Archives: Flash Cards
Enki (Ea, Enkig, Nudimmud, Ninsiku, Nissiku) is the Sumerian god of water, knowledge, crafts, and creation, and one of the Anunnaki. He was originally the patron god of the city of Eridu. Enki was the son of Anu, the sky god and Apsu, the primordial father.
Lyssa was the spirit of mad rage, frenzy, and rabies in animals. She was closely related to the Maniae, the spirits of madness and insanity. Her Roman equivalent was variously named Ira, Furor, or Rabies. Sometimes she was multiplied into a host of Irae and Furores.
The Lernaean Hydra or Hydra of Lerna is a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology. Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid. The Hydra was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. It possessed many heads.
The basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be a serpent king, who can cause death with a single glance. This animal is born from an egg laid by an old cock. After birth, it has all the features of an adult: legs, beak, cockscomb, and reptilian body.
The kraken is a legendary cephalopod-like sea monster of gigantic size in Scandinavian folklore. The kraken dwells off the coasts of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes nearby sailors.
Papatūānuku is the earth mother in Māori mythology appearing in a creation myth explaining the origin of the world.
A mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation. She was syncretized with the Roman goddess Venus. Aphrodite’s major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans.