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Charybdis, the Drowner of the Vessels

Last Update: 08 May 2021

Charybdis, the Drowner of the Vessels
Charybdis was an evil spirit of the seas. She was the daughter of Poseidon, the great Greek god of the seas, and Gaea, the goddess of the earth.

Charybdis and Scylla lived together on both sides of the island of Sicily in Italy, spreading fear among sailors crossing the island. Charybdis' task was to swallow and then vomit water three times a day, creating whirlpools in which passing ships could drown.

Scylla and Charybdis are most notably mentioned in Homer's famous epic poem "The Odyssey".
The phrase "standing between Scylla and Charybdis" is an idiom derived from Greek mythology that is still used today. It means being faced with two equally dangerous or risky alternatives, where avoiding the one ensures the harm of the other.

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