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(Greek Creature) CERBERUS

Also known as KERBEROS, DEMON OF THE PIT, HOUND OF HADES

The three headed canine guardian of the gate to Hades.

Cerberus is the son of Echidna and Typhon who guarded the gate to the underworld ensureing the spirits of the dead that entered could never leave and that no living person could pass. Bearing in mind these were his only duties his reputation as an easily tricked dumbass preceeds him...

Orpheus used his musical skills to sing sopppy songs about young pups out hunting in the glen which had him in tears, Hermes used water from the river Lethe to put him into a deep sleep, he fell for the same trick not once but twice as Sybil of Cumae AND Psyche both drugged him with spiked honeycakes and he was passed by Virgil and Dante as they chucked an arm and played 'fetch doggie'.

Add to this the fact that he was thrown a good old fashioned whupping by Heracles as his final labour and if it was upto me i'd be looking for a new guardian of the gate!

Among his siblings are Chimera and Hydra, and all manner of poisonous plants are born from his dribbles which land on earth.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Echidna and Typhon
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Don't know, sorry
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'CERBERUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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