Tuesday, September 6, 2011
So now as I sit here, my mythology nerd brain turned to which god or goddess was in charge of tornadoes? A quick search popped up the harpies. Now most of us know the harpies as just monsters creatures famous for pooping on people from up above and grabbing people in the dead of night (or daytime, the harpies were so hideous that they didn't have to sneak around).
Once they started being referred to as monsters, their descriptions turned hideous. They look like a mixture of birds and women with bears' ears. they tend to hang out on the islands of Strophades (which, by the way, I checked out the tourism site for the Strophades and they don't mention anything about the harpies - go figure - they do, however, mention their wonderful sea bird population - just don't get too close). Oh, and they smell really bad.
Either Aello or Celaeno was the mom of Achilles' horses. The dad was Zephyr and we can only guess if it was when they were goddesses or monsters.
So next time you find yourself sitting in a hallway with several high school students waiting for the tornado warning to be lifted, you can pass the time by telling them all about the creatures that make tornadoes, the wonderful harpies. Students will look up to you for it. They will think you are cool and hip and swell. Trust me.