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Three Headed Creatures

A list of three-headed creatures in mythology and fiction.


  • Asmodeus, a demon of lust, was said to have the head of a man, bull, and ram.
  • Bael: The demon Bael is said to have three heads: a human, toad and cat.


  • Cerberus: In ancient Greek myth Cerberus guarded the gates of Hades. Difference sources give different meanings to the three heads such as that they represent the three known continents, or three sins.


  • Azi Dahaka is a three-headed dragon monster from Persian myth slain by the hero Oraetauoa.
  • Mercurius: Dragons are sometimes portrayed as three-headed. For example the 1600 German illustration shown right is Mercurius. In alchemy the Mercurius is literally mercury/quicksilver and symbolically a creative spirit often shown as a dragon. The heads here represent Mercury, the moon and the sun.


  • A three-headed eagle is sometimes use to symbolize the three branches of the government of the United States (or other three-way divisions of the nation).


  • Airavata is a three-headed white elephant said to carry the Indian God Indra. Ganesh is also sometimes depicted with three heads.


  • Geryon (Greek Mythology)
  • Sir Olifaunt (Canterbury Tales)
  • Un-named (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
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Greek Mythology

  • Cacus, son of Hephaestus and Medusa, is sometimes described as three-headed.
  • Chimera is a monster from Greek myth that has three heads, a lion, a goat and a snake.
  • Geryon was a fearsome three-headed giant. One of the ten labors of Hercules was to steal his cattle.


  • Gods, such as the ancient Greek deity Hecate, are sometimes depicted as having three heads, some of them animals heads (dog, lion,and horse).


  • Naga: A Naga is a God or other powerful entity that takes the form of a snake. The Naga sometimes has multiple heads, including three-headed forms.
  • In the Iliad, King Agamemnon carried the image of the three headed-snake on his shield.

In Fiction:

  • Ghidorah, a dragon with three heads, is one of the monsters that fights Godzilla.


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Róisín Aisling Ireland from Seattle, WA on December 21, 2012:

I liked this article and voted up despite my personal freakishness regarding animals with multiple heads. :-)

theliz from Maryland on September 29, 2012:

I wish there was more here! Fascinating topic, perhaps a rewrite to include sources and stories about the creatures/deities?

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