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Jump to navigation. Illustration by Jacqui Oakley. Last spring, I had a minimalist portrait of Medusa tattooed on my forearm.
Posted in anthropologyCulturefeminismfolklorefolkloric motifsmedusamythologysymbolismand Truth. The real story of Medusa may not be what you think it is. But he fails to discuss one of the most fundamental aspects of her story.
Medusa by Carravagio, Via Wikimedia Commons. Hanging on the esteemed walls of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, there is a painting by Caravaggio depicting a feminine creature with slithering locks.
This is Role Monsters, a series on monstrous female archetypes by Jess Zimmerman. Myth and folklore teem with frightening women: man-seducers and baby-stealers, menacing witches and avenging spirits, rapacious bird-women and all-devouring forces of nature. But what if we embraced our inner monsters?
M edusa, one of the three Gorgons, daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. She was the only one of the Gorgons who was subject to mortality. She is celebrated for her personal charms and the beauty of her locks.
Read the other essays here. Born in Algeria inCixous was the daughter of a Jewish French colonialist father and Austro-German mother, with German as her first language. Like many before her, especially the French Surrealists, Cixous drew on Marx and Freud, being interested in political and libidinal challenges to traditional structures of power.
Medusa, one of three sisters in Greek mythology known as the Gorgons, had a destructive effect upon humans. In many myths, she appeared as a horribly ugly woman with hair made of snakes, although occasionally she was described as being beautiful. Although the two other Gorgons were immortal, Medusa was not. One of the best-known legends about her tells of how the Greek hero Perseus killed her.
Ancient coins, at their best, inspire awe. You gaze in wonderment at the artistry, history, and mythology. If you believe the mythology, staring at one genre of coinage will go beyond this by turning you into stone.