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  • Medusa was once a beautiful maiden with two beautiful sisters. With the fairest of skin, and beautiful golden hair. She was a priestess to the god Athena, and was devoted to a life of celibacy.
  • However, she was wooed by Poseidon. Medusa soon fell for him. She forgot her vows of celibacy and married him.
  • For this Medusa was punished in the most terrible manner by Athena. Each lock of her golden hair was turned into a venomous snakes, and her eyes into bloodshot orbs of fury that froze anyone who looked into them into stone.
  • Seeing herself as such a repulsive creature, she fled Greece. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by the rest of the world, she turned into a monster worthy of her appearance.
  • In despair, she fled to Africa, where, while wandering restlessly from place to place, young snakes dropped from her hair; that is how, according to the ancient Greeks, Africa became a hotbed of venomous reptiles.
  • With the curse of Athena upon her, she turned whomever she gazed upon into stone, until years later, after a life of nameless misery, deliverance came to her in the shape of death, at the hands of Perseus.
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