Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 6 – Ennedi Tiger to Bunyip

As you’ve seen in my previous posts, there tends to be a lot of legendary creatures that are associated with spirits or the dead like zombies, vampires, ghosts, or wendigos. Some of them are harmless like the Noppera-bo while others not so much. Of course, death can be a scary thing but what’s even scarier is seeing a person you sort of know who’s dead moving around as if still alive. Even scarier than that is your dead grandmother rising out of her grave hungry for your brains. Still, in this selection, we’ll take a look at these other wordly beings like the Angel, the Demon, the Genie, the Krampus, and others. We’ll also explore urban legend creatures like the Ennedi Tiger, the Nandi Bear, and the Mngwa from Africa as well as the Bunyip from Australia and the Snallygaster from the United States. Then we’ll see other legendary creatures like Beowulf‘s Grendel, Fenrir and the Draugr from Norse Mythology, the Tengu from Chinese Legend, and the Kitsune from Japanese Mythology. So for your viewing pleasure, here are some more mythological creatures to see.

 

76. Ennedi Tiger

No, this isn't Diego from Ice Age or a Saber Tooth Tiger. It's actually an Ennedi Tiger from the Ennedi Plateau in Central Africa. Sure it can rip you to shreds but it's a cryptid, you might want to take its picture if you saw it.

No, this isn’t Diego from Ice Age or a Saber Tooth Tiger. It’s actually an Ennedi Tiger from the Ennedi Plateau in Central Africa. Sure it can rip you to shreds but it’s a cryptid, you might want to take its picture if you saw it.

Type: Cryptid, Living Fossil
From: Africa
Features: Basically resembles a saber tooth cat larger than a lion and lacks a tail. Said to be reddish brown with white stripes. Water type has red with white markings and may look more like a walrus or otter with long teeth. Its appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very fierce and could carry large antelope.
Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa on the Ennedi Plateau near Chad and the Central African Republic. Has two different species with one living in mountains and the other in water.
Is It Dangerous?: Uh, yes, because it’s a large fearsome cat that can tear you to shreds.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how, nor whether we’d want to since it’s a cryptid.

 

77. Nandi Bear

Of course, this creature looks more like a cross between a bear and a hyena. Yet, the Nandi Bear is very aggressive and will kill you in very brutal ways so it could chomp on your brains. Lovely.

Of course, this creature looks more like a cross between a bear and a hyena. Yet, the Nandi Bear is very aggressive and will kill you in very brutal ways so it could chomp on your brains. Lovely.

Type: Cryptid
From: The Nandi People of Africa
Features: Overgrown hyena like beast with one eye. Has long sharp claws and spotted fur. Very muscular.
Behavior: Very fast, agile, and aggressive. Can climb trees to spy and ambush on victims.
Habitat: Kenya.
Is It Dangerous?: Known to be extremely violent and attack its human prey viciously for their brains. Once you see their single eye, there’s no way to escape.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Forget about it, if it goes after you, you’re basically screwed.

 

78. Fenrir

Cry all you want, Fenrir, but there's no way you're going to get out those chains until Raganarok when you'll join your father Loki against the Asgardians in the epic battle that would lead to each other's mutual destruction.

Cry all you want, Fenrir, but there’s no way you’re going to get out those chains until Raganarok when you’ll join your father Loki against the Asgardians in the epic battle that would lead to each other’s mutual destruction.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Gigantic wolf. Sometimes depicted with horns and giant jaws as well as white.
Behavior: Son of Loki. Solitary.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. He could kill other Norse gods, let alone humans.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not since he’s Loki’s son. Yes, I mean that Loki.
How to Get Rid of It: Destined to die at Raganarok.

 

79. Grendel

Grendel seems so happy that King Hrothgar hold all those lavish parties at his house despite all the drunken noise and revelry they're making. Of course, this means spending every night for 12 years on an all you can eat buffet of his favorite food: humans. That is, until Beowulf shows up.

Grendel seems so happy that King Hrothgar hold all those lavish parties at his house despite all the drunken noise and revelry they’re making. Of course, this means spending every night for 12 years on an all you can eat buffet of his favorite food: humans. That is, until Beowulf shows up.

