It’s so pleasant to immerse your body in the sea, isn’t it?
Whether you are lazy or fearless, you will always find something to surpass yourself. Whether the waves rock us or shake us, we are always attracted by this sensation that exceeds us. Defying the sea is a mistake, it’s madness: that’s what all sailors will tell you. However, those have discovered new lands and opened the world to our knowledge. But at what price.
The myths and legends that run through time do not only carry the dreams of adventurers. Under the surface is an inaccessible world that defies all that life teaches us, and creatures that even your imagination cannot imagine.
According to many of the sources that make up the stories, there is a creature that cannot be measured. It surpasses in strength, envergure, ferocity and intelligence, or mind power, any human creation. It is said to have capsized many ships and swallowed a few unfortunate sailors. Its endless arms could draw you towards the depths without you being able to fight for a single moment.
It has obscure names or names distorted from reality. Krakenn, Hafgufa, Lyngbakrthe, Keto or even kəˈθuːlu. So many forms that populate its legends.
Since the medieval Scandinavian legends, Hafgufa and the Lyngbakr, huge sea monster described in the Nordic literature, become in science giant squids. Kraken encounters told it is similar to a cephalopod, said to be 1 mile long, and it could have been given the scientific name of Microcosmus, but then deleted from books. It should not be confused with Jörmungand, a gigantic sea serpent. So it is the size of a floating island, or the size of the fishing vessel.
It’s an overview of myths and legends, rooted to popular stories, to history of people, books and generaly, art.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon sends a sea monster to Andromeda and Persee.
In anciant texts, regarding Appolodore or Ovide, it is written ‘monster’, a giant creature, κῆτος. A version talks about Kētṓ a sea monster, daughter of Gaia and Ponto. In ancien Greek, Ceto, Keto, is a term for sea monster. It is interesting to follow these adventures of a hero among the gods.
Other authors have also added stories that show that the ocean is to silence what the wind is to words. It is the case of Jules Verne or Lovecraft, who come back here to teach us humility in the face of winds and tides.
Among the stories that we will say contemporary, we can observe, even before the advent of a cinema swollen with hectic blockbusters such as the clash of titans, where Perseus and a Kraken would appear, so many stories of men and women who have not really found the hope that traces itself on the horizons.
However, if you take your head out from under your pillow, you will see men armed with spears or guns. No boat has disappeared under the weight of a beast, but, on the contrary, it is the beast that has disappeared, under the throes of an underwater hunt and a glorified fishing.
The legends of the past are the essence of life, but those of the present could be the excuses of the living.