Goddess of the tide

Who is Charybdis?

Charybdis is a sea monster whom lives underneath the surface of the ocean. She stays hidden in the roots of a fig tree. She swallows the waters of the ocean three times per day and regurgitates them three times per day. This action forms a whirlpool which is fatal to sailors passing by (Atsma).

what did charybdis look like?

There is little known information on what Charybdis actually looked like. It is said that her appearance is most likely the personification of a whirlpool (the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica). All that is truly stated about her looks is her being a whirlpool; no information is given of her physical traits.
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Charybdis' Story

Charybdis is the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. She flooded the shores of the sea to enlarge her father's kingdom. Zeus, out of anger, anchored Charybdis to the sea bed as punishment to her actions. This is how she became a sea monster. Once Charybdis became a sea monster, she continued to try and help her father to expand the sea by swallowing and belching the waters thrice a day. This was an attempt to continue flooding the shores. This constant motion of the water is what became known as the tide. (Atsma)

What is Charybdis' Association with Scylla?

Scylla is another sea monster within a close distance of Charybdis. Sailors who attempt passing between them are said to very rarely succeed in reaching their destination. They are very deadly sea dwellers (Atsma). They are often associated with each other due to their common purpose.
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What is Charybdis' Role in Odyssey?

Charybdis plays an important role in Odyssey. Odysseus barely escaped death by her whirlpool by clinging to a tree nearby. Odysseus could have been killed in the story because of Charybdis' dangerous habits. (the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica)
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Works Cited:

Atsma, Aaron J. "CHARYBDIS : Whirlpool Monster | Greek Mythology, Kharybdis." CHARYBDIS : Whirlpool Monster | Greek Mythology, Kharybdis. N.p., 2000-2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <>.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Scylla and Charybdis (Greek Mythology)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <>.

Atsma, Aaron J. "SCYLLA : Sea Monster | Greek Mythology, Skylla, W/ Pictures." SCYLLA : Sea Monster | Greek Mythology, Skylla, W/ Pictures. N.p., 2000-2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014. <>.

Senior, Michael. "C." Illustrated Who's Who in Mythology. New York: MacMillan, 1985. N. pag. Print.