Scylla

Also known as Skylla.

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  • Greek Greek (culture)
  • Aquatic Aquatic (attribute)
  • Reptilian Reptilian (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)

From Greek belief she is shown as the upper-half of a woman with the head of six dogs below, a single body and twelve dog legs. She was once a water Nymph who died and her father Phorycy tried to resurrect her with fire and ashes. Scylla was restored but she had a monstrous form and was cast into the caves of Italy in the Straits of Messina. Another story tells how she was once a beautiful woman in love with Glaucus but a Sorceress called Circe caused her to take her monstrous shape. Scylla was eventually killed by Hercules. In medieval bestiaries the Scylla is shown to have the head of a woman on the body of a wolf with the bottom-half of a dolphin.

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