D is for Dracaenae

Taken from here
Dracaena means 'she-dragon', and it is a creature with the upper body of a beautiful nymph and the lower body of a dragon, serpent or sea-monster. The most famous examples of Dracaena are Echidna and Ceto who, between them, spawned most of the monsters of Greek mythology. 
Ceto was a marine goddess with the lower body of a sea dragon. She spawned Echidna and many other sea monsters, while Echidna went on to spawn many monsters including Cerberus (the three headed dog who guards the Underworld), Hydra (a nine headed water serpent) and Scylla (a sea monster with many heads, whom I have named my new car after!)

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  1. Love this picture. It's speaks volumns about her.
    Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

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  2. I am rather curious as to why you have named your car after a sea monster with many heads, it must be a very cool car.

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  3. Oh!! I have to show this to my son. He would find it very interesting since he LOVES Dragons.

    Thanks so much. I knew I'd be rewarded by coming back here every day!

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    Tim Brannan
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  4. Great picture! Love mythology! All kinds of great stories pop into my head.

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  5. Very interesting. My daughter named her car Rhonda. Sort of plain and boring compared to yours. :)

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  6. Wow. I am so uninformed about mythology.

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  7. I wonder what you would get if you crossed one of these with a gorgon? Weeping Angels, perhaps?

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  8. I love that picture. It makes me want to write new stories.

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  9. LOVE the picture. Geez, didn't they know what cause all these births! Like they needed more monsters anyways.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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  10. Interesting! I must have slept through the Sea Monster lecture when I was in school. Do you write fantasy?

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  11. So cool that you named your car after Dracaenae's offspring Laura, I'd never heard of this before.

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  12. Cool--never heard of it. Cerberus is one of my favourite mythical creatures though. Love how JK Rowling spun the myth around with "Fluffy." :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  13. Hi Laura, stopping by on the A-Z Challenge.

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  14. Love this drawing!

    Found you via the A to Z challenge.
    http://www.tonynoland.com

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  15. I was born a dragon - according to the Chinese astrological calendar. Some days I really feel like one!

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  16. Hi Laura
    Enjoying your posts...hope the assignments are going as well. Doing a Masters in creative writing was life changing for me, hope the same is true for you -- are you at Hull? Take care and remember no one is going to mark the comments you make on other people's blogs whereas your assignment... (can you guess I went back to lecture in CW at my old college three years after graduating.)...not nagging but, like socialism, it's all about priorities. Take care but don't knock yourself out....

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  17. I might just start calling myself a Dracaenae before coffee!
    Connie
    Checkin' in from the A to Z Challenge.
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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  18. Hm. I think I've known some dracaenae! Good stuff here.

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  19. When I read this, I remind myself how imperative it is that I study some mythology in my spare time. Love the picture you shared with the explanation.

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  20. Very nice blog and it was a great idea to include the picture. I had never heard those words before so now we're all a bit better informed. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I had heard of Echidna but not Ceto. Glad I stopped by to learn something new :)

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  22. A bit creepy - I've never heard of dracaenae before! Interesting. :)

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  23. So this is the English name of it. I'm only familiar with the Japanese name which I believe is Naga.

    Well, I think they're similar if not the same creature.

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  24. She would make an excellent character in an upcoming paranormal story I'm working on!

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  25. I didn't know each of those was a dracaenae. I've heard of each of them, though.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  26. This makes me think of the French story of the fairy Melusine, who was half snake. Dropping in from the A to Z challenge!

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  27. It's coming back to me now... at some point in the past I knew these beasts. Thanks for the reminder!

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