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The timeless myth of Medusa: the beauty and the betrayal

In the realm of Greek mythology, few figures are as captivating and enigmatic as Medusa, the infamous Gorgon with snakes for hair. Her tale is one of beauty turned to horror, betrayal, and the triumph of a hero against all odds.

Lets unravel the timeless Greek myth of how the once beautiful Medusa became a scary nightmare.

Medusa was not always the monstrous creature we know her as. In her early days, she was a beautiful mortal woman, graced with long, flowing locks. She was so beautiful that she captivated the hearts of both men and even the gods with her ethereal beauty.

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As one of Athena’s devoted worshippers, she pledged to remain chaste until death and she held true to this vow, despite being relentlessly pursued by countless admirers.

Many men tried to win her heart, but her devotion was to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Although Athena saw what was happening with the very beautiful female worshipper in her temple, she chose to remain silent.

Her fate took a dark turn when she caught the attention of Poseidon, the ruler of the seas in Athena’s sacred temple.

On that fateful day, as Medusa visited Athena’s temple per usual, Poseidon approached her and tried to woo her, but Medusa rejected his approach. Driven by his wounded pride, he resorted to an act of violence

Confused, desperate and frightened, she cried out for help, calling upon the very goddess she had faithfully served for years. Yet, Athena ignored her, leaving her at the mercy of Poseidon. Being just a helpless human, she stood no chance over a god. She was raped, and her dignity stolen from her.

The timeless myth of Medusa

Enraged at the desecration of her temple and perhaps even a tinge of envy for Medusa’s ethereal beauty, Athena placed a cruel curse upon her. She declared that no man would ever gaze upon Medusa’s once beautiful face again because she broke her vow of celibacy. She punished her by transforming her into a hideous Gorgon, a creature with snakes for hair and a gaze that turned onlookers to stone.