Type: Humanoid
From: Beowulf
Features: Giant and deformed troll-like human. Has impenetrable leathery skin, large canine teeth, and long nails at the end of his claw like hands. Sometimes depicted with horns and like something out of Maurice Sendak as well as with hair. Usually portrayed as brown. Still, depictions vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Has supernatural strength and absolute lack of fear of death. Also, hates noisy neighbors who like to party at night.
Habitat: Denmark. Hangs out in swamps.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Loves to torture helpless animals yet his greatest hunger is human flesh, especially if they’re partying at King Hrothgar’s place. He crashed his party for human flesh every night for 12 years.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Beowulf basically cut off his arm and had him bleed to death. On to his mom.

 

80. Genie (a. k. a. Djinn or Jinn)

I don't usually use Disney caricature paintings for blog posts on mythology. Yet, since the recent passing of Robin Williams, I couldn't resist using the Genie from Aladdin.

I don’t usually use Disney caricature paintings for blog posts on mythology. Yet, since the recent passing of Robin Williams, I couldn’t resist using the Genie from Aladdin.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Middle Eastern Folklore
Features: Usually depicted with an upper human body and a wispy haze for legs. Tend to be either red or blue. Wardrobe varies but usually in Arab dress.
Behavior: Have free will, can grant wishes. Also, have amazing phenomenal cosmic powers packed into an itty bitty living space. Come in a wide range of personalities.
Habitat: The Middle East or North Africa. Usually reside in a lamp or in a ring. Actually they could live in practically any inanimate object.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the genie or who its master is. Bad ones can send sandstorms and kidnap people just for kicks. However, they are unable to kill anyone though.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, not as a pet. Yet, they can grant their masters wishes (which is usually 3). Yet, the wishes sometimes have prohibitions though which may consist of: make people fall in love, killing anyone, or having people come back from the dead.
How to Get Rid of It: C’mon you don’t want to get rid of one if you found it. I mean if I had one, I’ll just wish for a job, to move out of my parents’ house, and perhaps a publishing deal for a book I wrote.

 

81. Angel

Now while the popular imagery of angels is depicted in this picture, the original imagery of them based on what you see in the Bible are pretty funky. For instance, cherub aren't those fat little angels you see in Renaissance paintings. They more or less resemble rock music guitarists than those.

Now while the popular imagery of angels is depicted in this picture, the original imagery of them based on what you see in the Bible are pretty funky. For instance, cherub aren’t those fat little angels you see in Renaissance paintings. They more or less resemble rock music guitarists than those.

Type: Spirit, Celestial Being
From: Worldwide (though mentioned in the Bible).
Features: Usually depicted as human with feathered wings. There are many different types and appearances vary.
Behavior: Very good and have many magical powers and are powerful second to God. Have enhanced senses as well as super strength and speed.
Habitat: Heaven or the celestial regions of the universe.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, maybe that one named Lucifer. However, unless you’re no demon or destined for Hell, they’re usually harmless.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t they’re immortal and have God on their side, well at least the good ones.

 

82. Demon

Who though that such a badass scary guy like the Demonic Lord Metalpants would scream like a little girl while watching The Exorcist? Oh, I forgot he's a demon and was really horrified what the priest did to that evil spirit in the movie.

Who though that such a badass scary guy like the Demonic Lord Metalpants would scream like a little girl while watching The Exorcist? Oh, I forgot he’s a demon and was really horrified what the priest did to that evil spirit in the movie.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Worldwide.
Features: Usually depicted as red with horns and a forked tail. Sometimes seen with bat wings. However, appearances may vary.
Behavior: Almost impossible to kill and capable of all kinds of evil magic. Also are very strong and fast.
Habitat: Hell or the Underworld.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they’re known to possess and rape people as well as get others to do very bad things in exchange for their souls.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in Hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Either get Jesus or an exorcist. Jessica Tate from Soap is a good choice as well as your parish priest. Also, you can use holy water, Solomon’s Key, salt, angelic weapons, and a Devil’s Trap.

