Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 9 – Scorpion Man to Orthrus

Of course, in the realm of mythological monsters, you have many creatures that could serve as loyal companions or sidekicks like Pegasus or Fawkes the Phoenix. Still, this doesn’t mean that some of these creature companions can do any harm as with many Japanese mythological legends like the Kappa which makes makes a loyal friend but isn’t exactly what you’d call nice. Still, in this selection, we’ll take a look at some Greek Mythology creatures like the Onocentaur, the Hippocampus, the Hecatoncheires, the Amphisbaena, and the Orthrus. We’ll explore a few dragons like the Knucker from England, the Azhi Dahaka from Iran, the Smok Wawleski from Poland, and the Orochi from Japan. Then we’ll see a few monsters from the Western Hemisphere like the cryptid Lizardman of Scape Ore Swamp in the United States, the Dominican Ciguapa, and the Camazotz from Mayan Mythology. Finally, we’ll look at horrors like the Scorpion Man from Ancient Mesopotamia, the Weretiger from India, and the Aigamuxa from Bushman Mythology. So without further adieu, here are some more mythological monster marvels for your viewing pleasure.

 

121. Scorpion Man

Sure this dude may look like a total beefcake from the waist up but his tail is so venomous to kill you in seconds and he could make you stone dead with just a glance. Yet, he does have a twin brother though.

Sure this dude may look like a total beefcake from the waist up but his tail is so venomous to kill you in seconds and he could make you stone dead with just a glance. Yet, he does have a twin brother though.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Mesopotamian Mythology
Features: Has an upper body and torso of a muscular man and lower body of a scorpion. Has a huge arching tail ending in a giant sting. Very tall and depicted with wings.
Behavior: Very strong. Have god like powers and are very good archers. There are two of them who are twin brothers and said to be guardians of the gates of heaven. Given birth by Tiamat after her husband Apsu was killed and their daughter was enslaved. Tortured dead people in the underworld by having them lie on their bellies and eat dirt.
Habitat: Ancient Middle East.
Is It Dangerous?: Tail is so loaded with venom that it could kill a grown man in seconds. Always hit their targets in fatal accuracy. Could turn people into stone with just one glance.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they were heavenly guardians so they were working for someone. Also, they’re part human and sons of Tiamat.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t think you can since they guard the gates of Mesopotamian heaven and you don’t want to work for their bosses.

 

122. Weretiger

While the West has the Werewolf, Asia has the Weretiger which is a very dangerous creature (save in Malaysia and Indonesia), and could become this in many different ways. Still, pretty cool though.

While the West has the Werewolf, Asia has the Weretiger which is a very dangerous creature (save in Malaysia and Indonesia), and could become this in many different ways. Still, pretty cool though.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Indian Folklore
Features: Half human and half tiger sometimes in the same context as a werewolf. Has thick claws and sharp teeth. Often depicted bipedal and sometimes white. Has five toes on paws.
Behavior: Very intelligent as well as fast and strong. Nocturnal. Said to be humans before they turned into one through choice, doing bad things, craving for power and violence, drinking a soup made from a dead person while wearing a tiger costume, or some sort of curse. There is a Harimau Jardian from Malaysia and Indonesia that becomes one through inheritance and takes its form at night though it may be selective in its human prey at times. May be capable of magical powers and shape shifters.
Habitat: India and Asia. Lives in the jungle.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, would prowl around the jungle looking for human prey and would attack at night to satisfy its hunger for fresh blood. Is a menace to livestock. If bitten, you could become one of them. Still, these are very nasty cats. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it’s only hostile to prey and enemies.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Don’t even think about it save maybe in Malaysia and Indonesia where they guard plantations from wild pigs.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how. Silver bullets? I mean it worked for werewolves.

 

123. Onocentaur

Now the Onocentaur may be similar to the standard Centaur except that it's part donkey. However, it has a very violent temper and sometimes conspires with the Sirens to attack sailors in ships.

