Medusa was the only mortal of the three Gorgon sisters – Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale. She used to be a beautiful maiden but then one day Poseidon raped her in the temple of Athena. The enraged Athena turned Medusa into a hideous creature with the face of an ugly woman, snakes for hair and anyone who would dare look at her face would be turned to stone. In her despair, she became as gruesome as her outward appearance. She fled to Africa where young snakes dropped from her hair and according to Greeks, this was how the continent became inhabited by many poisonous snakes. Medusa was finally slain by Perseus. It is said that when Perseus cut off her head from the blood were born two creatures – Chrysaor and Pegasus.