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Chasing Chimera


There is an intresting thing which had come to my attention, though it is probaly something that few would notice or even give a thought about and it might considered to be relitively insinificant but it is the sort of thing which happend to have caught my attention and something I have mulled over, and when it had come to be brought to my attention yet again I decided that I would make mention of it.

I am speaking of the fact that somewhere along the lines it seems the Chimera has been completely redifined and lost its true meaning, and this seems to have become acceptiable for no one seems to call anyone upon it. I had first noticed it while watching an anima called Full Metal Alchamist, in which Chimera was refered to and described as being hybred of man and beast, though considering that this was fictional show and an animation I did not give much thought to the subject at the time, but then sometime later down the road there was a disccusion on the raido which brought this subject to light once more in which Chimera was once more refered to as a hybrid between man and beast, though in this venue, it was not the work of ficition. Apperently there was some talk that there were some experiments being done in which animal and human cells were merged togehter and they refered to it as creating Chrimera's.

I had thought this over, and something about it just did not feel right, I have some familairity with Greek Mythology, but it had been a long time sense I did any really study or devling into the subject so I thought perhaps I was mistaken and so I decided to begin a little reasearch and found that my insitinct and memory have not failed me. Indeed Chierma time and time again in history has been very specifialy refered to as a beast which is in part lion, part goat and part serpent.

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I have have continued to do further and more extensive research on the subject and could not find any varriation upon the myth or anything which might have indicated any other possible aternitive definition for what Chiemera is, at least not anywhere in history, it was not untill more mondern resecoures did the meaning begin to change, but there is nothing in the orginal text which could support this change or lend to its legtimacy.

 

I even found this early definition of the word

 

chimera
1382, from L. Chimaera, from Gk. chimaira, a fabulous monster (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, orig. "year-old she-goat," from cheima "winter season." Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.
 

I was further intrested in this strange oversight and wanted to be sure to check myself and check again to make sure that I was not missing any possible and legtimate explination for the alteration of the meaning of this word, and remebering the first place in which I had come acorss the mistake, that being Full Metal Alchamist, though as I said before given this was a work of ficition I did not put too much stock into it, I did notice it seemed to have tried to use many actual Alchemtical terms, and so I happen to have a Dictionary of Alchemy which defines many of the terms used for Alchemy, and I thought maybe it was possible that Alchmist had taken on the Chimera and applied thier own meaning to it, and that somehow it was this defiition that came to be picked up and so I looked up the word within my dicitionary but could not find any mention of it there at all.

Being further intrigued I conitnued to delve into my research when another name came to my memory from Greek Myth. Manticore, and so I did some reseach upon this, and what did I discover, but that it is indeed the Manticore that tends to be a hybrid between man and best, most spicifialy seen as having the body of a lion the head of a man and the tail of a scorpian

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There is nothing in any myth I can find so vauge as to descirbe just any paring between man and beast, and in addition to the manticore there are other varrious human/beast hybrids, the Spinx for one comes to mind as well as the centaur and the satyr and others I am sure, these are just what enitially come to mind, but it does seem that the manticore comes the closeset to the chimera and at any rate there is nothing to suggest that a chiemera was ever intended to be any sort of man/beast hybrid.

So it seems that the word Chimera has come to be completly and illigetimately redefined over time, and has more or less lost its true meaning, though there is nothing to support the change within history or suggest any rational for its occuerence.



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I find this all to be very fasinating emoticon

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Thank you, it is something that had come to my attention and interest

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