Now the Onocentaur may be similar to the standard Centaur except that it’s part donkey. However, it has a very violent temper and sometimes conspires with the Sirens to attack sailors in ships.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology (though you may think Bottom from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his temporary form)
Features: Top half human and lower half donkey. Animal half is ashen color that might have touches white near its flanks. Has human chest, arms, and head with face surrounded by a mane of thick, long hair.
Behavior: As speedy as any horse or donkey. Tends to carry bows and clubs as weapons. Has a nature of constant conflict between its human and animal counterparts and has a very violent temper.
Habitat: Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, has a very violent temper as well as sometimes joins forces with the sirens to kill sailors on ships.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Would rather die of starvation than endure capture.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

124. Hippocampus

While the Kelpie is known to drown people to their deaths by offering pony rides, the Hippocampus is best known as being a chariot horse for Poseidon. Still, it has been known to help sailors and ships as well.

While the Kelpie is known to drown people to their deaths by offering pony rides, the Hippocampus is best known as being a chariot horse for Poseidon. Still, it has been known to help sailors and ships as well.

Type: Hybrid, Divine Horse, Sea Monster
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Horse with a fish like serpentine back half. Often depicted with fins covering manes and legs. Has horse like front. May be portrayed with wings. Very majestic looking.
Behavior: Could swiftly gallop in water as on land.
Habitat: Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: I don’t think so. It’s at least safe enough to domesticate.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by Poseidon for they are his personal sea horses. Used on his sea chariot. Also has been known to save drowning sailors and help ships through difficult passages.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of this awesome creature.

 

125. Azhi Dahaka (a. k. a. Dahaka)

The Azhi Dahaka was a dragon created by Ahiram to destroy life on earth only to get chained to Mount Darmavand near the Caspian Sea by Atar. Yet, when Atar opened it, well, all the scorpions and venomous snakes came out.

The Azhi Dahaka was a dragon created by Ahiram to destroy life on earth only to get chained to Mount Darmavand near the Caspian Sea by Atar. Yet, when Atar opened it, well, all the scorpions and venomous snakes came out.

Type: Dragon
From: Iranian and Zorastrian Folklore
Features: 3 headed dragon with sharp fangs. Has huge jaws and long sharp teeth.
Behavior: Created by the god Ahirman to dominate the world.
Habitat: Middle East and Central Asia.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Had an appetite for livestock before overpowering and feasting on humans.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, Ahirman tried to send it to destroy life on earth as well as swallow the sun but that’s about it. Of course, only a god would want to domesticate it.
How to Get Rid of It: Chained to Mount Darmavand near the Caspian Sea by Atar who later drove a sword through its belly to kill it once and for all. Yet, venomous snakes and scorpions poured out of its body. Oops! Yet, it may be back for the end of the world.

 

126. Knucker (a. k. a. Nicor)

The Knucker is a large flying water dragon known to live in deep pools of fresh water called knuckerholes as well as terrorizing Lyminster. Still, it was either defeated by a knight wanting to marry a princess or a giant poison pie.

The Knucker is a large flying water dragon known to live in deep pools of fresh water called knuckerholes as well as terrorizing Lyminster. Still, it was either defeated by a knight wanting to marry a princess or a giant poison pie.

Type: Dragon, Water Monster
From: English Folklore
Features: Large flying water dragon.
Behavior: Solitary and amphibious.
Habitat: Water pool near Lyminster in Sussex.
Is It Dangerous?: Known for terrorizing the village of Lyminster as well as eating the livestock and humans.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Either slain by a courageous knight trying to win the hand of a princess or by a large poisonous pie baked by a kid who died shortly after from exposure.

 

127. Orochi (a. k. a. Yamata no Orochi)

The Orochi was a humongous 8 headed Japanese dragon known to devour young maidens. Was defeated by the god Susanoo who managed to kill the monster by getting it drunk on 8 giant sake vases first. Well, not the kind of bedtime story for kids I see.

The Orochi was a humongous 8 headed Japanese dragon known to devour young maidens. Was defeated by the god Susanoo who managed to kill the monster by getting it drunk on 8 giant sake vases first. Well, not the kind of bedtime story for kids I see.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Enormous serpent with 8 heads and 8 tails. Said to be large and long enough to cover 8 valleys and 8 mountains. Body was constantly bloody looking and inflamed. Had moss, firs, and cypress trees grow along the ridges of its back. Has red piercing eyes.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Asia.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, existed on a diet of young maidens for several years. Once wiped out nearly a whole brood of daughters by two earth deities.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Got drunk on 8 giant vases of sake and fell asleep. Was slain by Susanoo into many smaller pieces. Found the great sword of Kusanagi embedded inside and presented it to his sister Ameratsu.

