The monster's reputation grew with each victim. Legend says while she was there baby snakes dropped from her head and this is why there are plenty of snakes in Africa. The Medusa's severed head still had the power to petrify humans. Each head of the king snake at Arizona State University was supported by a separate neck, but they shared a single stomach. Boa Sandersonia is one of the three Gorgon sisters that rule over Amazon Lily. The nearer he came, the more terrible did the snaky visage and metallic body of the monster grow. Athena helped Peseus to kill Medusa because she wanted to wear Medusa's head on her Aegis as a warning to strangers and young women. Her face had a strange power. She was the daughter of Phorcys, a God of the sea, and Ceto, a female sea God. Gazers upon her face would turn to stone. Since then, Medusa is the Gorgon, the mythical figure of death. From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus, her two sons by Poseidon. His relation with his aunt Stheno and her daughter Viperine is a lot better, but they do not live in New Salem. In Greek mythology, Medusa (/məˈdjuːzə, məˈdʒuː-, -sə/, US: /məˈduː-/; Μέδουσα "guardian, protectress") was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. The snake was not harmed and soon released back to nature. Perseus, who was the son of Zeus, had help from the gods on his quest to find and behead Medusa. and usually ends at around the 9th Century. She is the younger sister of Boa Hancock, and the older sister of Boa Marigold. He was able to defeat the Gorgon by lopping off her head, which he was able to do by fighting her reflection in his highly polished shield. It shows the severed head of the mythological monster. Medusa was a Gorgon - one of three sisters with venomous snakes for hair and the ability to turn people to stone. Fact 3: Medusa had beautiful fair skin before turning to snake green when she was cursed by Athena. She was 1 of the three Gorgon Sisters. The Head of the Medusa by Pieter Pauwel Rubens, from 1617. ), is the Rider-class Servant of Sakura Matou in the Fifth Holy Grail War of Fate/stay night. She is one of the three Gorgon sisters (the other two being Stheno and Euryale) and the only one to be mortal. With her fair and white skin, Medusa was considered a beautiful lady before her encounter with Athena who cursed her with her ugly looks. In early classical art the Gorgons were portrayed as winged female creatures; their hair consisted of snakes, and they were round-faced, flat-nosed, with tongues lolling out and with large projecting teeth. From then on, similarly to Euryale and Stheno, her older Gorgon sisters, Medusa was depicted with bronze hands and wings of gold. Medusa is an ancient Greek mythological character known for her ability to turn one into stone if they looked at her (even by accident), and for her head of snakes (instead of hair) and winged human female form. Poets claimed that she had a great boar-like tusk and tongue lolling between her fanged teeth. As on the Apollonia Pontica coin above, they surround her head but do not seem to be growing from it. : Medusa was the only Gorgon who was mortal; hence her slayer, Perseus, was able to kill her by cutting off her head. In Greek mythology, Medusa was one of the three Gorgon sisters who had once been stunningly beautiful, ‘the jealous aspiration of many suitors’, according to the Roman poet Ovid. The right-hand coin, from Parion in Mysia, has the snakes that we tend to expect. Learn more about Gorgons in this article. Some of the reptilian attributes associated with the Gorgon are a belt made of snakes, and snakes either emanating from her head, or entangled in her hair. She and her sisters are called the Gorgon sisters for supposedly heroically slaying a monster called the Gorgon. Like Cardea, Lilith, Tiamat, and many other ancient goddesses, as patriarchal religion appeared, She was transformed into a horrible monster. Gorgon, monster figure in Greek mythology. Leonardo da Vinci did a painting of her using oil on canvas. Medusa was a monster in Greek mythology, known as a Gorgon. The legend goes that she was either surrounded by snakes, or had snakes for hair. from Humphries translation She was a very lovely one, the hope of many An envious suitor, and of all her … she changed that Gorgon's hair to horrid snakes. Fact 4: Medusa’s love for Poseidon turned her into a monster with very ugly looks and snakes on her head. Well, Medusa was said to be like a snake women who if you made eye contact with, you'd be turned into stone. Much later stories claim that each of three Gorgon sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, had snakes for hair, and that they had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone. Perseus Receives Gifts from the Gods. When Athena discovered the sea god had ravaged Medusa in her shrine she sought vengeance by transforming Medusa’s hair into snakes, so that anyone who gazed at her directly would be turned into stone. She looks quite normal, and in fact resembles a portrait of Helios or the sun-god Apollo. She was raped by the god Poseidon in the Temple of Athena, and when Athena discovered them, she turned Medusa’s hair into snakes and gave her the curse of turning all living things that looked at her into stone. Medusa, Class Name Rider(ライダー, Raidā? This