“I was thinking to myself, this could be heaven or this could be hell.” Cerebus guards the gate to the Underworld. “He kept souls from leaving the Underworld once they arrived and prevented humans from venturing in by eating them” (Tracy, Kathleen 236) He was a three headed beast that looked like a three headed dog but worse. He had snakes that grew out of his back and a reptilian tail. He was almost as feared by mortals as Hades (god of the Underworld) was. Cerebus had absolutely no concept of time. What he felt was a minute later could have been a decade later. Cerebus is a hideous, horrifying monster due to his lonely birth, time telling powers, and back stabbing relationships.
Cerebus was one of many deadly creatures born in his family. His parents were Echidna and Typhon. Echidna was half woman, half serpent woman. Her human side was gorgeous but she was really evil and cruel. She was usually avoided by the gods. Typhon was god of the wind. Most gods tried to avoid him too. Cerebus’s parents parented many beasts. “This pair birthed creatures such as the Nemean Lion, the Hydra (dragon with many heads), and the Chimera (part lion, goat, dragon, and a snake as a tail). Of those beasts was the three-headed dog, Cerberus” (Helium 1). Since this couple was always avoided it was meant to be that they would meet. “Though the actual birth was not much of a story, the rest of the creature’s life was worth nothing” (Helium 1).
There are many different powers believed that Cerebus had based on his three heads. His heads have a lot of meaning. It’s based on his past and others past. It is even know to represent the story of life. “He is believed to have the power to look into the past, present and future with his three heads. Another theory propounds that Cerberus' heads represent birth, adulthood and old age” (Buzzle 1). It’s like when someone has kids and they’re watching them grow up but pressing fast forward and knowing what will happen later and...
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