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Medusa Costumes

Medusa is an ambiguous figure in Greek mythology--there are several versions of her story. The earliest legends portray her as a hideous monster born of monsters. Later classical-era myths tell the story of a beautiful maiden, one of six daughters of ancient sea deities. Medusa is the only mortal of the three Gorgons; her two Gorgon sisters and three Graeae sisters are immortal. She is seduced by the sea god Poseidon in Athena's shrine. As punishment, Athena turns Medusa into the snake-haired monster. No matter how she got snakes for hair, afterward anybody who looks at her turns into stone.

Medusa is eventually slain by the hero Perseus. The king who wants to marry Perseus's mother sends Perseus on a quest to get him out of the way. Perseus is to bring the king Medusa's head, though of course the king wouldn't object if Perseus gets turned to stone. With help, support and gifts from Athena, Zeus and Hermes, Perseus is able to accomplish the feat. He avoids getting turned to stone by looking at Medusa's reflection in his mirrored shield rather than at her face. When he beheads her, the winged horse Pegasus springs from her severed neck. Drops of her blood fall into the sea and become red coral. Perseus carries her head in a knapsack to Athena, who mounts it on her shield.

The contrast of Medusa--beauty and horror at the same time--makes for an intriguing costume. Our Medusa costumes give you a beautiful sexy look with just the right amount of fear from the snakes. You can make your look as fearsome as you wish by adding more snake accessories. You can be part of a themed group of ancient goddesses, or part of a couple with your man dressed as Perseus. You could even bring in a winged horse. Or wear red coral jewelry. It depends on who else will be at your party, and whether they'll recognize the allusions. Even if your friends have forgotten everything they ever learned about mythology, do the obscure references anyway. You can have the satisfaction of "I know something you don't know."