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Mythic Monday ~ Chiron the Centaur

 

Centaurs have always fascinated me. They live the best of two worlds, that of a horse and a human. Similar to satyrs, they are infamous for being boisterous, wild and lusty, and spending much of their time getting intoxicated.

Chiron was the exception to this stereotypical behavior. He was ‘sired’ by the god and 1st generation Titan, Kronos and Philyra. (Gods tended to take whatever shape they wish, and this time he chose a horse.) The resulting child was the centaur Chiron. Philyra was so horrified by her child she abandoned him.

Through all that hardship, Chiron still became a leader, teacher, and master of the healing arts.

In my stories, I thought about changelings and chimeras as jumping off points for several characters. Chiron kept calling out to me!  I wanted to create half human, half animal shapeshifters. One of the families in my story world has a family legend that they are descended from dragons. I love the concept :)

Do you think it is plausible for me to utilize accepted world mythology and bend it to my world and story? Or is that going too far?

If you could be half animal what would it be?

Chiron and Achilles in a fresco from Herculane...
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Maryellen

I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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5 Responses to Mythic Monday ~ Chiron the Centaur

  • If I could be half animal, I’d choose to be half bird. Flying would be awesome.

  • I want to be a bird, too, always have, but if we are creating I would love to have the healing powers of the unicorn!

  • Sarah L Fox says:

    Not sure exactly but either something with wings so I could fly or an aquatic creature so I could swim beneath the ocean. :)

  • I’d rather be a shapechanger, than a half and half. (If I was half tiger or cat, say, would I end up cleaning my orifices with a human tongue? Yuck!)

    If I remember correctly, there’s an interesting take on Chiron in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Firebrand. I’ve always found him a fascinating character, too.

  • Ginger says:

    I think blending accepted work mythology
    and “bend it” to put in your stories, creates what we need now–a new mythology, create in and for 2012.
    I want to be Chiron and walk in both worlds of animal and human.

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