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Mythology in animal names

In mythology and literature, fantastic animals have played a very important role. They are an alternative in narrative technique, which gives it another way of understanding the world and its inhabitants. Just as human beings and traditional animals populate the world, fantastic animals enhance that scenario where Life unfolds and events happen.

In literature or cinema, the mythological universe that exists around fantastic animals never ceases to amaze us. For example, we talk about the harpe, which represents a winged monster with really sharp claws. What is sensational here? That he had a female face and a body quite similar to a chicken.

What other examples exist? Many. Author J. K. Rowling, mother of the Harry Potter book series, also created her own animals. But this time you will meet some of the most traditional animals in mythology of all time and their relationship with those existing in the life of the planet.

Argonauta argo

This animal represents a kind of octopus. It is associated that it lives in the waters of the tropics. This animal first appeared in the work of Greek mythology where a group of heroes goes in search of the Golden Fleece. A very exotic animal, with stunning and very colorful eyes.

Currently it is known that this animal has a dimension of 20 centimeters and is equipped with eight long arms. In addition, the translucent appearance that this animal has gives it greater fantasy and mystery.

Harpia Harpyja

In this case, reference is made to a predatory bird. What gives it the most distinction is its head, where a gray crest enhances its pride and imposition. This is the bird that properly inspired the harpe described above. In Greek mythology it had a great presence, despite the fact that the description made in the odes and poems, coincides with a bird from South America.

This bird is characterized by hunting fish, monkeys and snakes. It has the pseudonym “invisible eagle”, since it is not very common to see it when it comes into action.

Attacus Atlas

In this case there is talk of a butterfly whose size reaches 30 centimeters wide. But attention, its length will also surprise you, since it can hold about 25 centimeters in this aspect. The name of this butterfly translates in Cantonese to “snake head”.

What relationship does this butterfly have with mythology? Given its eccentric beauty, its wings make reference to the huge sphere held by one of the Titans: Atlas. This man had the mission of holding the world behind him.

Every time Atlas was uncomfortable with the weight of the sphere and had to rearrange it to be able to hold it well, the sudden movements triggered earthquakes. The relationship between the name of the animal and mythology is found above all in that this is a butterfly that finds it unlikely to fly, due to the extension of its wings and its own weight.

Dracaena cinnabari

This animal is actually a tree. The tree is called “Dragon’s Blood” and comes from the Socotra archipelago in Yemen. It is a tree that can hold up to 3 meters high. What gives it the name “Dragon’s Blood” is that its resin is usually an intense red color.

In Greek mythology, it refers to the way in which Heracles killed Gerion, a three-headed monster. It is said that from the blood released by this monster, an exotic tree of red fruits grew. Everything seems to indicate that it is this same tree.

Basiliscus plumifron

The mythological description of this animal coincides with that of a lizard from North America. It is estimated that this reptile can move at a speed of up to 12 kilometers per hour. The length of this animal reaches 80 centimeters, while it has an impressive crest on its head and its entire back.

In this way, this animal reaches the appearance of a dragon. The essence of this animal, in Greek mythology, described basilisk, a rooster endowed with four legs, snake tail and wings of a spiny nature.

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