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|Swap categories:||Artist Trading Card (ATC) Handmade Themed|
|Number of people in swap:||29|
|Type:||Type 3: Package or craft|
|Last day to signup/drop:||June 17, 2022|
|Date items must be sent by:||July 2, 2022|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
Are you a fan of folklore? Would you like to create (and receive) ATCs of creatures from folklore from around the world? Then welcome to the Folklore ATC series!
ATC #8 features Medusa! Medusa is probably the most widely requested creature I've encountered, though I debated including her because myths are a little specific compared to folk tales. Well, debate no more -- Medusa has arrived!
Medusa (AKA Gorgo) is one of three Gorgon sisters in Greek mythology, and the only one who is mortal. Typically, she is depicted as a woman with snakes for hair, whose eyes turned anyone who dared gaze into them into stone. Variations on the myth vary, though, and whether she was beautiful or hideous is anyone's guess. In some versions, she starts as a monster. In others, she is punished by Athena for having sex with (being raped by) Poseidon in her temple, which is how her hair becomes serpentine. She is then beheaded by Perseus, a man on a mission with tools like the mirrored stone-turning gaze aversion shield, who kills her in a plot to free his mother. When she is beheaded, she births Pegasus and... a giant with a sword? Sometimes I get really tired of doing these writeups. But her head is then used as a weapon, as it retains stone-turning powers.
The image of Medusa's head has been used as a talisman and as an apotropaic -- basically, a tool to ward away evil. But in modern times, Medusa often means more. She is seen as a powerful feminist symbol, an embodiment of feminine rage -- and in some readings of her story, a mortal victim who is punished for the sins of a god, or a woman who is punished for being powerful and having desire. There is as much that can be read into her story as time in the day. Perhaps that is why she is so enduring.
You may depict Medusa as a living creature or as just her head, alone or with other characters of Greek mythology. Just remember the snakes.
Don't be shy to ask me anything you're unsure about. Also, feel free to leave suggestions for future subjects for the series in the comments.
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