Friday, August 12, 2016

Prime Cuts: Horsebastards

PRIME CUTS FROM /wiki/Mares_of_Diomedes

Dbs Jonathan Hunt Bestiary 26 Xanthus 800
This was Heracles Eighth labor.

The Mares of Diomedes (GreekΔιομήδους ἵπποι), also called the Mares of Thrace, were four man-eating horses in Greek mythology. Magnificent, wild, and uncontrollable, they belonged to the giant Diomedes
Heracles was not aware that the horses, called Podargos (the swift), Lampon (the shining), Xanthos (the yellow) and Deinos (the terrible),[1] were kept tethered to a bronze manger because they were wild; their madness being attributed to an unnatural diet of human flesh.[2] Some versions say that they expelled fire when they breathed.
ZEUS u dog:

Eurystheus ordered the horses taken to Olympus to be sacrificed to Zeus, but Zeus refused them, and sent wolves, lions, and bears to kill them.



Hippomania is the word for both horse madness AND madness in horses!

Anthropophagic horses have been described in classical mythology. From a current perspective, two such instances are worth mentioning and describing: Glaucus of Potniae, King of Efyra, and Diomedes, King of Thrace, who were both devoured by their horses. In both cases, the horses' extreme aggression and their subsequent anthropophagic behaviour were attributed to their madness (hippomania) induced by the custom of feeding them with flesh. The current problem of 'mad cow' disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is apparently related to a similar feed pattern. Aggressive behaviour in horses can be triggered by both biological and psychological factors. In the cases cited here, it is rather unlikely that the former were the cause. On the other hand, the multiple abuses imposed on the horses, coupled with people's fantasies and largely unconscious fears (hippophobia), may possibly explain these mythological descriptions of 'horse-monsters'

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