Kaeneus was described as the daughter of Elatus, a Lapith leader and Hippea. In other version, Kaeneus was described as the daughter of Atrax, the son of the river god Peneus and Bura.
Sea god Poseidon was attracted towards Kaeneus stunning beauty and lusted after her. Kaeneus tried to escape Poseidon embraces, but Poseidon forced her to have sexual intercourse with him. Afterwards Poseidon promised to grant her anything she wished. Kaeneus wished to become a man, so that nothing like this could ever happen to her again.
Poseidon granted her wish, and in addition, made her/him invulnerable to all weapons. Kaeneus then changed his name to Kaeneus and became a warrior, traveling all over Thessaly.
Not only was Kaeneus an Argonaut but he was among the company of heroes that hunt the Kalydomian Boar.
At the wedding of Pirithous, when fighting broke out between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, Kaeneus slew many of the Centaurs but remained unharmed himself.In revenge for this, a mob of centaurs piled pine-tree trunks and stones upon him, since he was immune to weapons.
The Centaur could not kill him, and he was crushed or smothered beneath the great weight. After Kaeneus death, he fall directly into Tartarus. Other version described that he flew away from the pile of tree trunks as a golden-winged bird.
Elatus and Hippea
Time as an Argonaut
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