Feminists reinterpreted Medusa as a woman who used her anger to avenge herself on the male gaze. Perseus could not look at Medusa or he would be turned to stone. Perseus later fought Dionysus and used the head against the god’s retinue of satyrs. In this work, Ovid describes Medusa as originally being a beautiful maiden. Medusa is remembered, more than anything else, for a face that was so hideous that one look at it would literally turn men to stone. In those days, there were relatively few caucasians in relation to the melanated masses and genetic survival was a major point of focus for early European societies. , Municipal coat of arms of Dohalice village, Hradec Králové District, Czech Republic, Probably the feminine present participle of, (Pythian Ode 12). If you were a Caucasian from a Greek civilization trying to create a story, or mythology that is to be used by future generations with genetic survival amongst the melanated masses as a primary objective, what would you say? Combining two traditionally popular images, that of a beautiful woman’s face and that of coiling snakes, she is chosen to represent both her modern power and her ancient demonism. Despite her family connection to monsters, she fit the mould of many beautiful young human women in mythology. I have been in love with all things related to Mythology. Using the winged sandals, he was able to speed out of the cavern and avoid the angry monsters. Medusa and her sisters, the Gorgons, were the children of the primordial gods Phorcys and Keto. I’ve always had my suspicions about the story of Medusa being of African origin or about African women yet I’ve been unable to find direct references to prove it. The complicated nature of Medusa’s crime and punishment is something our culture still grapples with today. Art in this respect lagged behind poetry." Furthermore, the poisonous vipers of the Sahara, in the Argonautica 4.1515, Ovid's Metamorphoses 4.770 and Lucan's Pharsalia 9.820, were said to have grown from spilt drops of her blood. Medusa in this telling was separated from her monstrous family members and lived a more human life. Although men may have found her name synonymous with monotonousness, in Medusa women could find a reflection of their own fury. Even in the stories that came before descriptions of her beauty, Medusa’s tale was bound to the god Poseidon. Medusa’s last scream in death woke the sleeping Gorgons, and the two sisters chased after the man who had killed her. Medusa’s head was still treated as a frightening object, even when it was shown as being almost entirely human. Passing their eye back and forth, one could be watchful at all times. The story of the monster Medusa’s death at the hands of the great hero Perseus is one of the most widely told myths from the Greek world. She gave her shining shield of bronze, the aegis, for protection. In art, Medusa and her sisters had every terrifying feature the Greeks could imagine. From Medusa-Truth he makes an appeal to Maya-Lie. Rape and seduction are not the same. One example is that of the flag and emblem of Sicily, together with the three legged trinacria. They tried to catch Perseus but to no avail. Athena furthered her connection to Medusa by placing rows of snakes around her robes. They continued to believe this even after the development of the story that told of her punishment by Athena. When Heracles was sent there, all the souls of Hades fled from him. The Hesperides, a sisterhood of nymphs, were guardians of a wondrous garden at the edge of the world. I am the owner and chief researcher at this site. This was in contrast to English liberty, which had been depicted as wise and powerful Athena. The menacing face of the monster became a totem of protection. They also shared a single tooth, taking turns to eat their meals. In the underworld, too, she appeared. Athena … The vision of Medusa as a victim of tyranny continues today. Perseus was the child of Zeus and the human woman Danae. In addition to the serpents on their heads, they had tusks like boars, lolling tongues, and bulging eyes. While she always retains the power to petrify her enemies, now she scratches, poisons, and grapples as well. While the tale of her death at the hands of Perseus is one of the most famous moments in Greek mythology, it was not the end of Medusa’s story. Later stories had them living in Libya, a favorite setting for myths taking place outside of the Greek world and its cultural influence. This was the last mention of Sthenno and Euryale in mythology. Additionally, the famous snakes on her head gave the artists a chance to display their skills with shape and texture. The story of Medusa’s punishment following her rape by Poseidon has a much different meaning in the modern world than it did in Greek times. Now if you can, unpackage the white supremacist perspective of this mythology. This article laid the framework for his significant contribution to a body of criticism surrounding the monster. Looking only at the monster’s reflection in the shining metal of the shield, he could creep forward without danger. Medusa has survived in art as a popular motif in tattoo culture. Perseus allowed them to recreate a male form that fit classical notions of perfection. Medusa’s children were called Chrysaor and Pegasus. When Perseus ran from the surviving Gorgons, he took their sister’s head with him as proof of his deeds. The blood and gore that dripped from her neck were portrayed in graphic detail. Only they knew the location of the Hesperides and their garden. Athena used it to terrify her enemies and even a crude representation of it could strike fear into evil spirits and malicious beings. She frequently appears as a villain in comic foods, video games, and fantasy movies. It had the power to make its wearer invisible. My work has also been published on Buzzfeed and most recently in Time magazine. As early as the 5th century BC there were mentions of Medusa being a beautiful woman in her youth. In sculpture, mosaics, and painting, the Gorgon began to lose her more beastly attributes. She was to maintain her state of chastity and celibacy so that she may stay divine and spiritual. In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," but when she was caught being raped by the "Lord of the Sea" Poseidon in Athena's temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. The story of Medusa was created by Greek society to demonize black women, specifically those involved in traditionally African spiritual practices, with the hopes of discouraging race mixing with the genetically dominant melanated masses and maintain white genetic survival. Phorcys and Keto were also the parents of three other monstrous sisters – the Graeae. At the same time as writers began to show Medusa as a former beauty afflicted by a terrible curse, the face of Medusa underwent a similar transformation in art. It tied the Macedonian kind directly to Greek heritage. The image of the brave hero slaying the hideous beast endures in art, poetry, and song. It is used, for example, in the scientific names of many animals to reference some particularly unsightly species and, of course, some snakes.