 

128. Smok Wawleski (a. k. a. Wawel Dragon)

The Smok Wawelski was a ferocious man eating dragon in Poland that seemed almost unstoppable until a cobbler's apprentice gave it a lamb full of sulfur. Guess the moral of the story is that taxidermists aren't creeps. Yeah right.

The Smok Wawelski was a ferocious man eating dragon in Poland that seemed almost unstoppable until a cobbler’s apprentice gave it a lamb full of sulfur. Guess the moral of the story is that taxidermists aren’t creeps. Yeah right.

Type: Dragon
From: Polish Folklore
Features: Fire breathing dragon with 6 legs. Sometimes described as having 7 heads.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Poland. Lives in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill near the Vistula River which is just near Krakow.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Evil and extremely destructive as well as breathes fire. Would leave a trail of destruction by killing farmers, ruining homes, and eating livestock. Many knights tried to slay this creature but failed. Has a particular craving for young maidens that the people of Krakow had to leave a young maiden at its den once a month.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: A cobbler’s apprentice basically presented it a sulfur stuffed lamb in which the dragon was unable to quench its thirst that it got a stomach ache and exploded. Smart guy.

 

129. Aigamuxa (a. k. a. Aigamuchab)

While the Aigamuxa is a known man eating beast, it's easily out maneuverable because it has eyes on its feet. Thus, it can't run and see at the same time. Still, the stuff of nightmares though.

While the Aigamuxa is a known man eating beast, it’s easily out maneuverable because it has eyes on its feet. Thus, it can’t run and see at the same time. Still, the stuff of nightmares though.

Type: Humanoid
From: Bushman Mythology
Features: Human like with eyes on its feet. Eyes could be on the soles, in step, or back of heel. Also very big. Has huge, long, and sharp pointy teeth.
Behavior: Solitary. Has to run blind.
Habitat: Africa. Lives in the dunes of deserts.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, it’s known as a man eater.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not for it’s a humanoid and dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Just out run it and make sure it can keep you in sight since it will have to stop and lie down.

 

130. Hecatoncheires

Sure they it may be a hideously ugly beast but if it weren't for the Hecatontcheires, Zeus probably wouldn't have been able to take revenge against his dad Cronus, imprison the Titans, and become ruler of Mount Olympus.

Sure they it may be a hideously ugly beast but if it weren’t for the Hecatontcheires, Zeus probably wouldn’t have been able to take revenge against his dad Cronus, imprison the Titans, and become ruler of Mount Olympus.

Type: Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Giant with 50 heads and 100 arms. Overwhelmingly hideous. Depictions may vary for obvious reasons.
Behavior: There are three of them named Briareus, Cottus and Gyges. Can throw 100 rocks at a time. Very strong.
Habitat: Greece. Were once banished to Tartarus though.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they helped Zeus defeat the Titans so you don’t want to mess with them. Very ferocious.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by the Olympian gods, especially Zeus but not as a pet.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how, but they’re probably immortal so it’s impossible.

 

131. Amphisbaena

Though I'm not sure how this snake eats or goes to the bathroom (nor do I want to), it's interesting to note that the supposedly Amphisbaena was said to have many uses in folk medicine such as ensuring safe pregnancies, curing arthritis and the common cold, attracting sexual conquests, being of pure heart and mind, or keeping warm. Yes, I know it's strange but that's the Greeks for you.

Though I’m not sure how this snake eats or goes to the bathroom (nor do I want to), it’s interesting to note that the supposedly Amphisbaena was said to have many uses in folk medicine such as ensuring safe pregnancies, curing arthritis and the common cold, attracting sexual conquests, being of pure heart and mind, or keeping warm. Yes, I know it’s strange but that’s the Greeks for you.

Type: Serpent.
From: Greek Mythology
Features: A serpent with a head on each end. Sometimes depicted with scaled chicken feet as well as feathered wings or dragon like with horns and small round ears.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Libyan Desert.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Considered deadly poisonous. Usually feeds off corpses though.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

132. Camazotz

In some Mayan tales, the Camazotz is a giant bat like creature that beheads one of the Hero Twins and uses it for a ball game. In others, it's an evil bat god associated with night, death, and sacrifice.

