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Three Headed Creatures

Updated on July 8, 2017

A list of three-headed creatures in mythology and fiction.

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

  • Azi Dahaka is a three-headed dragon monster from Persian myth slain by the hero Oraetauoa.
  • 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.

References

  1. Parpola, A. (1999). The formation of the Aryan branch of Indo-European. Archaeology and language, III: artefacts, languages and texts, 180-207.

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    • EsmeSanBona profile image

      EsmeSanBona 4 years ago from Macon

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

    • theliz profile image

      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?