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Charybdis by GENZOMAN Charybdis by GENZOMAN
An image done long time ago, near 2006 or so. I hope you like it :)
Im attending to Polymanga 2013 this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. If you are arround, catch me at the event. I will bring prints and I will do workshops at the event :)

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Charybdis or Kharybdis (pron.: /kəˈrɪbdɨs/; Greek: Χάρυβδις) was a sea monster, later rationalised as a whirlpool and considered a shipping hazard in the Strait of Messina.

In Greek mythology, Charybdis (or Kharybdis) was once a beautiful naiad and the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. She assumes the form of a huge bladder of a creature whose face is all mouth and whose arms and legs are flippers. She swallows a huge amount of water three times a day, before belching it back out again, creating large whirlpools capable of dragging a ship underwater. In some variations of the story, Charybdis is simply a large whirlpool instead of a sea monster. Once a lovely maiden, Charybdis was loyal to her father in his endless feud with Zeus. She rode the hungry tides after Poseidon stirred up a storm, directing them onto beaches, destroying entire villages, submerging fields and drowning forests, claiming all in her path for the sea. She claimed so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster.

In mythology Charybdis lies on one side of a narrow channel. Opposite her is Scylla, another sea-monster. The sides of the strait are within an arrow shot of each other, and sailors attempting to avoid one of them will come in reach of the other. 'Between Scylla and Charybdis' thus means to having to choose between two dangers, either of which brings harm.

The theoretical size of Charybdis remains unknown, yet in order to consume Greek ships the whirlpool can be estimated to about 75 feet across. Charybdis has been associated with the Strait of Messina, off the coast of Sicily and opposite a rock on the mainland identified with Scylla. Were Charybdis to be located in the Strait of Messina it would in fact have the size to accommodate the whirlpool. A whirlpool does exist there, caused by currents meeting, but it is seldom dangerous.

Throughout the poem, Odysseus is hindered by the efforts of Poseidon and the sea monsters throughout the ocean. Odysseus faced both Charybdis and Scylla in Homer's Odyssey while rowing through a narrow channel. He ordered his men to avoid Charybdis thus forcing them to pass near Scylla, which resulted in the death of six of his men.

Later, stranded on a raft, Odysseus was swept back through the strait to face Scylla and Charybdis once more. This time, Odysseus passed near Charybdis. His raft was sucked into Charybdis' maw, but he survived by clinging to a fig tree growing on a rock over her lair. On the next outflow of water, his raft was expelled. Odysseus recovered it and paddled away safely.
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HydraHYD Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
can you draw scylla?
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Yup, is on the gallery :)
HydraHYD Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Wow! Real monstrosity.  
fainisyo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It official ! We found the Leviathan's sister.
Anyway, cool drawing.
rachie-smith1212 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I <3! Charbdis is amazing :)
diochi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so much awsomeness to be found here
DeLissio9 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
safe to say your battleship has definitely been sunk......
NinShroom Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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