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Momos (Greek Μῶμος ) according to the Theogony of Hesiod, one of the many sons of Nyx and the personification of blame and slander, a master sharp-tongued criticism, which did not stop even before the gods. His equivalent in Roman mythology is cross- Ella.

According to Aesop selected after the bull Zeus, Prometheus humans and Athena had created the house, the three for the competition of their art skills Momos as arbitrators. This, however, had to suspend all works something like this: Why the bull does not have horns below the eyes so that he can see better where he encounters why the man does not wear your heart outside the body, so you look at him his eventual wickedness and why the house does not have wheels, so they could, in the case of a missleidigen neighbors remove easier. Because of so much fault-finding he was finally thrown by Zeus from Mount Olympus.

Even Aphrodite, where he found nothing else to stay, he reviled whether their clattering shoes.


In the visual arts Momos is represented by removing a mask from his face, or a quirk in his hand. The fad is a symbol of the folly and is also referred to as the " bauble ".


Under the pseudonym Momos wrote Walter Jens since 1963 almost weekly television critic for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit.