Friday, 23 February 2007

(49036) Pelion, teen rebelliousness

(49036) Pelion is a centaur discovered in August of 1998. The orbit is around Uranus. It has a perihelion of 17.3 AU and an aphelion of 22.8 AU. It has an inclination of 9.3º. It has a diameter of about 37 km.

Greeek mythology

Pelion is the mountain in Thessaly where the Centaurs were said to live.

(49036) Pelion looks like a teenager and it is a bit chaotic. Can be rebel against authority, like Frost in the movie "Blade" (1998), and has a strong determination to be independent and autonomous, like Mulan in the Disney movie (1998), but can be imprudent and inexperienced, like Anakin in "Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002). 

"Mulan" (1998)

(49036) Pelion vibrates with young energy and is full of life, like the song "Nas Ne Dogonyat" of Tatu. This centaur brings the freshness of the new generations, like in the movies "Dirty Dancing" (1987), "Mulan" (1998), "Bend It Like Bekham" (2002) and "Whale Rider" (2002).

Saturday, 3 February 2007

Mythology of Typhon and Echidna

Typhon, son of Gaia and Tartarus, is the most deadly monster of Greek mythology. Typhon attempts to destroy Zeus at the will of Gaia, because Zeus had imprisoned the Titans.

When Echidna and her mate attacked the Olympians, Zeus beat them back and punished Typhon by sealing him under Mount Etna. However, Zeus allowed Echidna and her children to live as a challenge to future heroes.

Typhon was known as the Father of all monsters; his wife Echidna was likewise the Mother of all monsters. Echidna was a drakaina, with the face and torso of a beautiful woman and the body of a serpent, sometimes having two serpent's tails. Typhon had an human superior part, but was described as a vast grisly monster with a hundred serpent heads "with dark flickering tongues" flashing fire from their eyes and a din of voices and a hundred serpents legs.

Typhon started destroying cities and hurling mountains in a fit of rage. All of the gods of Olympus fled to their home. Only Zeus stood firm, and the battle raged, ending when Zeus threw Mount Etna on top of Typhon, trapping him.  The titanic struggle created earthquakes and tsunamis.

Once conquered by Zeus' thunderbolts, Typhon was cast into Tartarus or in other volcanic regions, where he is the cause of eruptions. Typhon is thus the chthonic figuration of volcanic forces. Typhon is also the father of hot dangerous storm winds which issue forth from the stormy pit of Tartarus, where he was cast into.

Typhon has identified with Set in Egyptian mythology, god of hot sand storms.