Nemean Lion Picture

Like many of Typhon and Echidna's brood, the Nemean Lion was raised by Hera and set loose upon some poor village, then was later placed in the stars by the goddess after it was killed by the hero Hercules.

The Nemean Lion's hide was impervious to all weapons, and the monster had to be strangled to death (still no easy task, as Hercules lost a finger during the fight in one account). Not letting a good thing go to waste, Hercules wore the lion's skin as armor, which became one of the hero's trademark attributes.

One wonders how Hercules skinned the near-indestructible Nemean Lion.
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