 

83. Krampus

So kids, in a lot of places in Europe, if you've been good, you receive a lot of great presents from Santa Claus. If you've been bad, then this guy would take you on a trip to his torture dungeon. Of course, he'll have to kidnap you first.

So kids, in a lot of places in Europe, if you’ve been good, you receive a lot of great presents from Santa Claus for Christmas (or around that time anyway). If you’ve been bad, then this guy would take you on a trip to his torture dungeon. Of course, he’ll have to kidnap you first.

Type: Spirit
From: Northern and Central European Folklore.
Features: Has a goat’s head, red skin, razor sharp teeth, a fur covered body, and an unusually long tongue. About 6ft tall but is constantly hunched over.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very strong and fast.
Habitat: Europe. Has his own torture chamber in a large cave.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, he’s known to kidnap and torture naughty children. Considered the evil counterpart to Santa Claus.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Just be good this year and I’m sure you’ll have Santa give you gifts instead of be visited by this guy.

 

84. Boogeyman

Yes, it's a boogeyman in that closet. No, I'm not sure if it works for Monsters Inc. or loves disco music but I will ask.

Yes, it’s a boogeyman in that closet. No, I’m not sure if it works for Monsters Inc. or loves disco music but I will ask.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: European and American Folklore.
Features: Shadow that takes a shape of a feared monster. Has no specific appearance.
Behavior: Has shape shifting powers. Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Where kids sleep.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, as long as children are well behaved. Or else, if they’ve been bad, then it’s bound to kidnap them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Just don’t feed off fear as well as be good.

 

85. Draugr

No, I'm sure this guy doesn't want you to bring him a shrubbery. He's a Draugr who's from a race of walking dead Viking warriors, not a Knight of Ni. I'm not sure if he'd want anything to do with a shrubbery anyway.

No, I’m sure this guy doesn’t want you to bring him a shrubbery. He’s a Draugr who’s from a race of walking dead Viking warriors, not a Knight of Ni. I’m not sure if he’d want anything to do with a shrubbery anyway.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Basically they are the ghosts of dead Viking warriors who didn’t make it to Valhalla. Have a strong and decaying stench and can adjust size at will. Described as extremely heavy.
Behavior: Travel in groups as well as think telepathically and subject under the goddess Hel. Have superhuman strength and can enter the dreams of the living. Have some semblance of intelligence as well as guard their treasure in some legends.
Habitat: Land, sea, or the Viking graves.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they are known for driving living people and animals insane. Also, if one of them or Hel, get you, you can become one of them. Enjoy devouring the flesh and sucking the blood of their victims.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re created and controlled by Hel but only by her.
How to Get Rid of It: When a Viking died, their loved ones placed scissors on their chests along with bits of twigs hidden in their clothes. Also, had their big toes tied together. Yet, once they become these creatures, they’re almost unstoppable. Yet, can only be stopped after being completely disabled.

 

86. Mngwa (a. k. a. Nunda)

Sure this may be a pretty feline but remember that the Mngwa is a stealthy and sneaky predator that tends to be out of control. So if you find yourself being chased by one, you're basically screwed.

Sure this may be a pretty feline but remember that the Mngwa is a stealthy and sneaky predator that tends to be out of control. So if you find yourself being chased by one, you’re basically screwed. Seriously, you won’t survive this man-eating cat’s grasp for even natives won’t hunt it.

Type: Cryptid
From: Swahili Hunting Song
Features: Said to be about the size of a pony and as well as resembled a leopard in gray fur. Has huge razor sharp teeth as well as padded paws. Also is said to have creepy yellow eyes.
Behavior: Solitary, nocturnal, and stronger than a lion. Tends to be out of control.
Habitat: Tall grass in the Savannah of Tanzania and Kenya.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely, has been a known man-eater and a very stealthy predator said to stalk without a sound.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not in your life.
How to Get Rid of It: No hunter has ever succeeded in killing one. So if you have one chasing you, you’re screwed. Even natives won’t go after it just out of common sense.

