Although Medusa is often portrayed in pop culture as a monster, she has another side less often talked about. Medusa was once a beautiful priestess of Athena until her vow of chastity was broken by Poseidon, god of the sea. Poseidon raped Medusa in Athena’s temple, defiling its sanctity. Unable to turn her rage upon another god, Athena turned her wrath on Medusa, transforming her beautiful hair to venomous serpents, making her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. Medusa was sentenced to spend the rest of her existence feared and alone.
Whenever I see a depiction of Medusa, contrary to her reputation, I think of her as the deserving to be crowned as loneliest of the lonely. You have to be a pretty lonely person if every living thing you see turns to stone. Medusa can’t even have pet bird and her yard is a cemetery of all she has looked upon. She was a rape victim, sentenced to exile by a goddess that she had given her life to serve. She may have become evil, but that is only after she was made into a monster.