Cool Mythological Creature Facts

Mythological Creatures

Here are some Cool Mythological Creature Facts.Some of the Mythological Creatures that are well known of are:

Pegasus

Pegasus is one of the best known creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in color. The Pegasus was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and fowled by the Gorgon Medusa. He was born when his mother was decapitated by Perseus. The Pegasus was captured by the Greek hero Bellerophon. This creature allows the hero to ride him to defeat a monster, the Chimera, before realizing many other exploits. His rider, however, falls off his back trying to reach Mount Olympus. Zeus transformed him into the constellation Pegasus and placed him up in the sky.

Cerberus

Cerberus is a multi-headed (usually three-headed) dog, or “hellhound” with a serpent’s tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion’s claws. He guards the entrance of the underworld to prevent the dead from escaping and the living from entering. Cerberus is the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a gigantic monster even the Greek gods feared. Its siblings are the Lernaean Hydra; Orthrus, a two-headed hellound; and the Chimera, a three-headed monster. In most works, the three heads of Cerberus each respectively see and present the past, the present, and the future, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth, and old age. Each of Cerberus’ heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow only the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave.

 Chimera

The chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature, composed of the parts of three animals-a lion, a snake and a goat. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake’s head, the Chimera was a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative or implausible.

Minotaur

The Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. He dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus

Hydra

The Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its tracks were deadly. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Heracles as the second of his Twelve Labours. Its lair was the Lake of Lerna. Beneath the waters was an entrance to the Underworld, and the Hydra was its guardian. The Hydra was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, both of whom were noisome offspring of the earth goddess Gaia.

Medusa

Medusa (“guardian, protectress”) was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus. Who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield.

The Greek civilization was one of the most influential in the history of the world. They gave us democracy, mathematics, philosophy, and of course, their crazy mythology that has been portrayed in films such as Clash of the Titans, Heracles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Many people relate to the Greek gods because of their surprisingly human behavior.

Mythic Creatures

The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events, and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere-sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils-have brought mythic to life in stories, songs, and works of art. Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain, and inspire us. We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest, and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy. Together mythic creatures give shape to humankind’s greatest hopes, fears, and most passionate dreams.