Mythological Creatures: Chimera

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The Chimera (Chimaera or Chimaira) is a hybrid creature that can be found in Greek mythology along with other mythologies of the world. The chimera is a complicated beast, sometimes depicted as having the body of a lion, with the head of a goat attached to its body, and a tail that takes the form of a serpent. In some cases, the tail is that of a dragon rather than a snake...

In some instances, not many, it is suggested that the Chimera had wings so that it could fly, challenging the majestic nature of the griffin - however, this ideas is widely disputed. The Chimera is said to be the offspring of Typhon, the youngest son of the Titan goddess Gaia and the Titan god Tartarus; he was also known as the father of all monsters, and Echidna, a half woman, half snake creature that was said to be the mother of all monsters. The Chimera is known to be the sibling of another monster, Cerberus, the guardian beast and monster of the underworld. Along with the Lernaean Hydra and the Sphinx, other monsters who are born of the union between Typhon and Echidna. The Chimera is usually viewed as a female monster. Seeing a Chimera was viewed as a bad omen to a variety of communities. Examples of what happened after such viewings included shipwrecks, storms that could not be tamed and even eruptions of volcanoes. One of the most dangerous features of this creature was the Chimera’s ability to breathe fire. This beast was known for destroying many lands, although it was known best for wreaking havoc on the lands of Lycia. The creature was eventually killed by the hero Bellerophon whose task it was to kill the beast for King Iobates of Lycia. Bellerophon flew into battle upon Pegasus, knowing he'd have the advantage against the Chimera (as it cannot fly), and killed it - saving Lycia.