gorgons spiritual ancient greek symbol. medusa

While descriptions of Gorgons vary across Ancient Greek literature and occur in the earliest examples of literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair made of living, venomous snakes, as well as a horrifying facial expression that turned those who caught her gaze to stone. Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale, their sister Medusa was not and she was defeated and killed by the demigod and hero Perseus.

gorgon, medusa, greek symbol, the ancient symbolDue to their terrifying tales, their images were put upon items from temples to wine kraters for protection. The Gorgon wore a belt of serpents that intertwined as a clasp, confronting each other.