Callisto, Greek mythology, Greek Culture

In the charming followers of Artemis there was a beautifulfairy maiden called Callis to. Zeus loved her passionately and often sought her company. Before the year was out she bore him a son,Arcas by name. He later became the ancestor of the Archadians. Zeus' frequent absences from Mt Olympus caused Hera's suspicions . In time the vengeful queen discovered the truth and drew up an effective plan of paying back. One day Callisto suddenly found herself changed into a bear,with monstrous jaws and bloodshot eyes . Still she remained human in heart. She immediately left her son and went into hidingin the forest.

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Years passed. Little Arcas had grown into a young man. Hewas hunting merrily in the woods one day when a large grey bearsuddenly appeared before him. Both were amazed,he terrified at the sight of the frightening bear. The bear recognized that the young hunter was her own son. The young hunter aimed his spear at the slowly approaching bear  and was about to pounceupon it. New Zealand

 

Callisto, Greek mythology

Callisto, Greek mythology

 

Just at that moment Zeus stepped in and stopped the foolish act. For he had not been able to find the whereabouts  of his lovely mistress until quite recently. He had been secretly protecting her from all danger and harm. Now he turned his son into a little bear,and sent both mother and son into the highheavens. In there they have remained to this day,known as the Great and Little Bear .



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