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Gelos, God of Laughter and Warriors?

2018-11-16T08:13:08+00:00Laughter Blog|

Was Gelos - Greek God of Laughter - also a god of warriors? The answer is not as clear cut as you may think. This article reviews humor in Ancient Greece, and how Sparta - home to its most military organized and brutal people - was one of the only two ancient Greek city-states known to have built a special temple for Gelos in which to worship him. A proposed explanation is that "It is easier to practice psychological honesty about dark aspects of human existence with the protective shield of laughter."