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Tartarus the God

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The God Tartarus for kids
Discover the myths surrounding Tartarus, the Primordial Greek god of the dark terrible region of the Underworld, the realm of the dead. The ancient god Tartarus featured in many of the tales and legends from ancient Greek mythology and was the son of Aether and Hemera, the descendents of Chaos, the first god.

He became the consort of his sister Gaia and together they produced some of the most monstrous creatures in ancient Greek mythology including Cerberus, the three headed dog, the terrifying hydra and the ancient Greek sphinx.

Tartarus the God - The Primordial God of the Abyss
Tartarus was also the name of a primordial Greek god. In time, his role was assumed by Hades as the ruler of all regions of the Underworld. Tartarus the primeval god was the son of Aether and Hemera, the descendents of Chaos, Erebus and Nyx who existed at or from the beginning of time and resided within the region of the universe known as the Elemental Chaos. The god Tartarus took his sister Gaia as his consort. The result of this union was Typhon who was known as the "Father of all monsters". Typhon was described as the largest and most ferocious of all monsters. His body was covered in wings, and fire flashed from his eyes, His lower half consisted of gigantic viper coils that could reach the top of his head when stretched out and made a hissing noise.

The Monstrous creatures who were the descendents of Tartarus the God
His consort was Echidna, half woman half snake, who was called the "Mother of All Monsters." The union between Typhon, the descendent of Tartarus, and Echidna produced:

  • Cerberus, the three-headed dog which guarded the gates of the Underworld
  • The Hydra, a monster with many heads. When struck off each head was replaced by two new ones
  • The Chimera, a fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail
  • The Caucasian Eagle, that every day ate the liver of Prometheus
  • The Sphinx who had the body of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman who would slay anyone who could not answer her riddles
  • The Nemean Lion, a gigantic lion with impenetrable skin like armor
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