Callisto and her son Arcas transformed as the Great Bear and the Bear Warden.
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Callisto and her son Arcas
Callisto was a river goddess. Callisto was the
favorite companion of the moon goddess
. One day the god
saw the beautiful Callisto and fell in love with her. Knowing
that Diana had warned Callisto about men
and gods, Jupiter pretended he was the goddess Diana.
In this disguise, Jupiter made the beautiful Callisto his
girlfriend. She gave birth to a
boy child named Arcas. Jupiter's wife Juno was mad and
changed Callisto into a bear.
One day, when Arcas was a young man, he decided
to go hunting. Callisto saw her son and, forgetting
that she was a bear, rushed toward him to give him a hug.
In fear of his life, Arcas lifted his bow and shot at the charging
bear. At the last moment, just before the arrow struck, Jupiter tossed Callisto and her son Arcas into the heavens as the constellations Ursa Major, the Great Bear and Bootes, the Bear Warden. Arcas is always found standing next to his mother.
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