Hydra is a simple fresh-water animal which lives in the swamps and has a significant regenerative ability. Those characteristics were the subject of creation of different myths and it’s transformation into the monster. In mythology and symbolism Hydra is presented as a monstrous serpent, chthonic water beast with seven or nine heads which outgrow if they are cut down. They are often compared with the deltas of rivers because of their multiple arms. Hydra | Symbols
The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil. In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature. Serpent (symbolism)
Symbolism In English Architecture - The Griffin, Hydra And Crocodile, Mantichora And Mermaid Or Syren ( Originally Published 1913 ) THE griffin is a fabulous bird which lives in the deserts of India, where it can find nothing to eat. To obtain sustenance for its young it will go off to other regions, and it is so strong that it can fly away with a live ox. The griffin signifies the devil who is ready to carry away our souls to the deserts of hell.
Tod Browning's 1932 film "Freaks" is often regarded as one of the most significant films about disability in history - however, it has much wider significance as well. It was among the first films to use genuine disabled actors playing disabled roles, and is arguably unique - not only for its time, but perhaps even now among cinema-released films - in its portrayal of disability community and identity. Its plot centres around a travelling circus and its community of sideshow freaks, most of whom (with a few exceptions) are disabled people, and an attempt by a non-disabled woman to con one of them out of a fortune he has inherited. Freaks, Hercules and the Hydra