Three Headed Creatures

This hub collects all the examples I can located of three-headed creatures in mythology and fiction. If you know of any others please drop me a comment.

Chimera

  • Chimera is a monster from Greek myth that has three heads, a lion, a goat and a snake.

Demons

Bael: The demon Bael is said to have three heads: a human, toad and cat.

Dogs

  • Cerberus: In ancient Greek myth Cerberus guarded the gates if Hades.

Dragons

  • Mercurius: Dragons are sometimes portrayed as three-headed. For example the 1600 German illustration shown right is Mercurius. In alchemy the Mercurius is literally mercury/quicksilver and symbolically a creative spirit often shown as a dragon. The heads here represent Mercury, the moon and the sun.


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Elephant

  • Airavata is a three-headed white elephant said to carry the Indian God Indra. Ganesh is also sometimes depicted with three heads.

Snakes

  • Naga: A Naga is a God or other powerful entity that takes the form of a snake. The Naga sometimes has multiple heads, including three-headed forms.
  • In the Iliad, King Agamemnon carried the image of the three headed-snake on his shield.

In Fiction:

  • Ghidorah, a dragon with three heads, is one of the monsters that fights Godzilla.

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theliz 4 years ago from Maryland

I wish there was more here! Fascinating topic, perhaps a rewrite to include sources and stories about the creatures/deities?


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EsmeSanBona 3 years ago from Macon

I liked this article and voted up despite my personal freakishness regarding animals with multiple heads. :-)

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