Showing posts with label Hippocampus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hippocampus. Show all posts

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hippocampus

Hippocampus-
Since I just did a post on the Aughisky Fairy horse 
of Ireland, I thought I would continue with this theme and
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do the Hippocampus creature. These two Mythology creatures 
are very different in their looks and their origins too. The Aughisky Fairy horse
as I just did is from Ireland/Scotland Gaelic ancient times and the 
Hippocampus creature is from Greek-Roman Mythology times. Two very different ares.
The hippocampus is a creature with the upper body of a horse, this includes the 
head neck and forelegs which are quite real and the lower body of a 
dolphin usually ,but sometimes a fish. Although 
there are some rare cases of it being that of a serpent.
But I haven't been able to find any pictures to show of
the hippocampus of the lower body with the serpent, thus
the word rare. In my search for these
fabulous Mythology creatures, I found that, the word Hippocampus is literally means
a sea-horse. Which kinda makes since if you look at these
Hippocampus
amazing Magick creatures they do have a look of a 
Sea-horse just much much larger and more powerful, 
strong and vast is size too. From what I could find on the 
hippocampus horse, it seems that they com 
from the Greek word 'hippos' which is said to mean
horse and 'kampos' means sea monster. So the ancient Greeks
put the two together in my opinion and they came up with
Hippocampus. They are alternatively described as having the lower 
body of a sea-monster, but this just depends on who you are talking too or who you might
be reading on about these I feel in my! opinion beautiful Magick Creatures.
In Greek mythology Poseidon's chariot was drawn by a team of these beautiful 
Hippocampi's. There were other Greek gods of the seas that were often shown sitting or even
riding on this wondrous animals of the sea and ocean. The 


Hippocamppus
hippocamppus are commonly see 
in ancient Greek art and is a mythical creature associated with the Greek God of ocean Poseidon/
Neptune in Roman myth.
These most beautiful hippocampus horse have been depicted in many different
colors. From the pure white to blues, deep greens, blue/greens light blues, silvers,
bronzes, reds and even rainbow colors and more. What these magnificent hippocampus 
do in the sea is a perfect metaphor for the plunging into wave as if the water was butter. 
Hippocamppus
The waves could be even a 100feet in height but they could will move toward them like
they were a small lapping lake. They have been know to save drowning sailor from ships, to pull them 
through difficult passages and do battle with various dreadful monsters of the depths of the
oceans. In the ancient Phoenician and Etruscan fashion, they were sometimes depicted
with wings. Poseidon's favorite Hippocampoi was a stallion named Skylla and a mare named
Sthenios. 
I did find many different cultures other than that of Greece that have their own myths on the
hippocampus. One is among the Seri Indians of Northwestern Mexico, there is a legend  of a
man who had fled into the ocean to escaped his pursuers, before going into the ocean he
tucked his sandals into the back of his shirt above his belt. Once into the water he
was transformed into a seahorse, thus explaining the origin of that animal. Another culture would be that of the hippocampus - Sea-Horse in European with webbed feet in place of hooves, and a long dorsal fin down its back, was in Australia. And finally in Scandinavian Folklore, the call the hippocampus, a Havhest -sea-horse meaning to the Scandinavian people a gigantic Sea-Serpent. Their hippocampus is described as a gigantic sea-serpent with a horselike head and a double-lobed tail like that of a fish. It has glittering yellow eyes, a long mane that goes down its entire back spine and his forelimbs are like that of a seal's. There is more! It has a double row of fangs that can grow up to six feet long. And they say, the hippocampus can also breathes fire too! This hippocampus is more like a hippocampus demon-serpent in my opinion. Why because this one will sink ships and has been only seen a few times since the 19th century.
It is said to this day that the name Hippocampus is now the scientific name to the curious little fish known as the seahorse which I have done a post a while back. Which I find interesting, that they put the two creatures together. They do kinda look some what alike, but in size and the nature of each is quite different. If you look at them the Mythic Creature compared to the seahorse is only tops 14inches long. And that is the biggest, most of the seahorses are on average 6inches or lower. I found this Magick Creature to be very delightful 
much more so that the Aughisky Fairy horse. I wish that If I could go back in time i could ride one of these 
kind and wonderous creatures. I hope you Enjoy the Hippocampus as much a myself :o) I will continue to try and bring you wonderous and magick stories to you all my dear Friends and Followers! 
Love you All! Your Wendy!






































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The Hippocampus is commonly seen in ancient Greek art and is a mythical creature associated with the Greek god of the ocean - Poseidon (or Neptune in Roman myth). The Hippocampus has the top half of a horse including head neck and forelegs and the lower part of a fish, a dolphin or in some rare cases a serpent. Therefore the Hippocampus is literally a sea-horse. The name comes from the Greek ‘hippos’ meaning horse and ‘kampos’ meaning sea monster.
Poseidon was the god of horses as well as the god of the sea and earthquakes. Many Hippocampi were needed to draw the chariot of the sea of Poseidon. Homer describes Poseidon as driving a chariot pulled by brazen-hoofed horses across the sea. The Hippocampus appears frequently in bronzeware, silverware and paintings of the ancient Greeks and the Etruscans but also feature in the artworks of India and Mesopotamia. According to one tale when the city of Helike was submerged by an earthquake the Hippocampi swam free above the city and pulled on the lines of fisherman's rods. The Hippocampus are also the mounts for the Nerieds and spiritual beings. There are 4 other fish tailed animals like the Hippocampus:

- See more at: http://www.mythicalcreatureslist.com/mythical-creature/Hippocampus#sthash.CYNaY5CX.dpufThe Hippocampus is commonly seen in ancient Greek art and is a mythical creature associated with the Greek god of the ocean - Poseidon (or Neptune in Roman myth). The Hippocampus has the top half of a horse including head neck and forelegs and the lower part of a fish, a dolphin or in some rare cases a serpent. Therefore the Hippocampus is literally a sea-horse. The name comes from the Greek ‘hippos’ meaning horse and ‘kampos’ meaning sea monster.
Poseidon was the god of horses as well as the god of the sea and earthquakes. Many Hippocampi were needed to draw the chariot of the sea of Poseidon. Homer describes Poseidon as driving a chariot pulled by brazen-hoofed horses across the sea. The Hippocampus appears frequently in bronzeware, silverware and paintings of the ancient Greeks and the Etruscans but also feature in the artworks of India and Mesopotamia. According to one tale when the city of Helike was submerged by an earthquake the Hippocampi swam free above the city and pulled on the lines of fisherman's rods. The Hippocampus are also the mounts for the Nerieds and spiritual beings. There are 4 other fish tailed animals like the Hippocampus:

- See more at: http://www.mythicalcreatureslist.com/mythical-creature/Hippocampus#sthash.CYNaY5CX.dpuf
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