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Friday, July 18, 2014

Dragons, Mythology & Folklore List

Dragons, Mythology & Folklore-
I will be always adding to this List
or if to long I'll make a new list*
*Aido Wedo, the Rainbow Serpent of Dahomey-
*Apep or Apophis the Giant Snake or Serpent of Egypt-
*Apalala, a Mythical river Dragon whoe was Converted to Buddhism-
*Azazel is described as a Dragon in the Apocalypse of
*Azhi Dahaka in Avestan Mythology-
*Qinglong, in Chinese Mythology, One of the Four Symbols-
*Bolla & Bullar, the sleeping dragon of Albanian Mythology-
*Con rit is a Water Dragon from Vietnamese Mythology-
*Brnensky Drak or The Dragon of Brno, the Dragon killed
nearby Moravian City legendary-
*The Devil appears as a 'Great Red Dragon' in the Book of
*Dragons Kings from the Chinese Mythology-
*The Dragon of Loschy Hill of Yorkshire Folklore-
*The Dragons of St. Leonard's Forest of Sussex Folklore-
*The Green Dragon of Mordiford of Herefordshire Folklore-
*Fafnir which transformed into the Dragon of Germanic Mythology-
*The Knucker from Lyminster in Sussex-
*Huanglong the Yellow Dragon of the Center in Chinese Mythology-
*Gorynych the Most Famous of all Russian Dragons-
*Lagarfljotsormurinn a Worm Dragon living in the Lagarfljot near Egilsstaoir in Iceland-.
*The Hydra, which is also called the Lernaean Hydra from Greek Mythology is described as
a Dragon like Animal-.
*Illuyankas from Hittite Mythology-
*Ladon from Greek Mythology-
*The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh of Northumbrian Legend-
*Lambton Worm of Northumbrian Legend-
*Bronze Dragons-
*Rainbow Dragons-
*Fairy Dragons-
*Yellow Dragons-
*Black Dragons-
*Blood Moon Dragons-
*Blue Dragons-
*Copper Dragons-
*Fire Dragons-
*Green Dragons-
*Guardian Dragons-
*Golden Dragon-
*Ice Dragons-
*Koi Dragons-
*Long Wang Dragon-
*Mikouawa Bird Dragon-
*Orange Dragon-
*Purple Dragon-
*Silver Dragon-
*White Dragon-
*Ljubljana dragon - Protector of Ljubljana Capital of Slovenia-
*Longwitton dragon of Northumbrian Legend-
*The Lotan or Leviathan Dragon from Levantine Mythology/Hebrew Scriptures Is a demonic dragon
that reigning in the waters-
*Snow Dragon-
*Red Dragon-
*Spirit Dragon-
*Indigo Dragon-
*Meister Stoor Worm Dragon of Orkney-
*Earth Dragon-
*Babylonian Dragon of the Ishtar Gate-
*The Niohoggr & Jormungandr of Midgard's Worm from Norse Mythology-
*Ouroboros Dragons -
*The Orochi Eight-headed serpant Dragon of Japanesse Mythology-
*The Python of Greek Mythology that Apollo killed-
*Ryujin Dragon Sea God in Japanese Mythology-
*Sarkany was an Dragon of Hungarian-
*Wind Dragon-
*Sea Dragons-
*Sea Serpants Dragons-
*Seiryu Dragon of the Japaneses - Its the name for the Azure Dragon-
*Smok Wawelski/ Wawel Dragon from Polish Mythology-
*The Tarasque Dragon - tamed by Saint Martha-
*Typhon is often thought to be a dragon in Greek Gods times-
*The Whitby Wyrm Dragon of Yorkshire folklore-
*Xiuhcoatl is a Serpent Dragon from Aztec Mythology-
*Yaw from Levantine Mythology & the Dragon in the Book of Revelations-
*Y Ddraig Goch - A Red Dragon of the Brythons & the White Dragon that Y Ddraig Goch
the Red Dragon of the Brythons killed in the story of Lludd and Llevelys is that of the Saxons-
*Cloud Dragons-
*Jade Dragon-
*Zirnitra a God Dragon in Wendish Mythology.
*Zmey Gorynych Dragon of the Slavic Mythology-
*An Unnamed Five-Headed Dragon that was subdued by the Buddhist Goddess Benzaiten at
Enoshima in Japan in A.D. 552-
*Lithuanian Dragons-
*Turkish Dragons-
*Tatar Dragons-
*Greek Dragon-
*Portuguese Dragon Mythology about a Female Dragon named Coca

