Trivia it 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 trivium , which is a path that is divided into three different paths. Trivia Finally, it is also the divinity of crossroads in 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 of a game , whose answers must be chosen among different options.
As you can see, 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 what is the correct answer in each case).
Suppose a television program raises a competition of questions and answers to the participants. Thus, each of them must correctly answer a question to advance to the next level. If you answer ten questions correctly, access an important prize.
The trivia begins with the following question: "In what year did Christopher Columbus first arrive in the Americas?". The options are: “1460”, “1492”, “1496” and “1501”. If the contestant responds “1492”, which is the correct answer, move on to the next question.
Returning to Roman mythology, according to which Trivia is the goddess of the crossroads, we found one history very interesting. First, we must say that the Roman poet Publio Ovidio Nasón mentioned it in some of his works. Trivia is a figure that usually does good, as it helps people achieve success in their companies; However, if you wish, you can also lead to failure. His power is truly considerable, so much that Jupiter himself (the most important god of Roman mythology, equivalent to Zeus) shows him respect.
According to 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. The role of Hecate at the crossroads that open in three (calls trivios) was of special importance, and the Greeks located in these points of the 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 security along the way, and this relates to another of Hecate's roles, the original, which defined it as goddess of the wild lands, and also from unexplored regions. In the magical texts of Greek mythology, how to be the defixes (also known as curse tablets, were means in which people could ask the gods to harm their enemies) and the magical papyri, Hecate was the goddess who was mentioned most frequently.
As a curious fact, it is known that throughout the seventh century, Bishop San Eligio, born in 588 in the former French region of Limousin, used to repeat to his followers that Christians should never show themselves devotees before any of the goddesses of the trivios.