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Cerberus is one of the more popular creatures in Greek mythology. It is a hound that worked for the god Hades. It has the upper body of a three headed dog and a snake for a tail with snakes running down its back. It is one of the many hellhounds.

His job was to guard the gates of Hades and make sure that the spirits of the dead had the ability to enter – but so that none would get out. Among his siblings are Chimera and the Hydra. He is the offspring of Echidna and Typhon. In Dante’s Inferno, he is described as having a human head. This symbolizes the possibility of Cerberus being more human than animal.