Polycephaly is the condition of having more than one head. the term is derived from the greek stems poly (greek: "πολύ") meaning "many" and kephalē (greek: "κεφάλη") meaning "head." * 3 images. 3 heads on the beast.
cerberus: legendary hell hound of the underworld:
in ancient greek mythology, there exists a three headed wolf called cerberus that guards the entrance to hades, a misty and gloomy underworld in which spirits of the dead are permitted to enter but none are allowed to leave. in the ancient world, wolves were often depicted as wild animals that defied domestication, roamed the streets in packs and scavenged on the edge of town.the mythical cerberus incorporated not only the feared qualities of the ancient canine, but was a strange mixture of several creatures in one and a nightmarish sight to behold.
the name cerberus comes from the greek "kerberos" meaning “spotted.” to the greeks, cerberus was a monstrous three-headed wolf, or "hellhound" with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws. his three heads were thought to represent the past, the present, and the future. it was said that cerberus had razor sharp teeth and a poisonous bite.the poison that drips onto the ground sprung up as a plant that is known as the wolf’s bane.
chained to the entrance gates of acheron, another river of the underworld, cerberus fawned on the dead or new spirits as they entered, but would savagely eat anyone trying to pass back through the gates and return to the land of the living *cerberus is one of the few monsters who ever met hercules and survived. unlike other monsters that crossed his path. *cerberus is also featured in many works of ancient literature, although, the depiction surrounding the mythological creature often differs by authors and cultures.
“a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” —joseph campbell “the patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree” — thomas campbell * the greatest sacrifices of the men and women in uniform are those who made the ultimate sacrifice – the loss of life in the service of our country – and the impact of that loss on their families who now live with this for the rest of their lives. it is because of this sacrifice that we remember, respect and honor those who gave their lives in the defense of our nation through the family members who wear a gold star or next of kin lapel button.
today, out of a nation of 320 million people, 1.3 million americans are in active duty military, and another 1 million serve in the reserves, according to the department of defense.
that small figure influences the way the general public thinks about the cost of conflict.
“in our society, we’ve seen this real shift." now, less than 1 percent of our population has served. the experience of going to war and coming home — we don’t have as much awareness.
we have a disconnect in our society about what’s going on, who has served and what they experienced.”
in many ways, americans today feel removed from the global war on terror and military conflict."
“so few have served, and that it’s very easy for people to say now that ‘i didn’t want these wars,’ but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t all part of this." think of all the little freedoms you enjoy every day… now go hug a soldier (or a hand shake works too :), and give them a heartfelt thank you; it’s because of them you continue to enjoy the simple things in life .