Many of the statues of Poseidon throughout the world are near the ocean, since Poseidon is the god of the sea. The Greek gods and goddesses bring to mind images of heroes and heroines, much admired by the Greek people. Poseidon fits this description to a certain degree, but like humans, he possesses many character flaws. Most of the stories about Poseidon depict an angry, vengeful being who makes decisions based on his emotions—he is a troublemaker for humans—and other gods and goddesses, and they in turn, are mischief makers for Poseidon. The myths are exciting, adventurous stories that the ancient Greeks used as guidance in their daily lives to explain nature and why things happened.