Echidna Stories where we can find it



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Echidna




Stories where we can find it: In ancient Greek mythology, known as the "Mother of All Monsters" because most of the monsters in Greek myth were mothered by her. In Hesiod’s “Theogony”. In Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”. In a story of Hercules, who visited the country of the Scythians after carrying away the oxen of Geryones. Echidna stole Hercules’ horses and would not return them until he spent some time with her. Hercules agreed and Echidna became by him the mother of Agathyrsus, Gelonus, and Scythes, who gave his name to the people of Scythia and became their King.


Origin (place, period): According to Apollodorus, she was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia. Hesiod claims that her parents were Phorcys and Ceto (Titans), while others report that her parents were Chrysaor and Callirhoe. According to Hesiod, she lived with Typhoeus in a cave in the country of the Arimoi, whereas the Greeks on the Euxine conceived her to have lived in Scythia.


Physical Description: Echidna was monstrous, half a winged woman with sparkling black eyes and half a huge scaly serpent.


Human Features: Yes – head and body of a woman.


Behaviour (good / bad): Bad / she used to eat passers-by alive.


Powers / Skills: She was ageless and immortal. She dragged its victims into pits in the earth and ate them alive.


Weakness: She was killed in her sleep by Argus Panoptes (the hundred-eyed giant, guard of people and animals)


Association with other animals: Echidna was the mother of the major monsters of ancient Greek mythology. Her Children were: Orthrus (the two-headed dog which guarded the Cattle of Geryon), Cerberus (the many-headed dog which guarded the gates of Hades), The Lernaean Hydra (the many-headed sea monster which when one of its heads was cut off grew two more), Chimera (a fire-breathing beast that was part lion, part goat, and had a snake-headed tail), The Caucasian Eagle (an eagle that every day ate the liver of Prometheus), The Crommyonian Sow (killed by Theseus), The Gorgon, The Colchian Dragon (a dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece), Scylla, The Teumessian fox (a fox that was destined never to be caught - sometimes called the Cadmean vixen), Ladon (the dragon which guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides).


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