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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In Greek Mythology, the Goddess Athena was Another quite Powerful Goddess, in the Days of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The Goddess Athena also referred as Pallas was a Greek name. She was the Goddess of Wisdom, Courage, Inspiration, Civilization, Law and Justice, Mathematics, Strength, Strategy, The Arts, Warfare and Highly Skilled. In other-wards Athena was one of the most Powerful Goddesses of her day. She was given many different names that were attached to her because of her heroic endeavors. One of these is that of the Goddess Minerva who is related to the Owl and the moon. She is also one the only known virgins; that I can remember reading about-[but please don't quote me on that one!]there are so many different versions of the different Gods and Goddesses you never known!... She does seem to have a role as protector of the cities, in ancient times throughout Greece. And the people worshiped Goddess Athena, naming a city after her ' Athena of the City' or ' Athena Polias'. The city of Athens in Greece and the Goddess Athena essentially bear the same name; Example Athenai which means many Athenas. So they probably shorten it to Athens is my best guess.
Before I mentioned that Athena was given many names do to her many heroic endeavors and one was the Goddess Minerva of the sacred Owl. Well It seem that the Greek Goddess attended an owl for a time in her life, she was often accompanied by one during the victory of warfare. She was often seen waring goatskin breastplate called the Aegis which was given to by her by her father, Zeus. Interesting Eh! We will get to that a bit later. Athena is also shown wearing a helmeted and with a shield bearing the Gorgon of Medusa's Head, a gift from Perseus. It was so true to see, that Athena is the Goddess of Warfare with these items, but also in her Greek history too. She was a warrior besides being a Goddess of Warfare and a good one. Well her father was Zeus! Besides being a warrior and protector she also was a great helper too. Athena in the Greek Mythology appear as helpers to many hero's in the Greek Mythological world. Some of these Hero's were Hercules, Jason, and Odysseus. How if you don't know all of these hero's I do understand, the Greek mythology isn't to understand. I myself only know Hercules.
There are many stories to her Patroness, I will put the three different views that I have found and you the reader can make your own decision on what you think what happened those centuries ago.
Throughout Athena was always a goddess of warfare, strategy, but she always disliked fighting without a purpose and preferred to use wisdom, strategy, skills and inspiration to settle predicaments. The Great Greek Goddess would not only encourage fighting for a good reasonable cause or to resolve a conflict with another. Finally as an patron of Athens the Goddess fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Achaeans.
Now in Traditional Greek Mythology, Athena was never SEEN or HEARD of with a lover, nor did she ever MARRY! THIS IS HOW THE GODDESS ATHENA EARNED HER TITLE ATHENA PARTHENOS.
The third story to the Athena Parthenon's was that- The Goddess as a philosophy became part of a cult in the Classical Greece during the late 5th century B.C. She was very good in such things as metal work for weapon's. Athena led many battles as either the disciplinary, strategy, strength -type of war In contrast to her brother Ares 'The Patron of Violence' 'bloodlust and slaughter' the raw force of war'.
Now you can choose which you think truly Athena the Goddess Was?


