Mythology Meme - [3/4] Myths;
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the Book of Revelation. The chapter tells of a book or scroll in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God opens the first four seals, summoning four riders each astride white, red, black, and pale horses. The riders are commonly interpreted as symbolising conquest, war, famine, and death, although in popular culture conquest is often substituted for pestilence. In Christian faith it is believed that the Four Horsemen are set to bring a divine apocalypse upon the world, as harbingers of the Last Judgement.
Mythology Meme - [2/4] Myths;
Pandora was the first woman on Earth, created by Hephaestus and Athena at the will of Zeus. When Prometheus stole fire from the gods, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora with a beautiful jar, instructing her not to open it under any circumstances. Compelled by her curiosity (also a gift from the gods), Pandora opened the jar, releasing all the evils held within into the world. She quickly shut the jar again, but only one thing was left inside - hope.
Mythology Meme - [5/8] Legendary Creatures;
Harpies are winged creatures with the faces of women. They steal food from their victims whilst they are eating, and are said to carry evildoers to the Erinyes - especially those that have harmed their family. Seen in both Greek and Roman mythology, harpies are described in early works as beautiful winged women, although in later writings they are depicted as ugly and old, and with the bodies of birds.
Icarus was the son of Daedalus. He and his father were imprisoned by King Minos of Crete, but Daedalus created two pairs of wings out of feathers, wooden frames, and wax, in order for them to escape. Icarus’ father warned him not to fly too close to the sun, or the wax would melt, but Icarus was so overcome with excitement that he forgot his father’s warning. The wax melted, the feathers came loose, and Icarus plummeted to his death.
Mythology Meme - [4/8] Legendary Creatures;
In Greek mythology, Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck. Although they lured mariners, Greek mythology suggests that a siren’s place of residence is a “meadow starred with flowers” - it is only in Roman mythology that sirens are linked more closely to the sea.
Mythology Meme - [3/8] Legendary Creatures;
The banshee (“woman of the barrows”) is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who wails when someone is about to die, and there are Irish families who are believed to have banshees attached to them, and whose cries herald the death of a family member. In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she can be seen washing bloodstained clothes or armour of those who are about to die, and similar creatures can be found in Welsh, Norse, and American folklore.