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?