Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Centaur

Centaurs have the lower body of a horse and the upper body of man. Centaurs are known as wild, untamed and brutale.  Hence 'Cento' in the name which means 'to goad' or 'to wound'.

A recent mention of Centaurs acting as such, can be found in Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague (book three).  There are Centaurs in many stories and for the most part, are actually written as they are meant to be.  The Chronicles of Narnia also have Centaurs.  They are battle ready but also angry.

Let's just say, I never want to get on a Centaurs bad side.

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  1. Battle ready and angry, is a bad combination :) I too will steer clear of these baddies.

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    1. Bad until they are using the combo to save your life. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Another person who will steer clear of these creatures, though interesting to read.

    Yvonne.

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  3. I have to say that I fully agree with you, but I'm sure they'd be cool to look at in person. :D Thanks for hosting the A to Z. New follower...

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    1. Oh yes indeed! I can only imagine how wonderful it would be getting to see one in person!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Wonderful post. Centaurs played a big part in Harry Potter, too; one of them was even a professor at Hogwarts. :)

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    1. They do play a big part in Harry Potter but I am trying to reference different things rather than continually mentioning one series (Even if it is a good one)

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  5. I think the first time I learned about centaurs was reading Narnia books at 7 years old. Fascinating. And yet I still don't like horses... but I do like men. What does that say? HAHA.

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    1. I can't even remember the first time I heard about them. Though, the same thing can be said for all of the mythical creatures I will be writing about this month!

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  6. Ha! Do they *have a good side?

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    1. hmmmm. I imagine that like most beings, there are gentle, nice, kind, good centaurs. In general they are supposed to be brutal though.

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  7. The Centaurs depicted in the Disney film Fantasia were actually quite cute, not so battle ready as they usually are in mythology or other more modern versions.

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    1. I have not seen Fantasia. (I guess now I need to see it).

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  8. My astrology sign is sagitarius and the symbol for it is the centaur. Thanks for the interesting post on centaurs... and don't be too intimidated by them - they're sweet inside :-)

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  9. I can see the danger - pummeled by hoofs and fists fueld by anger. Great mythological creature for C! Nice to be in the challenge with you too

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    1. Indeed. For sure not the way I want to die.
      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I've always found the thought of a half-man half-horse slightly terrifying.

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    1. While it may be terrifying, for sure not the most terrifying.

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  11. i am now researching something i thought was similar in the Bible--but so far have not found it

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  12. Hey Konstance, you're at four hundred followers now!

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    1. 403 to be exact. And thanks for noticing. :) lol

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  13. Centaurs are very interesting animals. I like how the creature is part animal part human. I am writing a book about something like that. visit my blog at

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    1. I actually tried to stay away from part human, part animal creatures but once I decided to start off with the Androsphinx, I didn't really have a choice.

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  14. I've read the Percy Jackson books -- Chiron the Centaur is Percy's Dumbledore. Oh,yeah. Harry had centaurs too!

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    1. Ooooh nice reference. I had forgotten about Percy Jackson!

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  15. I loved the Centaur in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - his home seemed so cosy and he was so friendly and nice. I can see how they might seem scary, but my immediate connotation is definitely of warm-toast-and-butter-by-the-fire...!

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    1. I just loved ALL of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. :)

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  16. In one of my worlds PETA petitioned to get Centaurs on the endangered species list while the ACLU fought for equal rights for them.

    I'm quite enjoying your posts!

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    1. HAHA that's funny. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by! Glad you're enjoying the posts.

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  17. Very interesting... are they known to be more on the good or the bad side?

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    1. I think they are kinda in between. They aren't on the bad side but they won't exactly stand up for the good side either unless they are given a pretty good reason.

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  18. I was born under the star sign Sagittarius so the Centaur is a favourite of mine. I like what your theme is for the Challenge. I will be back!
    Luna

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  19. Love the centaurs in Harry Potter. When I teach mythology in 5th and 6th grade the kids always gravitate toward the centaurs. Cool C logo. New follower from the A to Z.

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  20. Really enjoying your wonderful, informative posts for the "Blogging from A to Z" challenge. I love mythology!

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