Restored Medusа is almost ready. The final high firing is ahead, and I hope that’s all. 🙂
Meanwhile, I’m in fairy tale state of mind today and want to tell you about her faithful companion Hippocampus, or Sea Horse 🐴🌊, who will stay with me in memory of her.
🔱 The hippocampus (Greek: ἱππόκαμπος) who is often called a sea-horse in English, is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician and Greek mythology. It was also adopted into Etruscan mythology (I adore Etruscan culture 😍🙏🏻)
🔱 The hippocampus has typically been depicted as having the upper body of a horse with the lower body of a fish. 🐬
🔱 These proud looking animals served in the guard of Poseidon, who is not only the God of the sea, but the God of horses as well.
🔱Different myths spur different imagery where Poseidon and his mounts are concerned, sometimes he rides them and in others they draw his sea-chariot.
🔱 Greek mythology puts wonderful horses in the closest relationship with the deities of the waters: the Okeanids and Poseidon roam the sea abysses in chariots; the horses of the latter are called golden-haired and stormy flying in the Iliad. 🌊🌊💫
🔱 As in our Slavic tales, the Sea King has sometimes the form of a fierce stallion, which must be traveled by a strong-armed hero, so the Greeks attributed the same transformation to Poseidon: in the noise of storms he pursued Demeter, who, running away from his embrace, turned in to the horse and mingled with the Arcadian herds but Poseidon found her and mated with her as a male horse. 💪🏻🙈
I can write about Greek mythology and culture endlessly, also, I often say that I am Hellenist by religion) It’s a fact that ALL of European culture, everything that we now represent of ourselves came from a tiny Greece! It’s hard to imagine but it’s a fact. ☝🏻
💧 Admit who of you had the book “Myths of Ancient Greece” at home? It was my favorite book with fairy tales, I lived with these characters in an embrace: Hercules is a bit simple, Perseus is a smart ass, Medusa Gorgona is simply an unhappy, misunderstood woman…