The Chimera ( / k ɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / or / k aɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / , also Chimaera ( Chimæra ); Greek : Χίμαιρα , Chímaira "she-goat") was, according to Greek mythology , a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor , composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion , with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake 's head, [1] and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra .

The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.

While there are different genealogies , in one version the Chimera mated with her brother Orthrus and was the mother of the Sphinx and the Nemean lion (others have Orthrus and their mother, Echidna, mating; most attribute all to Typhon and Echidna).

The Chimera ( / k ɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / or / k aɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / , also Chimaera ( Chimæra ); Greek : Χίμαιρα , Chímaira "she-goat") was, according to Greek mythology , a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor , composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion , with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake 's head, [1] and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra .

The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.

While there are different genealogies , in one version the Chimera mated with her brother Orthrus and was the mother of the Sphinx and the Nemean lion (others have Orthrus and their mother, Echidna, mating; most attribute all to Typhon and Echidna).

There are various intriguing characters in the Greek mythology. One such ferocious character with its first mention dating back to 750 BC was Chimera .

Bellerophon knew that if he had to defeat Chimera, he would have to rely on clever thinking rather than brute force. Even flying miles above Chimera, he could feel the burning flames. Suddenly, he came up with a clever idea. He gathered a large block of lead and managed to lodge it down Chimera's throat. The block of lead immediately melted and blocked the air passage of Chimera. Chimera struggled for some time before finally giving into the claws of death. Bellerophon was victorious.

Bellerophon slayed several monsters after this courageous victory but the Greek mythology glorifies him for this particular show of valor. Inspired by the myth surrounding Bellerophon, the British Airborne Group in the World War II employed him riding Pegasus as their emblem.

While serpents and snakes may terrify many people, the scaly, slithering creatures have been used to symbolize both positive and negative elements by ancient cultures.

The word serpent comes from the Latin serpens , meaning a creeping thing or snake. The symbol is one of the oldest and most commonly used across a myriad of ancient cultures to symbolize wisdom, death, resurrection, fertility and procreation.

In African mythology, an ancient god created the sun, moon and thereafter the earth, which he fashioned from a lump of clay. The god also created a set of twins, the primitive beings, called Nummo . The twins were half human and half snake, according to the ethnic group of Mali and Upper Volta called the Dogon . The ancestral spirits were immortal, said to have originated from another planet and graciously combined their DNA with animals on Earth.

The Shuowen jiezi (1st or 2nd century ce ; “An Explication of Written Characters”) describes the bird as having the breast of a goose , the hindquarters of a stag, the neck of a snake , the tail of a fish , the forehead of a fowl, the down of a duck, the marks of a dragon , the back of a tortoise , the face of a swallow , and the beak of a cock. It is reportedly about 9 feet (2.7 metres) tall. Its tail is red, blue, yellow, white, and black—the five sacred colours. In systematized mythology, it is considered female and is paired with the dragon (male); together the two creatures symbolize marital harmony.

Qilin , in Chinese mythology, the unicorn whose rare appearance often coincides with the imminent birth or death of a sage or illustrious ruler. (The name is a combination of the two characters qi “male,” and lin , “female.”) A qilin has a single horn on its forehead, a yellow

Yinyang , in Eastern thought, the two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life. Yin is a symbol of earth, femaleness, darkness, passivity, and absorption. It is present in even numbers, in valleys and streams, and is represented by the tiger, the

The Chimera ( / k ɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / or / k aɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / , also Chimaera ( Chimæra ); Greek : Χίμαιρα , Chímaira "she-goat") was, according to Greek mythology , a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor , composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion , with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake 's head, [1] and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra .

The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.

While there are different genealogies , in one version the Chimera mated with her brother Orthrus and was the mother of the Sphinx and the Nemean lion (others have Orthrus and their mother, Echidna, mating; most attribute all to Typhon and Echidna).

There are various intriguing characters in the Greek mythology. One such ferocious character with its first mention dating back to 750 BC was Chimera .

Bellerophon knew that if he had to defeat Chimera, he would have to rely on clever thinking rather than brute force. Even flying miles above Chimera, he could feel the burning flames. Suddenly, he came up with a clever idea. He gathered a large block of lead and managed to lodge it down Chimera's throat. The block of lead immediately melted and blocked the air passage of Chimera. Chimera struggled for some time before finally giving into the claws of death. Bellerophon was victorious.

Bellerophon slayed several monsters after this courageous victory but the Greek mythology glorifies him for this particular show of valor. Inspired by the myth surrounding Bellerophon, the British Airborne Group in the World War II employed him riding Pegasus as their emblem.

While serpents and snakes may terrify many people, the scaly, slithering creatures have been used to symbolize both positive and negative elements by ancient cultures.

The word serpent comes from the Latin serpens , meaning a creeping thing or snake. The symbol is one of the oldest and most commonly used across a myriad of ancient cultures to symbolize wisdom, death, resurrection, fertility and procreation.

In African mythology, an ancient god created the sun, moon and thereafter the earth, which he fashioned from a lump of clay. The god also created a set of twins, the primitive beings, called Nummo . The twins were half human and half snake, according to the ethnic group of Mali and Upper Volta called the Dogon . The ancestral spirits were immortal, said to have originated from another planet and graciously combined their DNA with animals on Earth.

The Chimera ( / k ɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / or / k aɪ ˈ m ɪər ə / , also Chimaera ( Chimæra ); Greek : Χίμαιρα , Chímaira "she-goat") was, according to Greek mythology , a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor , composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion , with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake 's head, [1] and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra .

The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.

While there are different genealogies , in one version the Chimera mated with her brother Orthrus and was the mother of the Sphinx and the Nemean lion (others have Orthrus and their mother, Echidna, mating; most attribute all to Typhon and Echidna).

There are various intriguing characters in the Greek mythology. One such ferocious character with its first mention dating back to 750 BC was Chimera .

Bellerophon knew that if he had to defeat Chimera, he would have to rely on clever thinking rather than brute force. Even flying miles above Chimera, he could feel the burning flames. Suddenly, he came up with a clever idea. He gathered a large block of lead and managed to lodge it down Chimera's throat. The block of lead immediately melted and blocked the air passage of Chimera. Chimera struggled for some time before finally giving into the claws of death. Bellerophon was victorious.

Bellerophon slayed several monsters after this courageous victory but the Greek mythology glorifies him for this particular show of valor. Inspired by the myth surrounding Bellerophon, the British Airborne Group in the World War II employed him riding Pegasus as their emblem.

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