Pegasus
The white winged stallion.

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Origin:

Pegasus was born from the blood of Medusa. Medusa had been turned into a Gorgon, a hideous snake headed women with the power to turn man into stone. Perseus, the son of Athena and Poseidon, was sent on a journey to kill Medusa. To kill her he had to cut off her head and then quickly flee the scene to avoid Medusa's two sisters, the other Gorgons. When Perseus was running away he had to fly over the sea and some of the blood from Medusa's head in his bag dropped onto the sea. When this happened, two creatures were born: Chrysaor and the famous Pegasus. Pegasus is said to be fathered by Poseidon and mothered by Medusa.

Myths:

Pegasus was known for being able to strike his hoof and have a magical spring appear. One of the famous springs is the fountain Hippocrene .

One of Pegasus's first quests was flying Perseus across the sea to kill a sea monster named Cetus and rescue the Princess Andromeda.

After this occurs, it is told that Athena took Pegasus to Mt. Helicon where he could be raised by the Muses. He then becomes the flying horse of the Muses, and then he represents a “high flying inspiration.”

After Pegasus is reared by the Muses, he is known to be a stubborn horse that no one was able to ride. Athena introduced Bellerophon and Pegasus. She gave Bellerophon a golden bridal that he used to tame and ride Pegasus. They became a team, fight different mythical creatures and succeeding in all of the battles. The fought many creatures from a Lycia of the Chimera – a creature with a man's body and a lion's head – to a creature with the head of a goat and the hind end of a dragon. Many of the creatures were beat by their impeccable team work. Many times Pegasus would be able to fly Bellerophon up to the head of the monster and kill him that way. This led them to win many, if not all, of their battles. Another myth says that Pegasus was given to Bellerophon as a gift from the gods after he defeats the Chimera.

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The dynamic duo worked together for many years. One day Bellerophon decided that he would take himself and Pegasus to Mount Olympus without asking the gods. Zeus was not okay with this, so he sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus while Bellerophon was on his back. When this happened, Pegasus bucked his rider off his back abandoning his rider and leaving him there to die a lonely death. Pegasus was then welcomed with open arms onto Mount Olympus.

While Pegasus was living on Mount Olympus, he did many jobs for the gods. He would bring out the dawn, and he would also spread the sun across the sky, but Pegasus is probably most notably known for being Zeus' lightening bearer. It was told that his galloping hooves were the sounds of the thunder during a storm.

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Death:

Pegasus is known to be immortal, and to have lived the rest of his life on Mount Olympus helping the gods. Because he was so helpful and loyal to all of the gods, it is told that Zeus wanted to honor him a constellation in the autumn sky.

Another myth states that when Bellerophon originally tries to mount Pegasus he leaps away jumping into the heavens and creating his own constellation.

Current Uses of the Myth:

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies
Pegasus Mail
Pegasus Airlines
Pegasus Communications

As you can tell from the above uses of this myth, they are all related to flying or speed.


Another well known use of the myth is the Disney movie Hercules, which incorporates the young flying horse.

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http://www.adventure-learning-initiatives.com/myth-of-pegasus-continued.html

http://www.myth-and-fantasy.com/pegasus/plore.html

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/p/pegasus.html