Rhea was far more powerful in the days before classical (ie, patriarchal) mythology came around. In Orphic she was the "inescapable mother Rhea" who sat outside the house of Nyx beating a bronze drum and making sure all humans were paying attention the oracle of the goddess. In Pelasgian Myth (soon before classical myth took hold) she was one of the 14 original
Titans, paired, of course, with Cronus. They held dominion over the last day of the week, and the planet Saturn. In pre-Hellenic Greece the planetary power of Saturn was peace. Rhea loses a lot of her importance in the Olympian creation myth, but still holds some power. She causes her husband Cronus to stop eating his children, saves Zeus and (indirectly) brings the Olympian Gods into power.
That's a great story, check it out here. She is raped by her son Zeus when she tells him he may not marry, despite her change to a snake. She also had a big role in her grandson Dionysus' life. She is also often called Cybele.
See Ossa, above. She was a swift-footed and feathered demon goddess who delivered messages - not always truthfully.n
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