Birthplace of Athena, Daughter of Zeus
~Athena is 'Born' from Zeus forehead~

Athena was remade as the favorite daughter of Zeus, born fully armed from his forehead after he swallowed her mother, Metis. Now from doing this post on the Goddess Athena I have found that there are several versions to many parts of her life and it doesn't stop with her birth either. So I will try to get through most of them for you in a easy manner.
The first and most commonly told is; When Zeus lay with Metis, the goddess of crafty thought and wisdom, but immediately feared the consequences of his actions, as I'm sure has crossed his mind many time before- being the God Zeus. It had been prophesied that Metis would bear children more powerful than the sire, even Zeus himself. Well of course the powerful God of all Mount Olympus could not have this ~ So in order for the prophesy to not foretold and these dire consequences to come true after lying with Metis, Zeus, decided “To have her put away, inside his own belly”. He swallowed her down of of a sudden,but he was too late; Metis had already conceived a child. Well when the time came for the child to be born, Zeus was in great pain; There are many sources of what really happened, but the main part was that Athena leaped from Zeus' head fully grown and armed, 'shouting 'and pealed to the broad sky clarion cry of war.” They are other stories that Athena had weapons too, but that's all up to you the readers to decide. How there was a matter of Zeus's Wife Hera that we haven't talked about and she was very annoyed with Zeus as probably this wasn't the only time, anyway she was so annoyed with the great Zeus Supreme ruler of Mount Olympus for producing a child apparently on his own that she caused herself to conceive and bear Hephaestus by herself. Metis never bore any more children. I don't know about you all out there but these Greek Gods are a bit crazy on their thinking through things...

Athena and Poseidon

Athena in the Greek mythology competed with Poseidon's to be the patron deity of Athens, which was yet unnamed... In on version myth. In another, the two agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and that the Athenian's would choose the gift they preferred.
Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and salt water spring sprang up; this gave them a means of trading of water-
Athenas at its height was a significant sea power , defeating the Persian fleet at the Battle of Salamis, but the water was salty and not very good for drinking. So Athena offered them the first domesticated olive tree.
The Athenians accepted the olive tree and with it the patronage of Athena for the Olive tree brought wood, oil, and food.

In the story of Hephaestus/Athena where Hephaestus attempts to rape Athena, but fails,because she eluded him – His semen falls to the earth and impregnates the the soil of the earth. This is how Erichthonius was born from the Earth, Gaia. Athena then raised the baby as a foster mother. Athena put the infant into a small box which she entrusts to the care of three sisters > Herse, Pandrosus and Aglaulus of Athens. The goddesses doesn't tell them what the box contains, but does warn them not to open it until she returns. My guess is at least one sister can't wait til Athena gets back Eh... Well the story continues ~ One or two sisters open the box to reveal Erichthonius, in the form of a serpent. The serpent, or insanity induced by the sight , drives the two sisters Herse and Aglaulus to throw themselves off the Acropolises. Harrison the last sister finds to be a simply cautionary tale directed at young girls carried to the Thesmophoria rituals, to discourage them from opening it the box. There are other versions to this myth which one could check-out about the story of Hephaestus but I choose this one...


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Medusa In Greek Mythology ll

Medusa in Greek Mythology ll
Medusa was a beautiful young maiden who had a magnificent head of long enticing 

hair in her time; she was desired and courted by many suitors . Yet before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon found her worshiping in the
temple of Athena and ravished [basically raped her].
The Goddesses Athena was outraged at that her sacred temple
had being violated, so she punished poor Medusa who was actually violated inside the sacred temple of Athena... So when the Goddesses Athena punished Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who
would look upon her directly would turn into stone.

One wonders why did she punished Medusa so harshly when it was Poseidon that was the one that did the violation on her sacred temple... there are many different views to this story in the Greek Gods.

Story of Medusa in Greek MythologyThe stories of Medusa are often contradictory. Was she a victim or a villain? Was she always ugly or once beautiful? How did someone with the body of a dragon and a head of a snake become known as thy "guardian or protectorates"? Just was her role in the early Greek myths?

