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.
I'll never forget the 1981 movie, Clash of the Titans. It featured Pegasus, the Greek winged horse. I thought is was way cooler than unicorns. The image of a winged horse remains an iconic figure, and the creature symbolized creativity and inspiration.
Pegasus, a white stallion, has an interesting background. Poseidon (the god of the sea) and Medusa (the Gorgon) were his parents. After the hero Perseus threw Medusa's head in the water, her blood became the winged horse, and that's how Pegasus was born.
The hero Bellerophon tamed Pegasus and rode him into battle against the Chimera and the Amazons. There are also stories of the hero Perseus riding Pegasus too, but that came much later. In the original tale, Perseus used Hermes' winged sandals to fly.
Zeus loved Pegasus, and he knocked Bellerophon off of the beloved horse. Zeus then had the horse bring him thunderbolts. And the stallion's obedience was rewarded with having a constellation created in his image. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, you can find the constellation Pegasus high in the sky (east/northeast) in late Summer through early Spring.