Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Mythical Creatures

(Greek - Kéntauroi or Kentauros)
"Piercing Bull"

  • Said to inhabit the regions of Magnesia and Mount Pelion in Thessaly, the Foloi oak forest in Elis, and the Malean peninsula in southern Laconia.
  • The Bronze Age is the suggested origins for these creatures
  • Female Centaurs are called Kentaurides
  • In Greek tradition there are two types of Centaur families: The unruly centaurs are more numerous, born of the king Ixion and a cloud that Zeus disguised as his wife Hera. The studious learned and sober families were fatherd by Chiron who was known for his skill in music, hunting, medicine and prophecy.
  • Zeus would often send Centuars to punish humans and gods that offended him.

Centaur In Books

The Parthalon series by P.C Cast - The main character is a female Centaur
Percy Jackson and the Olympions by Rick Riordin - Percys teacher is in fact a Centaur named Chiron who helps Percy out when he discovers hes the offspring of a God.
The Faerie Convention by  Brett Davis - Some of the main characters are Centaurs
Villians by Necessity by Eve Forward - Features a cast of  supernaturals including a good Centaur spy/bard.

1 Comment:

  1. Lisa said...
    I had no idea that there was a different name for female Centaurs. That's so cool. There are also centaurs in the Harry Potter series!

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