Monday, April 23, 2007

Legend of the Tarasque

"Legend has it that the creature inhabited the area of Nerluc in Provence, and devastated the landscape far and wide. The Tarasque was a sort of dragon with six short legs like a bear's, an ox-like body covered with a turtle shell, and a scaly tail that ended in a scorpion's sting. It had a lion's head.

The Tarasque was said to have come from Galatia which was the home of the legendary Onachus, a beast which burned everything it touched. Some speculate that the story of the Onachus may be related to either that of the Unicorn or the Phoenix. The Tarasque was the offspring of the Onachus and the Leviathan of biblical account; basically—though disputably—a giant sea serpent.

The king of Nerluc had attacked the Tarasque with knights and catapults to no avail. But Saint Martha found the beast and charmed it with hymns and prayers, and led back the tamed Tarasque to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it when it drew nigh. The monster offered no resistance and died there.

The story of the Tarasque is also very similar to the story of Beauty and the Beast and King Kong. The monster is beguiled and weakened by a woman and then killed when brought back to civilization." - quote from here.

See more pictures of the Tarasque below.
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In the town of Tarascon, a place named after the beast in France, there is an annual parade celebrating the the legend of the monster.

Read more about this creature here and here.
Another picture of the Tarasque can be found here.

1 comment:

joni said...

Thank you so much for this!!! I have been wondering what the name of this thing was for 8 months! I had forgotten. I love your whole blog -- it is fantastic.