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Manticore-fb-postThe most remarkable of allegorical creatures was the Manticore (Mantichora). The Manticore ( from Early Middle Persian Martyaxwar مارتیا martya “man” and خوار xwar– “to eat”) was a legendary creature similar to the Egyptian Sphinx. The English term “Manticore” was borrowed from Latin Mantichorās, itself borrowed from Greek μαντιχώρας—an erroneous pronunciation of the original Persian name. It passed into European folklore first through a remark by Ctesias, a Greek physician at the Persian court of King Artaxerxes II in the fourth century BC, in his notes on India (“Indika”), which circulated among Greek writers on natural history but have not survived. Apollonius says of the Manticore that there are “tall stories current which I cannot believe; for they say that the creature has four feet, and that his head resembles that of a man, but that in size it is comparable to a lion; while the tail of this animal puts out hairs a cubit long and sharp as thorns, which it shoots like arrows at those who hunt it.”

The Manticore is also believed to have the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind. The Manticore, though widely believed in at the time, was never seen, because it inhabited inaccessible regions and consequently was difficult to locate.

Accordingly, Manticore Press deals with the subjects which obscure and difficult to locate. Manticore Press does not specifically endorse any idea or subject which it publishes – but it does endorse the freedom of expression with which to say it.

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