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Telchines

by Micha F. Lindemans
A mythical genus of priests that in ancient times migrated from Crete, via Cyprus, to Rhodos. They were regarded as the ones who reared Poseidon, and were particularly skilled in metallurgy. They were occasionally identified with the Cyclopes, Dactyls, or Curetes. When they slowly turned into vicious magicians they were killed by the gods.

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