Centaur


Among the most famous hybrid creatures of Greek mythology is the half man-half horse centaur. Among the theories of their origin is that they came about when the people of the Minoan culture, with their unfamiliarity with horses, met horse-rider tribes for the first time, and out of their fascination, created tales of horse-humans. Irrespective of their origin, the tales of centaurs endured in Roman times, even in times of great debate over the truth of their existence and have been present in tales ever since (Hard & Rose, 2009).
Echidna
She is a half woman-half snake woman of Greek mythology. She is known to be the mother of the most horrible monsters and mate to Typhon, a fearsome snake-man. Her first reference is in Theogony, the Greek mythology of Hesiod, possibly written at the turn of the 7th to the 8th century BC. It is sometimes believed that dragon stories of medieval Europe are partly based on Echidna (Hard & Rose, 2009).
Harpy
It is described as a bird with a woman’s head in Greek and Roman mythology. Its earliest reference came from Hesiod, with the poet Ovid describing them as human vultures. In legends, they are said to be the source of destructive winds. Today, an annoying woman is said to be harpy, and as another word for a nag (Hard & Rose, 2009).
Gorgons
They are three sisters, Euryale, Stheno, and Medusa who are just like humans except that they had hissing snakes on their heads instead of hair. It is believed that anyone who directly gazed on them would turn into stone (Leeming, 2005).
Mandrake
It is a rare instance of a plant-human hybrid creature. It is actually a group of plants of the genus Mandragora, which is found in the Mediterranean, with the strange feature of roots that resemble a human face. According to Greek mythology, when this plant is dug up, it screams, killing anyone who hears it.
The Minotaur
It is a part bull-part human creature of Greek and Roman mythology, with its most famous appearance being the Greek tale of Theseus fighting a minotaur at the heart of the labyrinth to save Ariadne. It derives its name from the bull-god, Minos, a major deity of the Crete Minoan civilization, and the king who demanded to feed on Athenian youth sacrifices (Leeming, 2005).
Siren
It is a creature of Greek mythology with a human upper body and the legs and tail of a bird. She was particularly dangerous to sailors, singing from rocky shores to lure sailors to dangerous reefs. Today, women thought to be dangerously seductive are sometimes referred to as sirens (Hard & Rose, 2009).
Satyr
This is a part goat-part man creature of Greek myths. Unlike many hybrid creatures of Greek mythology, the satyr is not dangerous, except maybe to human females, because of its hedonistic and raucous devotion to pleasure. Even today, persons obsessed with physical pleasure are sometimes referred to as satyrs (Hornblower et al., 2012).
Sphinx
It is a creature of Greek mythology with a human head and lion body and haunches. It is sometimes said to have an eagle’s wings and a snake’s tail. In its very appearance, it is believed to be dangerous, challenging humans to answer questions and devouring them whenever they give wrong answers. It is prominent in the Oedipus tragedy, who correctly answered a sphinx riddle and suffers mightily for it (Hornblower et al., 2012).
The mermaid
It is a creature believed to have a head and upper body of a human and a lower body of a fishtail. It came from an ancient Assyrian legend where the goddess Atargias, out of the shame of accidentally killing her human lover, turned herself into a mermaid. They are not always believed to be fictional. Christopher Columbus swore of seeing real mermaids during his voyage to the new world

Published by Retirement and Dogs

I retired from the Defense Dept after over 30years. I serviced in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft Hood and Wildflecken, Germany.I live in Florida enjoying the hot weather and sunshine. I have two Shih tzu dogs Gg and Mason that spend their day trying to make me wish I was still working.A good aspect of retirement is being able to what I wanted to do instead of having to do. The what I wanted to do is write children’s books. I enjoy reading and gardening and many other activities.

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