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hydra

Description

A huge serpent with nine heads (although in some accounts she may have six, seven, eight or fifty heads). It lived at Lerna, in a pool formed by the Amymone spring.  It is sometimes said that the hydra had the body of a dog.

 

Origin

The Hydra was the daughter of Echidna and Typhon and the half-sister of the Nemean Lion.  

 

Stories

 

Other hydras

 
African Hydra

An African Hydra is a water-monster with seven heads. It keeps the river flowing and people brought offerings to them. One day a woman asked for the Hydra's help, in return for her Jinde Sirinde. Her water jar had been filled with mud.

The Hydra agreed to the deal, cleaning out her jar, and filling it with water for her. When Jinde was old enough, she was sent to the river to collect water but eventually the Hydra came to the shore and took her away to be his wife. Jinde pleaded with him to be allowed to go back.

The Hydra agreed to let her go for one day to see her parents one last time but she went to the house of her lover, who took his sword and killed the Hydra by cutting off all seven heads.  

 

Biblical Hydra

The Beast that appears in the Apocalypse is a many-headed dragon. image

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