Friday, April 13, 2018

A-Z Challenge: L is for Leviathan

Today's letter for the AtoZ Challenge is the letter L. The creature I've chosen for my Under the Sea Myths & Legends is "a primordial sea serpent" known as...

Leviathan


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The sea monster is fierce with ties to the Old Testament. It's said that this multi-headed sea monster was said to have been killed by God himself. He is a pretty bad ass beast. If I had to put him against the Hydra, I'm not sure who'd win. I think probably this creature because of his biblical references. Right? Who knows.

The Leviathan is also known as the dragon of the sea.  This Jewish mythology mentioned that there were two created originally and they were so powerful they threatened to rule to world. One was a male, the other a female. To protect humans from such terror, God destroyed the female and spayed the male. There's more to that myth, including the beast's slain hyde was used to clothe Adam and Eve. Weird, huh? You betcha!


Modern Day Leviathan 

For those who love science fiction and in my opinion cheese movies, you'll be glad to know that there was a movie Leviathan released in 1989 perpetuated the myth of the ancient sea creature. According to IMDB, the movie description states, "An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret." Here's the trailer if you're interested.



Is this myth real? Probably not, but the fact that they are referenced in the bible is pretty impressive.


2 comments:

Karen O'Connor said...

They are an interesting mythical creature. I love the show Supernatural and one of their seasons had Leviathans as the big bad. Weekends In Maine

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dragon on the Sea is an awesome song by Ayreon and the inspiration for my book Dragon of the Stars. Just something about a sea dragon.