 

87. Snallygaster

Yes, that tentacled bird carrying a cow is a Snallygaster, best known for its fight with the Dwayyo. Also, well known for taking large livestock that some Maryland have 7 pointed stars on their barns. Hey, don't ask me for I didn't make up this creature.

Yes, that tentacled bird carrying a cow is a Snallygaster, best known for its fight with the Dwayyo. Also, well known for taking large livestock that some Maryland have 7 pointed stars on their barns. Hey, don’t ask me for I didn’t make up this creature.

Type: Cryptid, Divine Bird, Hybrid
From: United States
Features: Descriptions vary widely though it has giant wings. Earliest incarnations have it as having half-bird features of a siren with the nightmarish features of a ghoul or demon. Other descriptions have it as half-reptile and half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor sharp teeth and sometimes octopus like tentacles. Later legends have it with a single eye on its forehead and claws like steel hooks sounding like a train whistle. Sometimes depicted as a one eyed dragon.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very sneaky predator.
Habitat: Between Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to suck the blood of its victims and go after livestock.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Put a seven-pointed star on your barn and it will avoid devouring your livestock.

 

88. Kitsune

The Kitsune is a beautiful 9 tailed fox of Japanese Legend known for possessing high intelligence and magical powers. Yet, it could also be a trickster as well as be portrayed in stories as a guardian, friend, lover, or wife. Yes, I know it's fucked up but the Japanese didn't come up with the Minotaur did they?

The Kitsune is a beautiful 9 tailed fox of Japanese Legend known for possessing high intelligence and magical powers. Yet, it could also be a trickster as well as be portrayed in stories as a guardian, friend, lover, or wife. Yes, I know it’s fucked up but the Japanese didn’t come up with the Minotaur did they?

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Japanese Folklore
Features: Fox like with numerous tails. Usually white or black.
Behavior: Has magical powers and is very intelligent. Can change into human form as well as bend time and space.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, they can be evil and destructive but usually not. Yet, they tend to be vicious pranksters as well as possess people.
Can It Be Domesticated?: I’m not sure but probably not.
How to Get Rid of It: It’s revered in Japan and served as an inspiration for a character on Pokemon so you probably don’t want to get rid of it.

 

89. Tengu

Despite originating in China, the Tengu has more lasting appeal in Japan as well as appears in a lot of its legends. Also, tends to be depicted as red with a big nose.

Despite originating in China, the Tengu has more lasting appeal in Japan as well as appears in a lot of its legends. Also, tends to be depicted as red with a big nose.

Type: Humanoid, Hybrid, Divine Bird, Spirit
From: Chinese and Japanese Mythology
Features: Head of a beaked man with the wings and talons of a large crow. Appearances vary in depiction. There are a few different types.
Behavior: The larger its nose, the more powerful it’s supposed to be. Very mischievous and tend to take the shape of monks to trick travelers as well as serve their victims succulent meals of feces. Can telepathically speak to their victims as well as usually drop them in some foreign land where they remain lost.
Habitat: China and Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Have a tendency for kidnapping children and were blamed for many unsolved disappearances. In Buddhism, they are harbringers and demons for war.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No since it’s part human.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how on this one.

 

90. Bunyip

Sure there may be a few lush riverbeds and swamps in Australia but you don't want to venture in the waters with this creature giant hanging around, especially since it finds women and children delicious.

Sure there may be a few lush riverbeds and swamps in Australia but you don’t want to venture in the waters with this creature giant hanging around, especially since it finds women and children delicious.

Type: Water Monster, Cryptid
From: Aboriginal Mythology
Features: Very large with huge mouth and crocodile tail. Body can be snake like furry, or human looking. Some accounts describe it as having a dog like face, dark fur, flippers, a horse’s tail, as well as large tusks, and/or horns.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Australia. Prefers marshes and riverbeds.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Known to attack or mutilate anyone who ventures too close to swamps or lakes where they hide and live. Is especially fond of women and children for dinner.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Mostly it will get you before you can get it. Then again, Australia doesn’t have a lot of swamps and lakes anyway since most of the country is practically desert.

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