Greek Mythology: Skylla (or Scylla) was a monstrous sea goddess who haunted the rocks of certain narrow strait opposite the whirlpool daemon Kharybdis. Ships who sailed too close to her rocks would lose six men to her ravenous, darting heads. Homer describes Skylla as a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth. Her voice was likened to the yelping of dogs. This description of Skylla is probably derived from the imagery...
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Escil·la, relleu d'una urna etrusca, Boston Skylla, Etruscan urn, Late 3rd century B.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This object is one of five ash urns found in a tomb of the Velsi family of ancient Chiusi. On the urn's front is a Skylla, a winged marine monster with the torso of a young woman and coiled fishtails instead of legs. Many Etruscans believed that the journey to the Underworld involved a dangerous sea voyage.