Mythical Creatures Series
Echidna is best known as the mother of monsters because most of the monsters in Greek mythology were mothered by her, including Chimera. She is a very powerful creature and someone who I wouldn’t want to cross paths with.
What is it?
The mixture of a serpent and a woman, this beautiful fair-faced female is a nymph from the waist up and a horrible serpent below. She grew up in her cave and used her beautiful head and torso to lure men but once they were trapped, her serpent nature took over and she ate them raw. Echidna was a drakaina – a female dragon with human-like features.
When Echidna and Typhon attacked the Olympians, Zeus beat them back and punished Typhon by sealing him under Mount Etna. However, Zeus allowed Echidna and her children to live as a challenge to future heroes. According to Apollodorus, Echidna used to “carry off passers-by”, until she was finally killed where she slept by Argus Panoptes, the hundred-eyed giant
Ability / Power
Legend says she is a terrible beast with a voracious appetite matching her enormous size. She fed on fresh meat, lived in a cave with her consort, the horrid monster Typhon, and gave birth to many more creatures including Cerberus and Orthus, the Lernaean Hydra, Chimera, Sphinx and the Nemean Lion.
She attracted males with her beautiful form and then locked them in a coil before consuming them. Many gods wanted this powerful seductress killed, so they conspired and sent the 100 eyed giant, Argus Panoptes to murder her. Also filled with the absolute fear of this formidable creature, he committed the crime while she was deep asleep.
Did you know? There is also a mammal native to Australia that is named echidna. No resemblance what so ever!
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