Monday, February 21, 2011

Creature Mondays

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This week's creatures is the Cerberus.

Known as the mythical ancestor of the black dogs of European mythology. Cerberus is the hellhound that guards the gate of the Underground in Greek mythology.Cerberus makes sure that no living creature steps foot into the Underground and that no spirit escapes.

Hesiod said the creature is huge and fierce, with 50 heads. Also, that the creature is an offspring of Echidna, the mother of all monsters, and Typhon, one of the sons of Gaia. Most other writers said that Cerberus had only three heads, the tail of a serpent, and each head's manes contained snakes.

7 comments:

LM Preston said...

This fabled dog has been in many, many movies, books and tales. He is extremely fierce.

Talli Roland said...

Wow! That's one scary creature!

Nicole MacDonald said...

Love how everyone adjusts him to their own taste 'Nooo he has THREE heads and.. and.. they EACH have a mane of SNAKE heads. Yeah. Uhuh..'

*grin*

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The Words Crafter said...

Awww, sweet puppy! LOL....you just reminded me of my elementary school days (a long time ago!). I used to keep Edith Hamilton's Mythology checked out all the time and I remember this little doggie quite well :)

Colene Murphy said...

OH! I love him! heeeere puppies puppies puppies!

Ann said...

He looks scary however many heads he has. I remember reading about him too, but I had a tendency to skip the nasty monsters, and focus on the more fairytale like stories. A real whoosh, I know!

Carol Riggs said...

Heeey! it's the three-headed dog from Harry Potter! Hagrid named it "Fluffy." LOL