5 Jun 2008

THURSDAY 13 - 13 CREATURES OF THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY

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Rosie is scared !!

Since I started looking into the Greek mythology after my roundtrip through Greece I am getting more and more curious ! Here are some creatures. A horror movie is a love story against the Greek mythology !!

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1. Satyrs
are a troop of male companions that roamed the woods and mountains. They are often associated with sex drive and vase-painters often portrayed them with uncontrollable erections.

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2. Nymph
is in human female form. Nymphs live in mountains and groves, by springs and rivers, and in valleys and cool grottoes. They were the frequent target of satyrs.

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3. Cerberus was the hound of Hades, a monstrous three-headed dog with a snake for a tail and snakes down his back like a mane,

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4. Furies were female, deities of vengeance or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead. When the Titan Cronos castrated his father Ouranos and threw his genitalia into the sea, the Erinyes (Furies) emerged from the drops of blood.

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5. Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed numerous heads and poisonous breath

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6. Pegasus was a winged horse that was the son of Poseidon, in his role as horse-god

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7. Phoenix is a mythical sacred firebird with a tail that is beautiful gold and red plumage

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8. Hippocampus is often called a sea-horse in English, is a creature which has typically been depicted as a horse in its forepart with a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.

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9. Minotaur was a creature that was part man and part bull

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10. Typhon is the god of wind. He was described as the largest and most grotesque of all creatures that have ever lived, having a hundred serpent heads.

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11.Triton is a god, the messenger of the deep. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish.

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12. Sirens were three dangerous bird-women, portrayed as seductresses, who lived on an island called Sirenum surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Seamen who sailed near were decoyed by the Sirens' enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast.


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13.Chimera was a monstrous creature which was made of the parts of multiple animals : "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire"


I decline all responsabilities for nightmares !


19 comments:

homemakingmama said...

Great T13! I find ancient mythology so interesting. I had only heard of a few of the ones you listed :)

Alice Audrey said...

Those Greeks sure liked monsters.

TLC said...
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TLC said...

Very nice images! The kids and I studied Greek mythology this year. They loved it; I couldn't sleep! LOL
My T13 is up, stop by if you get a chance.

Mar said...

I recall some of those from the Harry Potter films...!!
Scary but very interesting! Poor Rosie, hope she can sleep well!

Rasmenia said...

Nice list - I'm a mythology geek. I've got a soft spot for furies & minotaurs...the Theseus story is one of my favorites. :)

Happy Thursday!

Liz said...

They're all fairly nasty, aren't they?!

Robin said...

I often wonder whether the contractor that built my home had an affair with Triton's wife or did something else to make him very angry sometime in the past - everything to do with water in this place is cursed!

CountryDew said...

I love this! The myths have long been a favorite. Great TT.

kay said...

I remember some of that from the school days, and I think I have some Greek mythology books in my library. I must admit, though, they aren't on my bedside table! Thanks for the lesson. Happy TT.

Maribeth said...

I've all loved Pegasus!

Jeanette said...

hi Gattina. great history lesson on ancient Mythology ..

Melli said...

Aren't all men Minotaur??? Well... they're all BULLheaded - right?

Starrlight said...

Ahh my people =) Love the nymphs.

Pamela said...

I think I have the one with the poisonous breath covered (every morning!)

Denise Patrick said...

Great list. I love mythology.

Happy TT!

On a limb with Claudia said...

I am so grateful for the pictures with the words. Like Nymphs are connected to groves and water, right? You wouldn't see a nymph in the air or on the street like a fairy - is that right? I'm terrified of Chimeras - weird I know...

Furies, yes. They are scary too!

Great list - very well done!

Happy TT

Anonymous said...

I have intrested in greek mythology since i was 3 I LOVE THEM

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