See that title and the clever play on words? That’s the kind of thing you can expect here in Sorchia’s Universe–and it will only get better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) as the April Challenge goes on.
Greek mythology is rife with half this’s and half that’s. According to one Ancient Astronaut theory (you see how I spend time when I should be writing) all of the weird combinations were the result of alien DNA manipulation back in the day. Or they could be the results of no cable and lots of wine. Either way, they have been populating nightmares for millennium.
The Echidna had (or has since tales do not tell how or if she died) the face of a beautiful nymph and the body of a snake or even multiple snakes. She presided over corruption and rot and produced some of the nastiest critters that populate ancient myths.
To name a few:
- The Gorgon sisters—Medusa is the most famous of the three
- Cerberus–the three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades
- The Chimera—part lion, part goat, part snake (Don’t try to imagine that three-way)
- The Sphinx—part lion and part man with a wicked—and deadly– sense of humor
- The Numean Lion who had an impenetrable skin and ultimately became the constellation Leo after Hercules killed him
- The Hydra, whose heads grew back after you chopped them off—also defeated by Hercules.
She lived in a cave and fed off unsuspecting passers-by. The location of the cave is up for grabs. Could be in Ancient Aramea or could be just down the road.
Tomorrow’s post: Flying Heads and Fairy Dogs—mixing Celtic and Native American
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3 thoughts on “Things That Go Bump in the Night–Snakes and Ladies”
Echidna the mother of all monsters. I was always fascinated by her.
The subject of Cerberus just came up the other day at work (for some weird reason) and I remembered it right (although I did mix it up a bit with the Hydra and the whole head-cutting off thing). I’ll have to make sure I let my co-workers know the difference! Thanks! Loving these BTW!
She was a busy lady! 🙂 It seems rude to munch on visitors, don’t you think? 😉
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