Monday 20 January 2014


In Greek mythology, Iphimedeia was described as the daughter of Triopus (son of Canace and Poseidon). Iphimedeia was wife of Aloeus, who was also her uncle (brother of Triopus). Iphimedeia fell in love with Poseidon. Iphimedeia often came to the sea shore and wait for Poseidon to come for her. 
Iphimedeia, waiting for Poseidon on sea shore

 Poseidon never came, so Iphimedeia began to go down to sea, gather the water in her hands, and  pour the sea water in her lap or splashed sea water on her genitals. Soon Poseidon answered her request and mated with her in form of sea water.  Iphimedeia bore Poseidon twin giants Otus and Ephialtes, who were called the Aloudae after their step-father. In some account, Cercyon and the bandit Sciron were also sons of Poseidon and Iphimedeia. In some version Aloeus was natural father of Aleodae.
With Aleous, Iphimedeia had a daughter Pancratis.  When Iphimedeia and her daughter, Pancratis, were participating in the celebration of the orgies of Dionysus on Mt Drius, they were carried off by Thracian pirates to the island of Strongyle or Naxos. Where Pancratis was given in marriage to the king Agassamenus and Iphimedeia to a friend and lieutenant of Agassamenus. However, soon Otus and Ephialtes rescued their mother and sister, who were sent by Aloeus.


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