Friday ‘Kids and Curs’ Café
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I was thinking about children in Greek mythology, and how some of them are not exactly cute, at least to us.
We will ask Hesiod to introduce Echidna:
Ceto bore Phorcys another unmanageable monster like nothing human nor like the immortal gods either, in a hollow cave. This was the divine and haughty Echidna, and half of her is a Nymphe with a fair face and eyes glancing, but the other half is a monstrous serpent, terrible, enormous and squirming and voracious, there in earth’s secret places…Echidna, a Nymphe who never dies, and all her days she is ageless. (Hesiod, Theogony 295–305)
As to her children, Graves summarizes them:
Echidne bore a dreadful brood to Typhon: namely, Cerberus, a three-headed Hound of Hell; the Hydra, a many-headed water-serpent living at Lerna; the Chimaera, a fire-breathing goat with lion’s and serpent’s body; and Orthrus, the two-headed hound of Geryon: who lay with his own mother and begot on her the Sphinx and the Nemean Lion. (Robert Graves, The Greek Myths Volume 1)
Poor Echidna! Most people are proud and pleased to talk about their kids. Perhaps she looked on the bright side and could have said something like:: “I am so proud of my children. The eldest works for Lord Hades and his dread queen, keeping the riff-raff out of the Underworld, one guards his Uncle Geryon’s kingdom. One has a bite so venomous that it can give a god immortal pain. One breathes fire and got hired to guard some Anatolian kingdom. The Lion rules in Nemea in his own right. And Sphinx works for Queen Jocasta keeping the riff-raff out of Thebes. They were a handful growing up but thankfully I had Hera to help with them.”
Hopefully it’s easier for you to give a good report on your children or, if you don’t have any, anyone or anything you’ve nurtured. Please tell us all about them.
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