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CYCLOPIA

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NOTICE; Clinical Eye Openers (CEO) is our emerging new companion web-site mainly dedicated to the presentation of "challenge images" illustrating visually detectable developmental (mostly prenatal in nature) variations and anomalies. Pandora Word Box will continue to present fine arts images that inherently convey notions of health and medicine.  

Classic and Modern Version of a Cyclopic Animal

Human CYCLOPIA does exist and every rare instance of such birth, strongly captures attention as evident from the ample mythology that arose to "explain-out" such events. Cyclopia in a narrow sense (cycle circular) denotes "round eye" - a more correct but less popular is the term "synopia", denoting fully or partially fused optic vesicles. 

Even in the 20th. century, medical texts referred to cyclopic infants, like others with severe malformations, as "monsters or monstruosities", a word implying "demonstration", a wander, an expression of divine power. In "civilized" "western" Europe, Biblical religious interpretations expanded "monster" to imply that such infants were the offspring of the "Devil" or that their mothers consorted with animals thus were guilty of "bestiality". In any case, many such unfortunate mothers and infants were found "guilty" and executed.   

Are you curious? - physicians may forget that cyclopia is inherently a brain anomaly as discussed in the CEO site - Mythology reminds us of that Odysseus landed on an island near Sicily named Cyclopia where he met a cyclopic giant whom he blinded - there also was a famous wedding attended by giants including the mentioned one as well as Chiron, a centaur and teacher of Aesculapius - the bride was "protean", she could easily metamorphose like "proteins" can - (hint) - below is shown a giant - a nude - a wedding party - giants drinking - and the story is ?... much of it is in the fine art depictions as shown below.  

A wedding party inclusive of Chiron and other drinking giants 

Another party - Note the expectant gigantic cyclopic Polyphemus.