Polycephaly is the condition of having more than one head. The term is derived from the Greek stems poly (Greek: "πολύ") meaning "many" and kephalē (Greek: "κεφάλη") meaning "head". * 3 images. 3 heads on the beast.
Cerberus: Legendary Hell Hound of the Underworld:
In ancient Greek mythology, there exists a three headed wolf called Cerberus that guards the entrance to Hades, a misty and gloomy underworld in which spirits of the dead are permitted to enter but none are allowed to leave. In the ancient world, wolves were often depicted as wild animals that defied domestication, roamed the streets in packs and scavenged on the edge of town.The mythical Cerberus incorporated not only the feared qualities of the ancient canine, but was a strange mixture of several creatures in one and a nightmarish sight to behold.
The name Cerberus comes from the Greek "Kerberos" meaning “spotted.” To the Greeks, Cerberus was a monstrous three-headed wolf, or "hellhound" with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws. His three heads were thought to represent the past, the present, and the future. It was said that Cerberus had razor sharp teeth and a poisonous bite.The poison that drips onto the ground sprung up as a plant that is known as the wolf’s bane.
Chained to the entrance gates of Acheron, another river of the Underworld, Cerberus fawned on the dead or new spirits as they entered, but would savagely eat anyone trying to pass back through the gates and return to the land of the living *Cerberus is one of the few monsters who ever met Hercules and survived. Unlike other monsters that crossed his path. *Cerberus is also featured in many works of ancient literature, although, the depiction surrounding the mythological creature often differs by authors and cultures.
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