Amphisbaena (mythical creature)
The Amphisbaena or Amphisbaene (also: Amphisbaina , Amphisboena , Fenmine ) is a mythical creature from Greek mythology . It is portrayed as a two-headed, mostly winged snake or a dragon ; the two heads are at opposite ends of the body. The name is composed of the Greek amphi ("both") and bainein ("to go"); the amphisbaene is able to move in both directions thanks to its two heads.
Ancient accounts say that a dead amphisus wrapped around the body is the best cure for a cold; if a woodcutter nailed the carcass to a tree, he could cut it down with ease.
The Amphisbaena is very similar to the Ouroboros , a mythical creature in the shape of a snake that bites its own tail.
- Amphisbaena in the Theoi Project (English)
- Milan boys: Heraldry. Albatros, Prague, 1987