Going to the MatricesAugust 16, 2011
Just as his brother Pegasos represented the warmth and rains of spring, so Khrysaor may have presided over the warm summer months (of the harvest season). His name khrysaor perhaps referred to the seasonal golden-blades of grain. His wife was the gentle, rain-nymphe Kallirrhoe (the fair flowing).
Khrysaor may have been placed amongst the stars as the Constellation Great Boar (Ursa Major). The Greeks say that the boar constellation was later reassigned, or removed from heaven, probably meaning that the character of Khrysaor was transferred to the Sword of Orion, while Ursa Major became the bear (Kallisto). Khrysaor, unlike most of the other constellations, is specifically described as immortal, meaning it never sets in the Ocean.
Khrysaor remained closely associated in myth with both of the nearby constellations: Orion and Canis Major and Minor. The former was probably his Geryon in one account, and the latter his two-headed dog Orthos. Ursa Major preceded these two in the heavenly procession. An alternative assignment for Orion was Khrysaor’s brother, the namesake Orion, a son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Euryale.
In art one sculptural depiction of Khrysaor represents him as a boy beside the foal Pegasos in the arms of their mother Medousa.
There is also a vase painting depicting Khrysaor’s son Geryon holding a shield emblazoned with the emblem of a winged boar–a likely representation of Khrysaor considering his boar-tusked, winged mother Medousa and winged-horse brother Pegasos. Pigs were also sacrificed to the earth-goddess Demeter Khrysaoros (of the golden blades) after harvest in autumn to prosper the grain-crop during the new season’s planting.
Khrysaor was probably the same as the Erymanthian Boar captured by Herakles as one of his twelve labours.
Text purloined from theoi.com
Image sourced: Art Parks International
In Greek mythology, Pegasus was a winged horse sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa. He was the brother of Chrysaor, born at a single birthing. ~ Anton Dala
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