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 is a monster from Greek myth that has three heads, a lion, a goat and a snake.
Bael: The demon Bael is said to have three heads: a human, toad and cat.
- Cerberus: In ancient Greek myth Cerberus guarded the gates if Hades.
- 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.
- Airavata is a three-headed white elephant said to carry the Indian God Indra. Ganesh is also sometimes depicted with three heads.
- 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.
- Ghidorah, a dragon with three heads, is one of the monsters that fights Godzilla.