Charybdis::

Charybdis was a deadly sea monster in Greek Mythology. She was once a beautiful naiad, and the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. Charybdus looked like a giant sea creature whose face was a huge mouth and whose arms and legs were flippers. She swallowed water three times a day and then burped it back out again, causing enormous whire pools. She was loyal to her father in his on going fight with Zeus in many ways. One day, she decided to ride the huge tides onto the land after Poseidon stirred up a storm, devouring whole villages, destroying fields, and flooding many different forests. She took so much of the once called village into the sea, and won so much land for her father, that Zeus became angry with her and turned her into what we know her for now, a sea monster.


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Scylla And Charybdis


Charybdis was lying on one side of the ocean, and on the other side, lay the equally dangerous Scylla, another sea-monster. The two sides of the ocean are within a decent range of each other, so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis will pass through too close to Scylla, and vice versa. ''Between Scylla and Charybdis'' is a phrase that means being in a state where one is between two dangers and moving away from one will cause you to be in danger of the other. Another way of saying the phrase could be 'Between the rock and the whirlpool'', and may also be the genesis of the phrase ''Between a rock and a hard place.''

Scylla lived in a hill, and usually ate sailors who passed by too closely, trying to avoid Charybdis. Her appearance has varied in different literature; she was described by Homer as having six heads sitting on long necks. She also had twelve feet, while in Ovid's she was described as having the upper body of a nymph.
Odysseus was onced forced to choose which monster to confront while passing through the strait. He decided to pass by Scylla and lose only a few sailors, rather than risk the death of his entire ship into the whirlpool. Jason and the Argonauts were able to navigate through without disruptive collisions due to Hera's assistance, while Aeneases was able to bypass the deadly strait altogether.

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