Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
Just about everybody knows about Medusa, the half woman-half snake creature from Greek Mythology who could turn you to stone. But did you know that she had sisters? Oh yes. Three lovely ladies with snakes on their heads...and if anyone looked them straight in the eyes, they'd turn to stone.
It's interesting that Stheno and Euryale were immortal. In fact, they supposedly had different parents. Maybe Medusa's tragic tale is why she is more well known than her other sistes.
Stheno was the eldest sister, born in the caverns of Mt. Olympus. Stheno was the worst of the three. She had killed more people than her sisters combined. Maybe it's because she was turned into a monster because she happened to be standing right next to Medusa when Athena turned them into scary creatures.
Euryale is the middle sister. Her claim to fame is her ferocious cry when her sister, Medusa, is killed.
Medusa is the youngest, and she was seduced by Poseidon. Athena found them in her temple, and she was so ticked off, she turned Medusa and her sisters into Gorgons complete with snakes for hair, fangs, and wicked faces. Some even say they had wings and looked more like demons.
Perseus, the Greek hero, was on a quest to appease a king, and he killed Medusa by beheading her. The sisters went after him, but Perseus flew away using Hermes' winged sandals.
Many psychologists (Freud), philosophers, and writers (Jack London) have all given their opinions on what Medusa represents. I think it's safe to say she is "female fury" personified.