Typhon

Greek - An ass-headed or 100-headed monster. The hurricane personified. Offspring of Tartarus and Gaea. Offspring of Typhoeus and Echidna, some say. Father by Echidna of Cerberus, the Chimaera, the Crommyonian. Sow, the Harpies, the Hydra, Ladon, the Nemean Lion, Orthrus and the Sphinx. Typhon was a giant with hands in the form of serpents, serpent legs and huge wings who spewed flaming rocks from his mouth. He so frightened the gods that they concealed themselves, in the form of animals, in Egypt. In a fight with Zeus, Typhon cut out the sinews of the god's limbs, leaving him helpless. He concealed the sinews in the Corycian cave where they were guarded by the dragon Delphyne until Aegipan (or Cadmus or Pan), and Hermes recovered them and made Zeus whole again. The god then chased Typhon to Sicily where he buried him under the weight of Mount Etna. In another story, it was the giant Enceladus who was buried under Mount Etna while Typhon was thrown into Tartarus. In those versions where it is said that there are two separate monsters, one is the terrible son of Tartarus and Gaea, the other is this monster's son and it is this son who fathered all the other monsters. In some accounts, he is equated with Ophion. Occasionally known as Typhon, Set, Set, Ekhi, Ombos, Seth, Sethi, Seti, Sit, Sut, Sutekh, Ekhi, Iahu, Seth(i), Sut, Arab Shayth, Canaanite Baal, Greek Bapho, Mesopotamian Setekh, Setes(h), Sutesh, Suty, Bebon, Nuoni, Typhonian Beast, Tuphoios, Tuphoios, Tuphon, Tuphon, Typhaon, Typhaon, Typho, Typho, Typho(eus), Typho(eus), Egyptian Set, Egyptian Set, Baal, Ramman, Rimmon, Typhoon, Hittite Typhoon, Hittite Typhoon, Typhoeus, Typhoeus or Typhos.

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