Charybdis – The Sea Monster Of Greek Mythology

Ancient Greece had its fair share of deadly creatures and monsters both on land and sea if I were to ask you to name the first Greek sea monster that comes to mind it’s likely that many of you would say, Silla but just opposite the cliffs at Silla called her home in the Straits of Messina deep in the ocean was an enormous whirlpool created by Charybdis a gargantuan sea monster that plagued the coast of Italy for years on end Charybdis may be how we pronounce her name now but in ancient Greek it was pronounced Hardy these and many believe her name to have originated from the Greek word meaning to swallow the creature was said to be so large that she consumes so much water when she belched it created an enormous whirlpool the exact size of this wall Paul was never mentioned but for it to have been big enough to swallow up an entire Greek ship it’s been estimated that it would have had to have been over 75 feet across interestingly enough.

The area what a monster is located in the Straits of Messina does actually contain a whirlpool but this one is caused by the currents meeting and it’s too small to cause any real danger there are several stories that attempt to discuss the origins of Charybdis the oldest been that she was a daughter of Gaia the personification of the earth and pontus the sea in the years that followed her father was naturally seen as Poseidon as he became the ruler of the sea Charybdis always remain loyal to Poseidon and drew in a feud between duce and Poseidon over land she aided her father engulfed in small islands and large patches of land in water this of course left Zeus furious the land had been stolen from him say he captured Charybdis and chained her to the seabed he then cursed her into the form of a hideous monster with flippers for arms and legs and an uncontrollable thirst for the sea the fact that she was transformed into a hideous monster by Zeus makes it more than likely that she could have been one of the Oceanics one of the nymphs of the sea there is a similar story where she is instead portrayed as a greedy woman who chose to steal the cattle of Heracles Zeus with a single thunderbolt once again cast her into the sea where she would literally become a whirlpool the physical appearance of karibdis as we’ve already seen has changed over the years some believe that she was nothing more than a personification of a whirlpool away for the ancient Greeks to explain this act of nature.

Charybdis - The Sea Monster Of Greek Mythology

Charybdis – The Sea Monster Of Greek Mythology

Other stories describe her as a human that was transformed into a monster an occurrence that is not too uncommon in Greek mythology but exactly what this monster looked like can be left down to your imagination some saw her as an enormous whale like creature and so others Charybdis resembles something that you dicks to see in the work of HP lovecraft an enormous gaping mouth of gigantic teeth waiting to swallow anything that came her way with Charybdis been such a great monster of the scene as one would expect she does appear in several noticeable works and stories in homers work theodicy Odysseus finds himself in quite a poker s position in between karibdis and Scylla but Decius oddities meant to avoid Charybdis as that would result in their ship being swallowed so instead they passed through Scylla and after losing several men they were forced to pass near curb this anyway the ship was sucked into her jaws and Odysseus clung on to a fig tree eventually when Charybdis exhaled the boat was released and after recovering it Odysseus made his way to safety karibdis does also feature in the story of jason and the argonauts who also faced with this impossible task in traveling through the narrow passage with Charybdis on one side and silat on the other in this story however the goddess Hera ordered the mother of Achilles Thetis to guide them to safety these two Siemens has been so close to each other creates this narrow pathway which essentially acts as a deathtrap sailors would come across Charybdis living under a rock in a narrow channel of Messina and Scylla on the opposite side on the much larger cliffs of Silla this meant that sailors passing through would have to choose which of the two dangers they would rather face many like in the term between Scylla and Charybdis – between a rock and a hard place which refer to someone being faced with two equally undesirable alternatives which is exactly what these two months is presented this thing created the near impossible task for sailors to chart a course that avoids both of these monsters without delay in their voyage with so many stories and interpretations of how curb dust came to be and what exactly she look like I’d love to hear what you guys think let me know in the comments below

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