gorgon is shown with wavy hair and no snakes. And to this day, Minerva, to dismay and terrify her foes, wears on her breast the very snakes that she herself had set - as punishment - upon Medusa's head. She only truly acts as Sakura's Servant when their connection is revealed in the Heaven's Feel scenario. King Polydectes of Seriphus once commanded the hero Perseus to fetch her head. The great hero Perseus was sent to deliver her head by King Polydectes of Seriphus, an impossible task indeed. Each had a slightly iridescent baby-blue strip down its spine with a matching belly and dark blue-to-black sides with scarlet columns. Phorcys is said […] Her bounty is 40,000,000 berries. Perseus had no horse to give, so he asked Polydectes to name the gift; he would not refuse it. She was made into marble and bronze sculptures. Polydectes held Perseus to his rash promise and demanded the head of the only mortal Gorgon, Medusa, whose gaze turned people to stone. King Polydectes of Seriphos wanted to get rid of Perseus, so that he could have his way with Perseus’ mother Danae.Polydectes would trick Perseus in accepting a quest to obtain the head of Medusa, Perseus believing that it was to be a wedding gift, so that Polydectes could marry another woman, not Danae. Sometimes she is referred to as Queen Medusa, which endows her with power over all snakes and knowledge of secrets long forgotten. Medusa would be confined to a cave, and anyone who made eye contact with the Gorgon would be turned to stone. At last, when he found himself hovering over her within arm's length, Perseus uplifted his sword, while at the same instant each separate snake upon the Gorgon's head stretched threateningly upward, and Medusa unclosed her eyes. is a legendary monster with living venomous snakes in place of hair, whose gaze can turn her victims to stone. She had the face of a hideous woman, but had poisonous snakes on her head, instead of hair. She had various snakes for her hair, pale skin, red eyes, snake bottom and human torso and arms. Deuce Gorgon is a 2010-introduced and all-around character. An image of Medusa's head was placed on Athena's own armor or shown on her shield. Medusa is a character in Hesiod and Homer's myth. Her beauty caught the eye of Poseidon, who desired her and proceeded to ravage her in Athena’s shrine. He later used her head as a weapon to turn enemies to stone. Medusa is best known to today for her role in the adventures of the Greek hero Perseus. Gorgon was symbolizing the physical embodiment of death. Medusa was a Gorgon: creatures of Greek mythology, and we can choose to subscribe to the legend that she was a winged human with living venomous snakes in place of hair, and anyone who looked at her turned to stone. In Greek mythology Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα (Médousa), "guardian, protectress") was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair.Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. If you looked at her face you were turned to stone. After that, Medusa became the supreme goal of many warriors, because anyone who managed to decapitate her would have an absolute advantage in the battlefield. Due to Sakura's unwillingness to participate as a Master, Shinji Matou is instead given control over Rider. She débuts, with her appearance in around 700 B.C. He is a gorgon, specifically the son of Medusa Gorgon, and a student at Monster High.Deuce and his mother have a difficult relation, which he tries to make the best of and keeps out of his school life. Of the three sisters only Medusa was mortal. In some variations of the myth, Medusa was born a monster like her sisters, described as girded with serpents, vibrating tongues, gnashing their teeth, having wings, brazen claws, and enormous teeth.In later myths (mainly in Ovid) Medusa was the only Gorgon to possess snake … Medusa (メディウサ, Mediusa?) Many artists made Medusa into a work of art. Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in … Medusa wandered Africa for some time. Here are some facts about Medusa. Ovid's account of Medusa's mortality tells that she had once been a woman, vain of her beautiful hair. Some believe that these traits are derived from early Greek religious concepts, such as the dragon Delphyne, whose skin was believed to be made of impenetrable scales. Medusa was a fearsome monster called a Gorgon. A rare two-headed snake -with one head on each end- was spotted in a public park in east China last Thursday. Athena cursed the mortal Medusa with a hideous face and snakes for hair. In Greek mythology the Gorgons were three powerful, winged daemons named Medusa, Sthenno and Euryale. Boa Sandersonia is the character in One Piece. He accomplished this with the help of the gods who equipped him with a reflective shield, a curved sword, winged boots and helm of invisibility. Medusa was a formidable foe, since her hideous appearance was able to render any onlooker into stone. So the head of Medusa in the statue of Perseus and Medusa by Cellini is beautiful. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes turned into blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the onlooker; whilst her former roseate hue … Writhing snakes were entwining her head in place of hair. 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