Creepy Chimera Facts and Origins

Creepy Chimera Facts and Origins

The creepy Chimera is, as its name indicates, a fearsome and monstrous beast that has the ability to breathe fire. Its body consists of parts of various animals. Usually these are a lion, a goat and a snake. The Chimera can even have multiple heads, each consisting of the aforementioned animals. This monster is the offspring of Echidna and Tiphon, being the brother of the Cerberus and Hydra. Does this surprise anyone? Thought so. Nowadays, the term chimera refers to any type of creature that is a combination of various animal parts.

When people saw a Chimera, they took it as a sign of impending doom, bringing pain and suffering. Homer gives a brief description of this creature in the Iliad. This is one of the earliest mentions of it:  “A thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle,and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire.” It does not sound so nice, right?

Creepy Chimera Facts and OriginsCreepy Chimera Facts and Origins

Despite its appearance and the mane on its head, the Chimera is female. When you search for pictures of it, you will clearly see its ears. This does not happen with male lions, whose ears are hidden beneath their mane. According to legends, the chimera can breathe fire and it uses its fiery breath to kill cattle and destroy cultures. There is only a single account of someone defeating this beast. This person was Bellerophon. He added a lump of lead to his spear, which melted upon contact with the creature’s breath and killed it.

Somehow, throughout history, the creepy Chimera became an epitome of female evil. During the Medieval times, someone wrote a book denouncing the female population. They described females as the ultimate evil, being wicked creatures that could do horrible deeds. In the book, they compared females to Chimeras. According to this book, females were beautiful but deceiving.

Ever since then, people saw this mythical creature as something with negative connotations. Even now, people use this term to refer to vicious and unsightly specimens.

 

 

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