Ladão

Creatures - Greek Mythology

 

 Card 097

Battle Area:

  1. Water = 10
  2. Earth = 40
  3. Heaven = 10

Attack and Defense

  1. Wisdom = 10
  2. Dexterity and Strength = 45
  3. Powers = 05

  4. Fire = 60

 

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Ladão

Creatures - Greek Mythology 

 


Ladão or Ladôn (Greek Λάδων), in Greek mythology, was a river god of Arcadia, the god of the river Ladão, who was born on Mount Cilene and was a tributary of the river Alphaeus. He was the son of Ocean and Tethys, sons of Uranus and Gaia.

 


Ladão, The Guardian of The Garden of The Hesperides

This belief says that Ladan, a dragon with a snake body where it had a hundred heads that spoke different languages, was a dragon to whom Hera, woman of Zeus, gave the task to protect the apple tree of fruits of gold. This was a tree that Gaia had given her on the wedding day with Zeus. Hera planted this tree in the western confines of the World and gave the nymphs of the evening, daughters of Atlas, the function of protecting it. These, in turn, took advantage of the golden fruits for their own benefit and the queen of the gods had to look for a more reliable, powerful, and intelligent guardian - Ladão.

From that time, Ladan became the keeper of the apple tree of the golden fruits, which later died by an arrow of Hercules that needed an apple of gold to complete one of the twelve tasks of King Euristeu. This in turn, after killing the fearsome dragon, went to Atlas who gave up his task of holding the world on the shoulders of Hercules as he fetched the apple. When he returned, he brought three golden apples, but refused to go back to his job, which made Hercules fool him by saying that he accepted Atlas's demand, but that he wanted to go first to get a shoulder pad. Thus, Atlas returned to support the world and Hercules took the opportunity to escape by going to the garden that the dragon kept. There, to pay homage to Ladan, he took his remains and threw them into Heaven, where they still are today, in the constellation of the Dragon.

 

A Lineage of Monsters

According to Hesiod in his Theogony, Gaia, the Earth, and his son Ponto, the sea, had many sons, including Fethcis and Keto. In turn, these two gave way to a terrible lineage: the three gorgons, Esteno, Euryade and Medusa and the three greyhounds, creatures already born with gray hair. Finally, Ceto "gave birth to a terrible serpent which, on the flanks of the black earth, at the end of the world, kept the golden apples." This was Ladan, and its history is associated with that of the Hesperides.

 

 

 

 


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