Showing posts with label Echidna. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Echidna

Echidna-
Echidna 'Mother of all Monsters'
In this post my dears, I am going to bring you to Echidna. There have been many different versions of her
tale in Greek Mythology but, I found this account to be the most appealing and I would like to thing the most truth. Echidna parents were said to be Peiras and Styx long ago in the Age of the Gods of Zeus and Goddess of Hera. Echidna was a Drakaina, with the face and torso of a beautiful woman [sometimes said to be that of a beautiful Nymph on top] and the body of a serpent. Echidna - in Greek mean Exiova - ekhis - meaning 'she is a viper'. Who is a legendary monster in Greek Mythology. "MOTHER OF ALL MONSTERS''. because most of the monsters in Greek mythology were believed to be her offspring. You may ask why?  its because the Gods described her as the Goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with lusting eyes, fair cheeks and a sexual bodes. Then below her half again a huge snake, great and awful , with speckled skin. Eating raw flesh beneath the secret parts of the holy earth of her cave, that is deep down under a hollow rock far from the gods/goddess and all mortal men. There is where the Gods appointed her a glorious house to dwell in. And of course Echidna keeps guard of her home in Arima beneath the earth. In other versions of this tale some say Echidna was the daughter of Tartarus and Gaea/ or Ceto and Phorcys/Chrysaor and the naiad Challirhoe. It's really hard to tell it been so long ago. All we know is that is is the Mother of all the Monsters of the Greek Mythology. And the Gods/Goddess had placed her in high ranks to give her a grand home secret cave to live out her days in. The site of her cave was called 'Arima.' Now life wasn't always calm and quite for the Mother of all Monsters even though she was in a good light of sorts with Zeus God of the Olympians. There is one story that I did find about Echidna, that
Echidna in her Cave
Zeus had to punish her. Its seems that Echidna and her mate Typhon, went to attacked the Olympians. So Zeus had to beat them back and punish them. He punished Echidna lover Typhon by sealing him under Mount Etna. However, Zeus allowed Echidna and her children to live as a challenge to to future heroes.  There were other stories according to the different gods and goddess of the Olympians. One of these stories was being that she was immortal and a ageless beautiful nymph - Echinda used to 'carry off passers to her cave' until she was finally killed where she slept by the Argus Panoptes the hundred-eyed giant. Of course there are many other stories of Echidna being that she is the mother of all monsters. It would be to hard to but all their offspring and stories in one post. So what I thought I would do is just name a few for you all; Echidna was the mother by Typhon by many
monstrous offspring; The two-headed dog; Cerberus - the many-headed dog which guarded the gates of Hades; The Lernaean Hydra - many-headed sea monster which when one of its heads was cut off grew two more; The Chimera - the fire breathing beast that was part lion,part goat and had a snake-head tail; Caucasian Eagle ;  The Crommyonian Sow; The Gorgon; The Colchian Dragon - that guarded the Golden Fleece;  The Teumessian Fox -A fox that was destined never to be caught;
Finally one of last of her offspring I think that rather interesting is that Ladon the dragon which guarded the Golden Apples in the Garden of the Hesperides. So there you have the Mother of all Monsters of the Greek Gods/Goddess of the Olympians. Most famous was her dragon that guarded the Golden Apples of Hesperos; the Hydra - the many-headed dragon/serpent; The Chimaera; The Orthus a hell-dog; And the
Cerberus - an more famous of the hell-dog with three heads; The Crommyonian Sow; the Cancasus Eagle and finally the Nemean Lion. Echidna was at times definitely a creepy and scary monster Yet beautiful monster of sorts with her beautiful Nymph upper half on top. She live with her mate Typhon [this was the monster who had challenged all the Greek Gods and ended up under Mt. Aetna or having it thrown on top of him by Zeus himself in a cave in Scythia. Which ended the happy relationship between Echindna and Typhon.  However as I have noted above Zeus allowed Echidna and her children future monsters to live in her home cave to challenge future heroes. In fact that is what happened in Greek history.. So my dears,
Readers, Friends and Followers I hope that you find this Mother of all Monsters Echidna interesting as 
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