The name Medusa first appears in early religious history, when the goddesses represented birth and earth. It was a time before the advent of male gods. There are references to a Medusa among the Libyan Amazons. She was know then as the "Serpent goddess"

Those who study Greek mythology believe the goddess was transplanted into Greek
tales at a later date. All tales seem to agree that she was a gorgon-a -terrible monster. Some stories say she was born that way, the only mortal of three gorgon sisters born to Echidne, a Echidne, a half-women, half-Typhonand Typhon, the worst monster in the world.
Another story states she was very beautiful at one time; and she was born beautiful to two earth people Phorcysed PhCetos and Ceto.
The story of Medusa as a word renowned beauty says she offended Athena, the beautiful goddess. One myth says Medusa lived in the far north and had never seen the sun. She asked permission of Athena to come south. When Athena denied her request, she angrily accused Athena of being jealous of her (Medusa's) beauty. Enraged, Athena not only removed her beauty, but even worse, made her so ugly people, especially men, turned to stone just by looking at her (Medusa).
A different story also reports that Medusa's beauty was so stunning that many men courted her, but she became a priestess in Athena's temple. Her golden hair and her beauty attracted the lustful eyes of the sea god, Poseidon. They coupled in Athena's temple, a terrible violation of a sacred place. Stories differ as to whether he raped Medusa of she enticed him first. Either way, she got pregnant.

When Athena learned of what happened; she flew into a rage and cursed poor beautiful Medusa, even though it was not all her fault. The curse was snakes for hair, a body of a dragon and a face so ugly that no man would look upon her and if they did those would turn into stone.

Eventually, a Greek hero name Perseus promised to kill her. He borrowed (some stories say Hermes) Hermes winged sandals and Hades' cap of invisibility. He carried a powerful scythe and a mirrored shield. His speed and invisibility allowed him to get close to her. He used the mirror to "see" her without becoming a stone and beheaded her. Again, different versions tell that of different people or objects from the gods assisted him.
It turned out that the head continued, to be useful, at least for awhile, to turn others
to stone. Perseus used it to kill some of his enemies included Polydectes Polydectes who was Perseus Persephus' mother to marry him.

The story continues that when her head left her neck, her offspring sprang full
grown from her blood. They were the winged horse Pegasus (Poseidon was a great horse lover) and a giant war Chrysaord Chrysaor. As Perseus transported the head, blood dripping onto the Sahara Desert and created poisonous serpents.

When he laid the head down by the sea , the blood seeped onto the seaweed and created red coral. Afterwards this water was known as the "Red Sea" It is also Interesting to note that some species of coral are called Medusa today.
The eventual disposition of the head of Medusa has varies tale to tale. Some say Athena used it on her shield, The Aegis, for awhile, and then gave it away.

O Persephus Persephus buried it in the marketplace of Argos. Images of Medusa were found in the temples of Artemis, who also sometimes wore a Medusa mask at some rites. Her image was also found on doors, flags and in cups It was used to care off evil spirits too.
There were lessons to be learned from Medusa's stories. One is that beauty can either be a gift or a curse, depending on how a beautiful woman behaves. Her beauty certainly got Medusa into trouble. The second lesson is that Medusa had more power as a gorgon than a woman. This is how she became known as Guprotectores protectorates especially of virgins. The curse of being able to turn men into stone proved to be a warning to all men who force their unwanted attention on young women. Finally, she continued to have power even after death.
Her head continued to kill and her blood spawned her children as well as snakes and coral. That power has continued even to modern times of today!!!  Women's rights and liberation has been brought  to Medusa's story  for women, along with her head as symbol of rage and power. Perhaps every women has a little of 
Medusa in her both Beauty , Power & Rage.
I brought  this post up again because I remember 
The first time I got so many different  views on the subject. 
And the fact that The Goddess Medusa is still  today
Very much alive today. 
I found that even besides the movies
Arties, Magazines, blogs etc. She is very much 
A Beauty & Power Today. Even with her 
Tragic story in the very brief happiness of 
Her youth taken so violently . I hope 
that I have honored the great Goddess Medusa.
She may have been a monster to many ,but to 
me she was a victim and  used her power
the only way she knew how  under the 
To The Goddesses Medusa 

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