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In 1828 the Danish sculptor Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen made this piece (above), entitled Cupid Leading Cerberus. On his website the Greek Mythology Link, Carlos Parada has labelled this picture: "Cupid in the Underworld, as the Tamer of Cerberus, with Pluto’s Pitchfork". This artwork of Thorvaldsen does not seem to be based on any ancient myth but it does ...


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An early theme in several mythologies, particularly on the land masses referred to, in English, as Europe, Asia and North America, is that of women giving birth to giants, usually humanoid ones. In the chronology of the myths themselves, these women often live in the time prior to the Flood which covered the entire earth at some point thousands of years ago (...


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The first description of the manticore with have is from Ctesias, let's read him (Translation from John Freese freely available): The martikhora is an animal found in this country. It has a face like a man's, a skin red as cinnabar, and is as large as a lion. It has three rows of teeth, ears and light-blue eyes like those of a man; its tail is like ...


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One might say that he is both, depending on a few different factors in question. Classification Issues In Greco-Roman mythology the "gods" are not a special category in the same sense that the modern Western taxonomical terms "species" and "race" would entail. Being a θεός (theós), "god," is more a matter of status or ...


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I can't find anything on Demeter at present. Wikipedia seems to be drawing from the Metamorphoses of Antoninus Liberalis, which has no mention of additional divine transformations: Apollo became a hawk, Hermes and ibis, Ares became a fish, the lepidotus, Artemis a cat, Dionysus took the shape of a goat, Heracles a fawn, Hephaestus an ox, and Leto a shrew ...


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Theoi to save the day! The two earliest Greek works both attest to its general composition: Homer, Iliad 6. 179 ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : "First he [King Iobates of Lykia (Lycia)] sent him [Bellerophon] away with orders to kill the Khimaira (Chimera) none might approach; a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake ...


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In Hesiod's Theogony Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna and Typhon (on the other hand, Hesiod did call him fifty-headed, so). To back this story up, note that Euphorion of Chalcis described him as having eyes that flashed like the volcanic Mount Etna. Why would this back anything up? Because traditionally, Typhon either resided in Tartarus or was buried ...


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It is indeed 4chan, per Know Your Meme: On April 21st, 2018, an anonymouse 4chan user posted the image in the /x/ forum in a thread about cursed images (shown below). On May 12th, 2019, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread in the site's paranormal board /x/ inviting users to post pictures of "disquieting images" that just feel "off."...


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I'd suggest doing some reading on Buddhist "demons", the daughters of Mara in particular. Wiki lists the three daughters as: Taṇhā ("thirst, desire, longing, greed") Arati ("aversion, discontentment") Raga (""greed, sensuality, lust, desire") The wiki also mentions two other daughters, associated with Pride and Fear. There is definitely the idea that ...


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There is a category on Wikipedia dedicated to this subject, and Mental Floss has a list of 11 rather interesting creatures of African mythology: Grootslang Grootslang is an Afrikaans word meaning "great snake." The monster of that name lives in a cave called the Wonder Hole in the Richtersveld area of South Africa. The story is that the original ...


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From the birth myth of Arion, we are told (Pseudo-Apollodorus) that the horse was birthed by Demeter while she was in 'the likeness of a Fury'. We are also told that Despoina is the daughter of Demeter and Horse-Poseidon. Karl Kerenyi noted that she could take on the form of either an ear of grain, or a mare. So it seems that your guess is right.


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The only ancient text which mentions the parents of the Stymphalian birds makes it sound like these killer avians were Arkadian [Arcadian] princesses. A scholion on Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautika 2.1054 preserves a statement made by the writer Mnaseas of Patrae. As with other things that Mnaseas has to say, it isn't quite the interpretation you might ...


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Couple of different things. The ancient Greek scholia on Homer's Odyssey give several different accounts of the origin of Kharybdis. In one she was a daughter of Pontos (Sea) and Gaia (Earth) who laid siege to the land with her waves. Zeus, in anger, captured and chained her to the sea-bed. In another tale, she was a voracious women who stole the cattle ...


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I would like to refer to a contemporary version of the myth - Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Where victims and all of their possessions are turned into stone. Secondly, consider the following link, with Latin version (translated to English using Google Chrome Translate extension): https://latin.packhum.org/author/959 - though I ...


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Look at the Greek goddess Oizys, she is the goddess of misery, grief and regret. Otherwise, the Algea were the personifications of sorrow in Greek mythology, daughters of the goddess of strife, Eris. In African lore, we have the Tikoloshe or bogeyman as most western cultures adopt it.


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Perhaps a bit tenuous, but The Worm That Walks might be the closest to what you're seeking. I am not aware of a similar equivalent term from classical mythology, but you could argue this to be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. One interpretation of the ending to HP Lovecraft's The Festival is a monster composed of maggots: Wisely did Ibn Schacabac say, ...


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The writing, entitled the Bibliotheca, "Library," used to be attributed to the Athenian historian Apollodorus, but, as Wikipedia says, 'that attribution is now regarded as false, and so "Pseudo-" was added to Apollodorus' so that one now reads about 'Pseudo-Apollodorus' (pseudo meaning 'false') penning that work, whose actual author is apparently unknown. ...


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Almost all of the monsters of Greek myth are clearly said to have been children of deities or at least were quite closely related to the gods, whether the divinities in view were Titanic, primaeval or otherwise. Good Old Regular Wildlife There is also an assortment of monstrous beasts, quite popular especially in later mythography, which appear to have ...


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The family unit was like a religion to people in the olden days and the importance of family honour more keenly felt, even to the extent that anything (bad) that happened in the family might have to stay in the family for fear of causing a stink among friends' families and the wider society, which was, compared with now, a comparatively small community. ...


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Your question reminded me of a concept in Zoroastrian mythology. Although I have the feeling this is not what you are looking for, it does have connections with a bridge, music, the human soul, and, to some extent, shapeshifting and opening doors. It is the Daēnā (Dēn), which in his book Comparative Mythology, Jaan Puhvel describes as a heavenly double of ...


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This sounds like a "Liminal diety". I basically googled a mythological being that can see your soul and access doors and this immediately popped up. There seems to be many of this kind of diety and tons of examples. My source that I'm listing is from wikipedia but a simple google search will get you many other deep dives into other sources if you ...


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THE ALGEA were the personified spirits (daimones) of pain and suffering--body and mind--, grief, sorrow and distress. They were the bringers of weeping and tears. The Algea were related to Oizys, the milder spirit of misery and sadness, and Penthos, the god of mourning and lamentation. In Greek mythology, Oizys (/ˈoʊɪzɪs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀϊζύς) is the ...


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