Friday, May 29, 2015


Nicole Page-Smith, 2015

Monsters are quite often concerned with the primal forces of the psyche. The unconscious takes us to such a deep passageway, that even the monsters themselves would be fearful to tread. Often monsters are all twisted and turning, and writhing, so heavily, in unwelcome places, that we almost need the psychiatrists couch to separate them from Hell. One such monster was the Ancient Greek, Chimera. Described in, The Iliad, by Homer as: "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire." Chimera had monster siblings of Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The Chimera was killed by Bellerophon riding Pegasus, the winged horse who could fly and was born at the slaying of his mother, Medusa, another monster from the deep. These gods, monsters and goddesses are thought to have evolved from Ancient Egyptian deities. Such creatures of legend evolve from a human consciousness of the self and are so thoroughly immersed in human emotions, spirituality, sexuality, ritual and prayer that we need to find another god or figure out the riddle of the Sphinx. The snake of the devil, would find a better home, in Freudian analysis.