In Greek Myth, there were 3 monstrous female creatures in which the most famous was Medusa. Most ancient painting depict her and her sisters as winged women with broad round heads,large staring eyes ,and living snakes as hair.
Medusa was originally a very beautiful woman, she had many suitors as well as the attention of Poseidon, the god of the sea. One day the duo did ''stuff'' in the temple of Athena , the virgin goddess. Angered, Athena transformed Medusa's hair to snakes, then placed and image of Medusa's face on her shield to strike fear into her enemies.
Some scholars think that rather than being a monster ,Medusa is the representation of female power and wisdom. Her unblinking eyes symbolize the ability to penetrate illusions. Her hair is a reminder of the cycle of life.
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