The Harpies: The Jersey Devil

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The Harpies were birds with the faces of women. They were the hounds of Zeus, and often took souls to the Underworld, torturing them on their journey. Harpies can also fly at the speed of sound. Thaumas and Electra are their parents. In one tale, Zeus gave King Phineus the gift of prophecy. When Phineus released the god’s secret plan, he was punished, blindfolded, and placed in front of a buffet where harpies would continuously steal his food. The Jersey Devil is a creature with a goat’s head, leathery bat-like wings, horns, short arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves, and a forked tail. It moves quickly, screams often, and stands at 3½ feet tall. Its origin comes from the story of Mother Leeds, who had twelve children. When she became pregnant

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