fredag den 12. november 2010

Cerberus (Greek Mythology)


Today we will explore another mythological creature. The 3 headed dog Cerberus from Greek mythology.


Cerberus looks like a big mean dog with 3 heads. It has actually been depicted as a dog with 1-50 heads throughout history, but the most common is 3. It is a guard dog and guards the gates of Hades, the underworld in Greek mythology. Its job is to prevent people who have crossed the river Styx from returning to the world of the living.

The Cerberus is a well known mythological creature and has appeared in numerous video games like Age of mythology and Kingdom Hearts to name a few. It has also appeared in a lot of movies like Clash of the Titans. A large 3 headed dog named Fluffy can be seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this beast is clearly inspired by Cerberus. According to the myth Cerberus fell asleep when Orpheus played some music for him and the same thing happens to Fluffy in Harry Potter.

Next Friday you can expect a mythological creature that isn’t from Greek mythology, I promise ;) And tomorrow you can look forward to an extinct creature!

35 kommentarer:

  1. 50 heads? I would seriously like to see one of these!

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  2. cerberus kinda reminds me of my dog.

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  3. Imagine having him as a pet, as if one head doesnt drool enough lol

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  4. I hated fighting this thing in Kingdom Hearts.

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  5. i had nightmares about this when i was a kid

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  6. Oh, i didnt see him in clash of the titans.

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  7. Had the exact same idea to start a blog up on cryptids. Decided to go with scary stories instead.

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  8. Thr cerberus is going to chomp your head off!!

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  9. I've always been fascinated by Greek mythology

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  10. I remember him form Hercules...good dog...nice dog...pls don't eat me

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  11. i remember learning greek mythology in school. pretty crazy stuff

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  12. Sweet, I love cerberus. THe name just sounds like it will rip off your face and devour your children :D

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  13. I did not know the Cerberus was associated with anything more or less than 3 heads. Good to know.

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  14. I've always been fascinated by the characters and creatures from mythology. That really dominated a lot of my time as a kid.

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  15. Wow very good info! keep it up!

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  16. If I remember correctly, this dog is in Harry potter right? Greek myths in Harry Potter lol =D.
    Odd mixture for sure

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  17. cerberus that guardian of hell, there to keep the dead from leaving, not from the living to enter tho =]

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  18. can't wait for tomorow and the extinct creature !

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  19. one of my facourite "animals" :)
    like that beast but i didn't know its from greek mythology :/ *shamed

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  20. Cerberus is so cool. Somehow reminds me of harry potter lol

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  21. This is probably my favorite blog. I love anything having to do with anything that can be described as "creature"

    Cerberus is always pronounced wrong, thats my 2 cents.

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  22. Thank you all very much for all your comments! Feels great having your support :)

    SvarSlet
  23. And maxdangerous, that's really a motivator, thank you!

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