TriviaTrivia is a term that does not appear in the dictionary prepared by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). The concept, however, is linked to another notion that appears in the publication: trivial, whose first meaning refers to something that is known to all.

The idea of ​​trivia can also be associated with trivia, which is a trail that is divided into three different routes. TriviaFinally, it is also the divinity of the crossroads on the mythology Roman.

From all these definitions, we can understand how the word trivia is used today. A trivia is a series of questions that arise within the framework of a competition or a play, whose answers must be chosen between different options.

As can be seen, what we understand by trivia is linked to a shared knowledge (since the questions they usually point to a general knowledge), to a path divided into different branches (the different tentative answers that are presented for each question) and to a crossroads (linked to the doubt that arises about which is the correct answer in each case).

Suppose a television program poses a competition of questions and answers to the participants. In this way, each of them must correctly answer a question to advance to the next level. If you answer ten questions correctly, you win an important prize.

The trivia begins with the following question: “In what year did Christopher Columbus first arrive on the American continent?”. The options are: “1460”, “1492”, “1496” and “1501”. If the contestant answers “1492”, which is the correct answer, go on to the next question.

TriviaGoing back to Roman mythology, according to which Trivia is the goddess of crossroads, we found a history very interesting. First of all, we must say that the Roman poet Publio Ovidio Nasón mentioned it in some of his works. Trivia is a figure that generally does good, since it helps people to achieve success in their companies; however, if you want to, it can also lead to failure. His power is truly considerable, so much so that Jupiter himself (the most important god in Roman mythology, equivalent to Zeus) shows him respect.

Depending on the version we find of Trivia, we can appreciate different facets of this goddess: some present her as a benevolent being, while others show her as someone sinister. As in more than one case, Greek mythology also has a goddess of the crossroads, Hecate, and many consider them equivalent. Hecate’s role in the crossroads that open in three (called trivia) was of special importance, and the Greeks located at these points of roads some posts that showed each of its three heads looking in a different direction.

Before embarking on one of the three routes, travelers had to do some sacrifice to implore Hecate for safety along the way, and this relates to another of Hecate’s roles, the original, which defined her as goddess of the wilds, and also of the unexplored regions. In the magical texts of Greek mythology, such as the defixes (also known as curse tablets, were means in which people could ask the gods to harm their enemies) and magical papyri, Hecate was the most frequently mentioned goddess.

As a curious fact, it is known that throughout the 7th century, Bishop Saint Eligius, born in 588 in the ancient French region of Limousin, used to repeat to his followers that Christians should never show themselves devotees before any of the goddesses of trivia.