The 3 headed devil dog belonged to Hades in Greek and Roman mythology, and was in charge of guarding the Underworld the God of Death ruled. Either way, this bouncer behemoth is commonly given 3 heads, a serpents tail, lion claws and has been featured in everything from architecture to literature to theatre and beyond.
According to legend Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a monster so great even the Gods feared him. (The Chimera is also one of his siblings, another mythical monster you should keep your eyes peeled for on this blog.) It’s said the 3 heads represent the past, present and future while other beliefs stem from the concept of young, middle and old age in a timeline. Is Cerberus reflecting the length of the lives he guards? Is he even real at all? Historians have thought that statues of Cerberus are simply a misrepresentation of a large black dog that has two pups—and he was so close with them the figure just happens to translate to a 3 headed beast? We may never know for sure, since Cerberus is so good at guarding the underworld no one has ever escaped back up to tell us otherwise.
That’s all for now, so good day and good dog!