In mythology, Medusa was a very beautiful young girl that Neptune took away to bring her to the temple of Minerva. The latter, feeling offended by the beauty of Medusa, transformed her in revenge into a vile creature, with hair snakes, boar teeth and golden wings.
She had become so ugly that anyone who looked at her was stunned and turned to stone.
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