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On Saturday Night Live, there was a skit in which Greek god Poseidon said that he took the form of a dolphin and raped his daughter. Do we have literary or other evidence for such a myth?

It might have been a joke, I know there's plenty of myths about Zeus having sex in the form of an animal and I think a similar myth about Poseidon could exist.

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Not sure if this is on topic here. –  Orion Nov 9 '11 at 23:19
    
You are right, there is indeed a myth about Zeus transforming into an animal to mate with a female human. I am rather more doubtful of the scenario you present here though. –  Noldorin Nov 10 '11 at 0:26
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@Noldorin: I think that you are talking about the Europa myth ;) –  Wladimir Palant Nov 10 '11 at 9:36
    
@WladimirPalant: That's the one, cheers. My Greek mythology isn't very good. ;-) –  Noldorin Nov 10 '11 at 20:57
    
@NullUserExceptionఠ_ఠ: I invite you to join me in voting to close this question. You just got enough reputation (via upvotes) to do so. –  Tom Au Nov 10 '11 at 21:53
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Poseidon is associated with dolphins. There are also stories of him having various sexual encounters with a large number of other humans and gods. These do include rapes and also transformations into other animals. However, I don't find an exact match for your line. I did however find that Melantho, Daughter of Deucalion, was raped by Neptune as a dolphin.

In Greek mythology, sex plays a big part. Many of the stories concern unpleasant aspects of sexuallity.

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I think that the Melantho myth is originally Greek and talks about Poseidon. However, the common reference for that myth is Ovid's Metamorphoses where he talks about Neptun of course. –  Wladimir Palant Nov 10 '11 at 9:46
    
I think you are right. The exact story wasn't part of the mythology. (Although, it is difficult to be sure on a negative.) It was just a parody of mythology that through together a lot of common themes. –  Joe Nov 10 '11 at 16:34
    
Unpleasant for the victim ;D –  Lohoris Nov 15 '11 at 13:10
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