By Hanna Allen

Echidna, meaning "she-viper", is also known as the Mother of all Monsters. Her and her mate, Typhon or Typhoeus, are the parents of every major monster in Greek Myths.

"The goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin, eating raw flesh beneath the secret parts of the holy earth. And there she has a cave deep down under a hollow rock far from the deathless gods and mortal men. There, then, did the gods appoint her a glorious house to dwell in: and she keeps guard in Arima beneath the earth, grim Echidna, a nymph who dies not nor grows old all her days." (Theogony, 295-305)

There were 8 offspring between Typhon and Echidna, Nemean Lion, Cerberus, Orthrus, Chimera, Sphinx, Lernaean Hydra, Ethon, and Phaea. According to Herodotus, Hercules had three childern with her. They were, Agathyrsus, Gelonus, and Scytha/Scylla.

The name Echidna comes from an Egyptian background.

Books & Movies Echidna:
Argosy, "The Snake Woman," illustrated by John R. Neill
Hercules: A Legendary Journey
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure, Echidna appears as a titan who was formerly Cleopatra.
Shin Megami Tensei
Lightning Thief

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