He is also considered the protector of human heralds, travellers, thieves, merchants and orators. He is able to move quickly and freely between the worlds of the mortal and the divine, aided by his winged sandals. Hermes plays the role of the psychopomp or "soul guide" a conductor of souls into the afterlife.
In myth, Hermes functioned as the emissary and messenger of the gods
He is regarded as "the divine trickster", for which Homer offers the most
popular account in his Hymn to Hermes.
and the origin of the words "merchant" and "commerce."
The myth of Hermes tells us about one of the most multifaceted gods in all of Greek mythology. He was one of the most active, restless and for this reason he was considered to be the protector of multiple activities, such as commerce, guile, borders, and the travelers who crossed them. Hermes was also considered to be the protector of thieves and liars, the one who guided the souls of the dead, and a divine messenger. Homer and Hesiod portrayed Hermes as the author of skilled or deceptive acts and also as a benefactor of mortals. In the Iliad he is called "the bringer of good luck", "guide and guardian", and "excellent in all the tricks". He was a divine ally of the Greeks against the Trojans.
He also rescued Ares from a brazen vessel where he had been imprisoned by Otus and Ephialtes. In the Odyssey, Hermes helps his great-grand son, the protagonist Odysseus by informing him about the fate of his companions, who were turned into animals by the power of Circe.
Mythology represents him as a beautiful, athletic young man who never stopped talking and loved to make jokes. He wore a hat and had wings, either on his sandals or on his feet.
This allowed him to move quickly wherever he needed to go.
Likewise, the myth of Hermes tells us that this young man always carried the caduceus, a magical staff that he could put gods and mortals to sleep with, and with which he led the souls of the dead to the underworld.
He was the chief of dreams, the guardian of the gates, the spy in the darkness and
finally, became a messenger of the gods.
Hermes was believed to have invented many types of racing and the sport of wrestling, and therefore was a patron of athletes.