Friday, October 8, 2010
According to mythology Charybdis was once a beautiful naiad, the daughter of of Poseidon and Gaia. (Isn't it interesting how most of the tales start out with she was beautiful but then something happened!?) Charybdis was very loyal to her father and always took his side in the endless fights between him and his brother Zeus. When Poseidon would create a storm she would ride the waves and destroy the cities and all the good beachfront property. Zeus became so irritated by their actions that he turned her into a monster and placed her in the Strait of Messina. She became a huge creature that had small flippers for arms and legs and she existed only to suck in water, and then spit it back out causing whirlpools three times a day. On the other side of the narrow strait is the monster Scylla, navigating away from one would lead you straight into the jaws of the other, hence the phrase "between Scylla and Charybdis" or "between the rock and the whirlpool" which is probably the origin of the phrase "between a rock and a hard place."