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(November 22, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Cartoon dolls couplesMythology is a creation of tales within a society with the intent of explaining natural phenomenon or a cultural experience. These tales were at one time synonymous with some religions, and in some cases defined an entire civilization. While it seems the term mythology most often applies to the well-known Greek or Roman mythology (think Zeus and Venus), almost every country has a foundation of mythology including the Norse, Native Americans, Asian, and every other ancient society.

In many cases, over time, the myths became blurred between cultures and centuries. As most myths were not written down until hundreds of years after the stories began, there are often many versions of each which often directly conflict. The best known creatures from these myths have lived on for thousands of years. I've listed some of the most popular mythological creatures below.

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Centaurs

Centaurs have the bodies of horses, with the torso of men. With very few notable exceptions, centaurs are extremely wild and inhospitable. They are vastly territorial, and do not enjoy the company of gods or humans. They are mortal, again with the exception of Chiron who was granted immortality by the gods as he is the trainer of heroes.

Satyrs

Satyrs are followers and helpers of the god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. They are human, usually male, from the waist up, and goat from the waist down. Satyrs have a certain form of nature magic. When they play their lyre or pipes and sing to the plants, the vegetation flourishes. The most famous satyr is Pan. However, many contend that Pan is actually not a true satyr as he is immortal while regular satyrs are mortal, and call him a nature god.Sea sirensSatyrs are well known for enjoying frolics with nymphs and other beautiful maidens – the average satyr is quite the lady's man.

Sirens

Sirens are a form of evil sea nymph and are depicted many ways throughout mythology, including as buzzards, larks, bird women, and even as women with fish tails – although they are not mermaids. The sirens live on an isolated island and sing beautiful and tempting songs to lure sailors to their deaths on the reefs so that the sirens might feast.In mythology, only Odysseus is known to have survived an encounter with the Sirens by having himself tied to the mast of his boat while his sailors rowed past with wax in their ears.

Harpies and the Furies

Easily confused, both the Harpies and the Furies are depicted as creatures who are half bird and half woman. Neither of these sing, however.Furies - devil dollsThe Harpies are vicious creatures of the underworld who torture punished souls on their way to Tartarus, where eternal punishments are enacted.They seemed to especially prefer preying on the flesh of the dead and picking of choice pieces as the souls of the dead trudged beneath them. The Furies, on the other hand, are the physical form of vengeance. They are generally depicted with wings, but might not appear as bird-like as the Harpies. The Furies appear in groups of three, and it was considered extremely bad luck to call them by name. They had many nicknames in order to prevent the appalling ladies from taking vengeance on you or your family.

The Gorgons

The Gorgons were three sisters in mythology.Medusa - GorgonsAlthough some myths suggest the sisters were born monsters, others claim that one sister, Medusa, was so beautiful that she caught the eye of Poseidon the sea god. They had a rather elicit encounter in Athena's temple, and Athena caught them in the act, if you will. She was understandably angry, and punished Medusa by turning her into a monster. The sisters were turned into monsters as well for helping the relationship along. Medusa is well-known for having snakes for hair and a gaze that will turn any living creature to stone. She was finally killed by Perseus. Pegasus, the winged horse, was said to have sprung from her blood.

This is by no means a complete list of creatures from Greek mythology. There are countless other creatures, heroes, mortals, and gods of all forms of mythology, as well as different versions of the creatures above. It is impossible to know exactly what was said two thousand years ago, but these depictions are based on some of the earliest known written accounts.


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starlightrmg

20/Female
Oregon, WI
Posted On: November 24, 2006
Very interesting. Though in the version of Greek Mythology I read Medusa considered herself as beautiful as the gods, and in anger, Zues changed her into a monster. But there are many versions.

And yes, a mythological dollmaker would be awsome!
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babyangeldrago

24/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: November 24, 2006
really intresting article!!! a dollmaker would be cool
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laurenbellamy

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Tampa, FL
Posted On: November 23, 2006
Yes , I would love to see a dollmaker devoted to it . It would be so interesting and the creations would be endless
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akarui_bright

22/Female
Rogers, MN
Posted On: November 23, 2006
I love it!
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Esie125

23/Female
Corpus Christi, TX
Posted On: November 23, 2006
Its good that you do research on these kinds of things, i commend this article with a
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girlygirl890

19/Female
FL
Posted On: November 22, 2006
that was so so.........AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:icon14 :
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: November 22, 2006
Love the article!! Mythology Rocks

Also i heard that furies mess with your head.

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crazykiek

46/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: November 22, 2006
very good!!
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: November 22, 2006
Awsome! Please continue with this. Very interesting.
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coreyscuz

26/Female
Posted On: November 22, 2006
greek gods and goddesses are cool
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Posted On: November 22, 2006
sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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blubbernugget1

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Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: November 22, 2006
way awsome
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ariel31

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 22, 2006
This is such a great article i just totally luv mythology especially greek but that last pic is totally scary!!!
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kittengirlg

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Tyaskin, MD
Posted On: November 22, 2006
:ic on7: cool!!!
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candy_space_cl

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 22, 2006
i love mythology!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! write more articles like this!!!
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