A carved monumental marble statue fragment comprising a muscular right hand resting on a textured base, grasping a scaly serpent with mouth open and fangs exposed, fleshy leaves below; possibly illustrating the legend of Laocoön battling with the serpents sent by the gods to destroy him and his sons.
Laocoön was the son of Acoetes in Greek (and later, Roman) mythology. He was a Trojan priest who was attacked, with his two sons, by giant serpents sent by the gods as punishment for attempting to reveal the Greek deception of the Trojan Horse; his story was the focus of a lost play by Sophocles. His story is now best known from the Roman writer, Virgil, in whose work the Aeneid appears Laocoön’s much-quoted line Equō nē crēdite, Teucrī / Quidquid id est, timeō Danaōs et dōna ferentēs “Do not trust the Horse, Trojans / Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts.” Another possible interpretation is that the hand and snake come from a scene similar to the one depicting three satyrs fighting a serpent that was originally in the Medici Collection in Florence. In the Laocoön scene the snake heads are seen to be rearing, whereas in the Medici group the head is held down and subdued, as in this piece.
Tlaltecuhtli has both feminine and masculine attributes, although she is most often represented as a female deity. Her name means “The one who gives and devours life”, and she represents the earth and the sky, and was one of the gods in the Aztec pantheon most hungry for human sacrifice.
According to Aztec mythology, at the origin of time (the “First Sun”), the gods Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca began to create the world. But the monster Tlaltecuhtli destroyed everything they were creating. The gods turned themselves into giant serpents and wrapped their bodies around the goddess until they tore Tlaltecuhtli’s body into two pieces.
One piece of Tlaltecuhtli’s body became the earth, mountains and rivers; her hair became trees and flowers; her eyes the caves and wells. The other piece became the vault of the sky, although in this early time no sun or stars were embedded in it yet.
Image Credit - Earth Goddess Tlaltecuhtli by jaggudada
On July 13, 1855, five men and two boys were out fishing on Silver Lake. According to the Wyoming Times,
“the serpent, for now there was no mistaking its character, darted from the water about four feet from the stern of the boat, close by the rudder-paddle, the head and forward part of the monster rising above the surface of the water…. All in the boat had a fair view of the creature, and concur in representing it as a most horrid and repulsive looking monster.”
Sightings of the Silver Lake Serpent soon became widespread, with reports coming in more often. It was said that people came far and wide “
on foot, by carriage, on horseback, and in fact, by any means of locomotion in their power, to see if even a glimpse of the monster could be obtained.”
However, in 1857, a fire broke out at the Walker Hotel, and a shocking revelation was made. A giant green serpent made of canvas and wire was found in the basement of the hotel.
Walker hand crafted the serpent in order to gain business at his hotel. The body of this creation was green with yellow spots and the mouth and eyes were colored red.
The rig of this hoax was quite complex. A trench was dug and the ‘creature’ was laid under the water. Attached to the trench was a pipe that connected to bellows in a blacksmith’s shop. When air was forced through the pipe, the canvas monster would raise to the surface and ropes controlled its movements. Different weights were attacked to different parts of the monster to allow it to sink. Mr. Walker definitely succeeded in creating a convincing monster.
The Magic Serpent (or “The Mystic Dragons’ Decisive Battle”) was based on “The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya.” The same story provided some inspiration for the tokusatsu television series Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiyaas well as the popular manga and anime Naruto.
The monsters depicted in the movie were not traditional daikaiju. The Giant Eagle, the Giant Toad, and Giant Dragon were all originally humans that used shapeshifting ninja magic. The Giant Spider was summoned from a hairpin via magic.
In the English dub, all of the creatures’ generic roars were replaced with kaiju sounds from Toho’s Godzilla franchise: Rodan (Giant Toad), Godzilla/Gaira (Giant Dragon), Mothra (Giant Eagle), and Ebirah (Giant Spider). The creatures were capable of human speech, too, but the dub removed this aspect.
You and Edmund entered the king’s cabin one right after the other. Despite having just defeated a giant sea serpent and rescued several boatloads of missing people, neither of you seemed all that happy. The euphoria you had felt only moments before had already started to wear off. Being this close to the edge of the world, to Aslan’s Country, brought a sense of finality to your quest.
The room was silent as you both started to remove your armor. There would be no need for it where you were going. Once the people in the boats had been brought aboard, a small group would set out further east to see what they could find. You would be part of that group…and so would Edmund.
“Any idea what we’ll find out there,” you asked, hoping to break some of the tension.
Edmund shrugged. "No idea,“ he replied, "If it really is Aslan’s Country, it could be anything.”
Another moment of silence. Edmund finished removing the last of his armor and draped it over one of the chairs. No doubt one of the ship’s crew would come along to collect it later. Meanwhile, your thoughts continued to drift toward what might be just over that horizon.
“Why do I get the feeling this is the end,” you wondered mostly to yourself. The two of you made eye contact and, although you couldn’t be certain, something about the expression on his face told you he was wondering the same thing.
Suddenly, Edmund closed the short distance between you both. You felt his lips against yours. It lasted only the briefest of moments before you parted again. Your brain was abuzze with confusion, trying desperately to process what had just happened. Edmund’s gaze dropped to the floor and you noticed he cheeks were flushed. "(Y/N),“ he breathed, sounding almost as surprised as you felt, "I…I…”
Ancient Greek: Λαοκόων - the son of Acoetes, is a figure in Greek and Roman mythology and the Epic Cycle. He was a Trojan priest who was attacked, with his two sons, by giant serpents sent by the gods. Though not mentioned by Homer, the story of Laocoön had been the subject of a tragedy, now lost, by Sophocles and was mentioned by other Greek writers, though the events around the attack by the serpents vary considerably. The most famous account of these is now in Virgil’s Aeneid where Laocoön was a priest of Poseidon (or Neptune for the Romans), who was killed with both his sons after attempting to expose the ruse of theTrojan Horse by striking it with a spear.
A giant sea serpent/dragon that helps out a local fishing village with fishing.
Aww, that’d be cute!
I can picture a huge sea dragon that swims around the fishing harbour, where fishermen line up in their boats with big nets waiting….
Then the sea dragon splashes their tail far into the air and sends fish flying up, splashing into nets and onto boat decks for the fishermen!