In Shivaite Tantrism. "hero" (vira) is the name given to initiates who through practising Yoga, have acquired the strength to dominate, both the physical world and the subtle world of spirits. Thus they are able to vanquish the gods and to conquer heaven. These are the men who have become demigods.
Alain Danielou, Shiva and Dionysus, p.109
"Oceanus and Tethys, the titans who ruled the outer seas before being replaced by Poseidon. Atlas (`he who dares' or `suffers'; from the Indo-European tel-, tla-, `to lift, support, bear'), another titan, led their war against the gods, and was afterward condemned by Zeus to hold up the heavens on his shoulders. "
"The Pleiad(e)s were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione…"
"This Atlas, one of the fabled giants associated with the larger bear, was the father of the Seven Sisters now translated to the Pleiades. Six of these well-known stars are plainly visible in the shoulder of the Bull; and keen eyes can see the seventh, and perhaps the eighth and ninth, Atlas and Pleione. father and mother of the famous girls."
"The legendary stories about giants such as Goliath, the Cyclopes and the Titans have their explanation in the zodiac in that point where the Sun reaches highest, the summer-solstice; and their application to the life of man in reference to the ruthless use of reason and the development of selfish greed. These giants, however, are not pictured in the sky, but are known only through their relation to zodiacal position. They are destructive attributes which loom large upon the world’s horizon. Yet there is another attribute which is even more far reaching, which is still more powerful for evil, and which is even more difficult to vanquish than these various types of selfishness. Its common name is Discord."
"Why and how did Zeus become the first among his brothers and sisters? Why Zeus? And why Zeus for rescuing the world from the Titans? I think it was neither his strength, his thunderbolts, his wily cleverness, nor his law and order, but rather his wide imagination.When we look at his dozen or more matings and his progeny - Apollo, Hermes, Dionysos, Hercules, Perseus, Artemis, Athene and others - he clearly could imagine these existential possibilities, these styles of consciousness. His range of fantasy was comprehensive, large, generous, and differentiated. He was indeed a sky god; he covered all with his breadth of imagining power, equal in articulated grandeur to titanic enormity. Titanic hugeness can only be encompassed and contained by an equally large capacity of image-making."
James Hillman, And Huge is Ugly, Resurgence No.134.