In some Mayan tales, the Camazotz is a giant bat like creature that beheads one of the Hero Twins and uses it for a ball game. In others, it’s an evil bat god associated with night, death, and sacrifice.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Mayan Mythology
Features: A gigantic vampire bat. Said to be as big as a full grown man maybe even bigger. Yet, this isn’t to be confused with the bat like deity of the same name.
Behavior: Nocturnal. Believed to exist as a stone statue during the daytime.
Habitat: Jungles of Central America as well as Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. Would attack and suck the victim dry of blood and terrorize local people on a nightly basis. Known to kill both animals and people as well as commit genocide. Beheaded one of the Hero Twins and used his hat as a ball for a game against the gods.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re owned by the Mayan gods who could control them any way they please. Yet, not always 100% of the time.
How to Get Rid of It: Just try to appease the Mayan gods with human sacrifices so you don’t have to face these demonic bats ever again.

 

133. Cigquapa

Sure she may resemble a sexy alien chick you may see fooling around with Captain Kirk on Star Trek. However, the Ciguapa is a creature in Dominican mythology with irresistible charm and capability of unspeakable cruelty.

Sure she may resemble a sexy alien chick you may see fooling around with Captain Kirk on Star Trek. However, the Ciguapa is a creature in Dominican mythology with irresistible charm and capability of unspeakable cruelty. Beware of blue women with backward feet.

Type: Humanoid
From: Dominican Folklore (possibly with roots from African or Taino legend)
Features: Blue or brown nude female with backward feet. Considered alluring or horrifying. Have manes of shiny long dark hair that covers their bodies. Have deep black eyes. May occasionally whine or chirp.
Behavior: Very smart and avoid capture with backward feet. Nocturnal.
Habitat: High Mountains of the Dominican Republic.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, don’t look at their eyes since they could bewitch you forever. Seen as an omen of death as well as lure innocent victims with their irresistible charm. Far from innocent and capable of unspeakable cruelty.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re humanoid and would prefer not to.
How to Get Rid of It: Can only be captured if tracked down during a full moon using a black and white dog born with extra toes on its paws.

 

134. Lizardman of Scape Ore Swamp

No, this isn't Lizardman from The Amazing Spiderman movies or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. This is the Lizardman of Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina from American Urban Legend. Of course, if you want to go anywhere near it, make sure you have good car insurance. You'll need it.

No, this isn’t Lizardman from The Amazing Spiderman movies or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. This is the Lizardman of Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina from American Urban Legend. Of course, if you want to go anywhere near it, make sure you have good car insurance. You’ll need it.

Type: Humanoid, Hybrid, Cryptid
From: United States
Feature: Said to be 7ft tall, bipedal and bulky, as well as covered in dark hair and lizard like scales on his hands, feet and face. Has 3 toes on each foot and 3 fingers on each hand. May have a tail. Kind of resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Behavior: Is incredibly strong and more than capable of ripping into a car. Solitary.
Habitat: Scape Ore Swamp in Lee County, South Carolina. Seen in subways in town near the swamp.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Has been known to maul cars for some reason and you wouldn’t want to be in one near it.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell since its humanoid.
How to Get Rid of It: Despite what your car may go through, you might want to take a picture of it and send it to the History Channel or Syfy.

 

135. Orthrus

The Orthrus may appear a bit like Cerberus except that he has two heads and without the benefit of being Hades' pet guard dog. Killed by Hercules so the gods can have those red cattle.

The Orthrus may appear a bit like Cerberus except that he has two heads and without the benefit of being Hades’ pet guard dog. Killed by Hercules so the gods can have those red cattle.

Type: Hybrid, Serpent
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Giant 2 headed dog with a serpent’s tail. Muscular with sharp teeth. Sometimes just depicted as a 2 headed dog.
Behavior: Charged with protecting the red cattle of Erythia that was coveted by the Greek gods.
Habitat: Island of Erythia in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, very ferocious and snake like tail could be instantly poisonous and lethal.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Owned by 3 bodied giant Geryon and was charged with guarding a herd of red cattle along with his master Eurytion.
How to Get Rid of It: Killed by Hercules with one strong blow of the latter’s supernaturally spiked club.

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