes told Apollo that when he (Hermes) would go and "graze down with wild-roving cattle the pastures on hill and horse-feeding plain: so shall the cows covered by the bulls calve abundantly both males and females . . .’ When Hermes had said this, he held out the lyre: and [Apollo] took it, and readily put his shining [cattle] whip in Hermes' hand, and ordained him keeper of herds."(1.)
He is also god of hospitality and homes. Ok, I would even go so far as to say he was patron to hospitality in a home. Hermes and Hestia (goddess of the hearth), both, were patron gods of banquets. Hermes had others, even mortals served dinner and wine before he received his. (When he did get his portion, however, the stories say that he dug right in!) Small shrines to Hermes were set up in the entryway of homes as reminders of sanctity and to guard against thievery. Here again, a Herm, albeit smaller than the ones outside, marked the border of someone's home.
As "Bringer of Dreams" he talks to slumberers. This is most probably due to his most illustrious roll as "Messenger of the gods." After all, that's when the gods send their messages. Therefore, he was a god to those sleeping, and now he is god of the bedroom as well. (As a phallic god, he could be god of the bed, too - just saying.)
Interestingly, Hermes is also god of a home's guard dogs. Apparently, he controls their barking, sleep, alerting ability, etc. I would say that maybe he would now be god of security systems since most people do not have the "guard dog" of old. And, since he is a protector of homes, this would definitely make sense.
1.) Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 490 ff (trans. Evelyn-White), (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/HermesGod.html (accessed December 9, 2015)