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Headaches, three headed watch dogs, and the evolution of such. [Oct. 15th, 2008|11:39 pm]
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According to Greek mythology, the three-headed watchdog Cerberus was said to guard the entrance to Hades. Although it was sometimes said to have as many as a hundred heads, most accounts describe Cerberus as having only three heads and the tail of a serpent. The center head was that of a lion, and the other two resembled a dog and a wolf. Cerberus was the offspring of the giant Typhon and Echidna, a monstrous snakelike creature. Heracles temporarily brought Cerberus to the upper world as the last of his Twelve Labors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQrkJchlldA&e

And a human evolution animation.

Also off topic.. who here has had a headache that won't go away in the last couple of weeks? Like 90% of the people I know have had ongoing headaches.

I'm wondering if something was released into the air.. minor chemical/biological warfare in the form of terrible terrible headaches.

Am I paranoid?
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From: ex_theglaiv
2008-10-16 05:21 am (UTC)
In one of the Greek stories I read, when the eyes of the hundred heads of Cerebrus were closed (bored by stories told by our Greek hero masquerading as a shepherd in order to gain access to Hades) they were placed in the tail of the peacock, never to close again.
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From: christinaathena
2008-10-16 05:38 am (UTC)
Was that Cerberus? I thought it was a creature with just one head, but 100 eyes on that head? I can't remember its name, but I do remember the multiple eyes thing ...

Of course, it could also be one of those stories with multiple versions, so who knows?
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From: ex_theglaiv
2008-10-16 05:42 am (UTC)
I'd say it was a mish mash of two or more stories. It was very old but not a scholar's book in any way and definately not a reliable source :) .
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-10-16 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm always mixing them up.
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[User Picture]From: avicado
2008-10-16 07:47 am (UTC)

Slightly different myth, but close!

Here's the story as I read it:

Zeus had been philandering again, this time with a maiden named Io.

Hera (queen of the Greek gods & Zeus' wife) tried to catch him in the act, but Zeus managed to change Io into a cow before Hera got there.

Knowing that something wasn't quite right, she asked for the cow, and Zeus couldn't refuse. Hera then placed one of her most faithful servants to guard the cow... he had 100 eyes, and only closed half of them when sleeping so he could remain ever-vigilant. I think his name was Argos (I have to double-check that).

Zeus, who couldn't directly interfere, sent clever Hermes to rescue Io. In disguise, Hermes went to Argos and began telling him a long story. Pretty soon, half of Argos' eyes closed in sleep. Hermes touched them with his wand... then did the same with the other 50 eyes after they closed in slumber, putting Argos into eternal rest.

To honor her fallen servant, Hera took his eyes and placed them on the peacock's tail.

I love D'Aulaires Book of Greek Mythology!
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From: ex_theglaiv
2008-10-16 07:49 am (UTC)

Re: Slightly different myth, but close!

Oh yes, that's the one. Gosh, it's been so long since I read them.
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[User Picture]From: amazingadrian
2008-10-16 03:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Slightly different myth, but close!

Oh yes, I remember that one. Though don't the accounts say that Zeus turned himself into a cow so he could be with her? I think that was how the Minotaur came about, if I'm not mistaken.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-10-16 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Slightly different myth, but close!

Oooh, interesting. Zeus was such an ass.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-10-16 05:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Slightly different myth, but close!

Oh that's awesome! I love that!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-10-16 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Cool!! I like that too.
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