Last weekend BBC America was having a Star Trek marathon to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary, debuting on NBC in 1966. The first episode I saw was the one where they encounter the god Apollo on some distant planet. It seems that Apollo and his fellow aliens visited Earth about 3000 years ago and were the basis of Greek legends. My evil furry mind immediately wondered if the aliens could actually perform transformations which were so common in the myths. That got me thinking about some of those stories, so I revisited them thanks to teh Interwebs. Of course there was Callisto who was raped by Zeus which pissed off Hera, his wife, so she turned her into a bear. Just as she was about to be killed by her own son, Zeus put both of them into the heavens forming Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. The other great transformation story was Actaeon and Artemis. Artemis was not someone you wanted to mess with. She was a vengeful bitch. Actaeon either tried to rape her or simply saw her naked (perhaps he just boasted that he was a better hunter than her). Anyway...she turned him into a stag. Great story! Unfortunately he then gets ripped apart by his own hunting dogs. Not so good. I then found a story that I had never heard before. This one involved Polyphonte who dedicated her life to Artemis. This pissed off Aphrodite who wanted her to bear children. So Aphrodite cursed Polyphonte and made it that she would want to do it with a bear. A bear gives her an injection of "Vitamin D" and she bears 2 sons, Agrius and Oreius, who are half-man, half-bear. Sounds great to me! Unfortunately Zeus thinks they're abominations since they have this nasty habit of eating people and not following the gods, so he sends Ares to punish them. He takes pity on the family, however, and transforms them all into birds (Yay! More transformation!) So Agrius was changed into a vulture. Oreius was turned into an eagle owl. Polyphonte was transformed into a small owl, and her servant was changed into a woodpecker.
And let us not forget Pasiphae, one of the most celebrated examples of early furry porn. Poseidon cursed her to desire a bull. Of course the act of mating would be rather difficult. So she had a hollow wooden cow constructed (by Daedalus, Icarus' dad) which she could climb inside (Would that be considered the first fursuit? Definitely a murrsuit!). She later gives birth to the Minotaur. If you want to see classic furry porn, just search Google images for "Pasiphe." Oh, and don't piss her off. Her husband was the king of Crete and very unfaithful. She cursed him so that he would ejaculate scorpions.