Echidna

Woman and snake at the same time, Echidna (gr. Εχιδνα; lat. Echidna) was born Tartarus and Gaia according to Apollodorus, or according to Hesiod, by Chrysaor and Callirhoe or after Pausanias by Phorcys and Ceto.

Echnida

She lived in a cave in Cilicia in the Peloponnese with Typhoon.

In the Pont-Euxin region, Herodotus tells us that Heracles put his horses to pasture during the night and that in the morning he did not find them.

Echinda mythology

In the Pont-Euxin region, Herodotus tells us that Heracles put his horses to pasture during the night and that in the morning he did not find them.

He then discovered Echidna in his cave who promised to return his horses to him on condition that he would have a child.
Obviously, Heracles cared a great deal about his horses since he did so and Echidna had three sons who would give their names to three powerful nations. The hero left a bow for Echidna and recommended that he pass it on to one of his sons who would be able to stretch it. Scythes were the only one who could do it.
– Agathyrsos, the eldest, gave his name to the Agathyrses, the people of the Carpathians.
– Gelonos gave its name to the city of Gelonos and to the people of Gelons.
– the youngest, Scythians, gave his name to the Scythians.

Echnida B. VALLEJO 1991

But above all, it was considered to have given birth with Typhon and Orthros to fabulous creatures of Greek mythology like Chimera or Sphinx without us not knowing very well who the progenitors are.
For example, for the Sphinx, Hesiod gives Orthros and Chimera, Apollodore, Homer and Hygin quote Typhon and Echidna and a Euripides scholiast gives Typhon and Chimera.

Among this dangerous offspring are: the multiheaded dog Orthros, the hundred-headed dragon that kept apples in the Hesperides garden, the dragon of Colchis, Sphinx, Cerberus, Scylla, Gorgon, the Hydra of Lerna, the eagle (or vulture) of the Caucasus that ate the liver of Prometheus, and the lion of Nemea.

Evil because of her offspring and sometimes even devouring unfortunate travelers, she was killed by Argos with a hundred eyes, who had surprised her in her sleep.

Descendency of Echidna

Echidna is the mother of many monsters of Greek mythology, most often generated with Typhon: Cerberus, the evil winds, the Crommyon’s bay, the Teumesse’s fox, the Thebes’ Sphinx (and not Egypt’s), the Lerna’s Hydra, the Chimera, Ladon, Orthos, the Nemea’s lion, the Colchisian dragon and the Caucasian eagle.

 

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