[MYTHOLOGY MEME] 4/5 Creatures/Monsters: The Graeae
In Greek mythology the Graeae were three sisters who shared one eye and one tooth, which they took turns using. By stealing their eye while they were passing it amongst themselves, the hero Perseus forced them to tell the whereabouts of the three objects needed to kill Medusa/the whereabouts of Medusa herself.
The Graeae were daughters of the sea-deities Phorcys and Ceto. Thus, they were among the Phorcydes, all of which were either aquatic (sea-based) or chthonic (earth-based) deities. The Graeae were sisters to the Gorgons. The Graeae took the form of old grey-haired women; though, at times poets euphemistically described them as “beautiful.”
Fantastical Ladies→ Naga
In Hindu myth, nagas are a primeval race of divine serpent-people that play an important part in religion. They are half human and half snake, and are still worshipped as the bringers of fertility, especially in southern India. Nagas are believed to live in palaces (Patala) in the underground city Bhogavati. They are considered the protectors of springs, wells and rivers. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought. (x)
Hercules & the Old Man of the Sea. Walter Crane. 1892.
The Alkonost is, according to Russian mythology and folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. They make sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again.
She lives in the underworld, but the Alkonost will lay her eggs on a beach and then roll them into the sea. When the eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets and the sea becomes unmanageable.
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Thor Battering the Mitgard Serpent by Johann Heinrich Füssli.
women of mythology - allanque
a star personified, she returns to the northerly sky at night to give light to the souls that wander to and from home, that travel the cold and lonely roads of the north atlantic coast, journeying through the dark with only her meek light to illuminate the way.
she peers down from her heavenly domain at night, always searching and seeking out those that might need her help. flickering through tree branches, winking at them from her perch in the deep velvet sky, burning as brightly as she is able so those in the darkness can use her pale silver glow. she is a pale, shimmering beacon more radiant then any other star that hangs in the dark night sky.