80. Jason sows the dragon’s teeth

Once upon a time, Jason, the son of Aeson, desired the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes of Colchis, who agreed on the condition that Jason completed three tasks. Medea, the daughter of Aeetes loved Jason and helped him with magical herbs. Jason had completed the first task of taming fire-breathing bulls to plow the field of Mars. Now, in that plowed field, he had to sow the teeth of a dragon.

From a barefaced helmet, Jason took the dragon’s teeth and sowed them all over the first-time plowed field. Drenched in potent poison and softened by the moist earth, the teeth began to swell, taking new shapes. The teeth did not come out of the earth, until fully formed as armed earth-born warriors. When all the earth-born warriors came out, in unison they aimed their sharp-pointed spears at Jason.

When the Minyans saw that Jason, their leader of the Argonauts, was surrounded by armed earth-born warriors, even the boldest Minyan, was fearfully unnerved with failing courage. Medea also was terrified, seeing so many raging enemies against her beloved Jason, who was alone. Her complexion turned ashen white, blood left her rosy cheeks, and chilling fear made her slump to the ground. Her terror-struck heart, frantically wished that the magic herbs given to him, would take effect. However, she started invoking mysterious incantations to protect him, in case the herbs failed to accomplish their purpose.

Meanwhile, Jason lifted a huge stone, hurled it in the midst of the warriors, who being distracted, turned away from him and started to fight among themselves. They fought with clashing arms and blood-curdling cries, until all were slaughtered in violent conflict. The Greeks declared Jason as the victor, and with open arms embraced him. At that time, the heart of Medea also yearned, to fold Jason in her loving arms, but modesty restrained her, and she silently rejoiced in her deep love for Jason.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani

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