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Monday, August 9th, 2010 by Caridad Pineiro
Dark Side Demon Monday – Chimeras

ChimeraOne kind of demon you don’t really see all that often in paranormal novels is the Chimera – a creature that is a blend of several other beings. The origin of the Chimera dates back to Greek mythology where the Chimera appears as a fire-breathing demon with the body of a lion, snake’s head tail and the head of a goat sticking out of the center of its back. Not a pretty creature.

References to Chimeras can be found in works by Homer, Ovid and Virgil, but then this demon seems to disappear for some time in more modern works. Recently, variations on the creature have appeared in television shows such as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, CSI: Las Vegas and The X-Files, films such as The Relic and paranormal novels such as Marjorie Liu’s Dirk and Steele series.

The CSI episode was particularly interesting because it did not deal with a fictional Chimera, but rather a real human version of the ancient Greek myth.

Did you know that it’s possible for a human Chimera to exist, namely, an individual who has two different sets of DNA in their body?

chimeraHow does this happen? Oftentimes this kind of mix can be seen in non-identical twins who shared a blood supply via the placenta. It can also occur when there are twins and one dies during gestation and is absorbed by the other twin. The cells of the dead twin which are incorporated into the surviving twin can carry distinct genetic material from that of the surviving twin.

I think it might be interesting to see a shapeshifting story where someone could change into blend of animals, each one providing its best properties. The speed of a cheetah combined with the power of a wolf, or something like that.

What do you think? What kinds of combinations would make for interesting chimera demons?