Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 10 – Baital to Lindworm

Of course, as with any blog series, all things must come to an end. Yet, I hope those who view my posts have enjoyed this series on mythological creatures from myths and urban legend. Perhaps some of you viewing these may now have a better idea for a Halloween costume than some of the standard outfits. Nevertheless, there’s a few more we need to look at before we go. Still, in this final selection, we’ll explore the undead and spirits like the Baital from Hindu Folklore, the Black Dog from Europe, the Cu Sith from Scotland, the Aswang and Diwata from the Philippines, the Gwyllion from Wales, the Tokoloshe from Africa, and the Inugami, the Oni, and the Yuki-Onna from Japan. We also have a few English creatures such as Black Annis and the Lambton Worm. And finally, we’ll see other monsters like the cryptid American Goatman from the United States, the Sleipnir from Norse Mythology, and the Lindworm from Northern Europe. So in this final installment on my blog series of mythological creatures, I hope you enjoy these for your pleasure.

 

136. Baital (a. k. a. Vetala)

The Baital (or Vetala) is one of the more scarier creatures from India that's known to drive people insane or self-harm, take possession of people, and kill children. And you thought Hinduism was a more peaceful religion.

The Baital (or Vetala) is one of the more scarier creatures from India that’s known to drive people insane or self-harm, take possession of people, and kill children. And you thought Hinduism was a more peaceful religion.

Type: Undead, Hybrid, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Hindu Folklore
Features: Bony looking human with dirty brown skin and bat wings. Said to be covered in hairy brown skin and had large, creepy bat wings protruding from its back. Described as resembling dried up corpses with wings. Have eyes that never showed a glimmer or sparkle as well as appear completely dead. Body is cold, clammy, and without blood. Sometimes depicted with horns.
Behavior: Hung by their toes from mimosa trees used as burial grounds. Have very good social skills.
Habitat: India.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they take over people’s corpses but they’re also known to drive people mad or to suicide, cause miscarriages, and kill children. Very manipulative and can control a person through his or her dreams.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure you could get rid of it, yet if you’re talking to one, just don’t try to answer its questions at least for a while. Using mantras can also help.

 

137. Black Dog

Now while most normal black dogs are relatively harmless, this Black Dog can be a hound out of hell. It's scratch marks can instill burns on skin and is prone to bring severe injury on humans. If you see a black dog with glowing red eyes in your neighborhood, you might want to call your local exorcist at best.

Now while most normal black dogs are relatively harmless, this Black Dog can be a hound out of hell. It’s scratch marks can instill burns on skin and is prone to bring severe injury on humans. If you see a black dog with glowing red eyes in your neighborhood, you might want to call your local exorcist at best.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Medieval European Folklore
Features: Extremely large black canine ghost. Said to be as big as an adolescent calf and has very long and sharp nails. Eyes are either pitched black or glowing red. Mouth is constantly covered with smelling drool virtually foaming.
Behavior: Nocturnal and solitary.
Habitat: Europe and the Americas.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, seeing it once is good luck. Seeing it a second time, well, it’s basically a death omen. Can attack unharmed but tends to instill severe injury onto victims. Scratch mark would leave scorching burns on skin. Still, may be peaceful and serene at first but can suddenly attack out of nowhere. Associated with thunderstorms. However, sometimes it depends on the story.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not despite its supposedly domestic appearance.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure if you can.

 

138. Cu Sith

The Cu Sith is seen as an omen of death but when it barks three times, it's said a nursing mother is kidnapped to provide milk for fairies by this green hound dog. Yet, I wonder if this Scottish pooch likes green eggs an ham.

The Cu Sith is seen as an omen of death but when it barks three times, it’s said a nursing mother is kidnapped to provide milk for fairies by this green hound dog. Yet, I wonder if this Scottish pooch likes green eggs an ham.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Scottish Mythology
Features: Enormous dark green dog. Said to be about the size of a large calf with paws as big as a person’s hand. Said to be covered in green shaggy fur and a curled or braided tail. Could bark 3 consecutive loud barks that could be heard far away. Sometimes depicted as white.
Behavior: Solitary. Could hunt silently.
Habitat: The Scottish Highlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Seen as an omen of death and appears only to take one to the afterlife. Yet, it’s known to abduct nursing mothers and carry them off to its fairy mounds where they’d be milked to feed fairy children. Oh, and when you hear its barks out at sea, you might want to come back home until it lets out a third or be overcome with terror to the point of death. This is goes especially for guys who just had a kid.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t think you can since it’s a netherworld dog.

 

139. Diwata

Like the Greek nymphs, the Diwata are nature spirits though could appear male or female. However, they are known to be diehard environmentalists and will curse you if you ever think of clearing their beloved forests for a strip mall. American Libertarians wanting to do business in the Philippines may want to take note of this.

Like the Greek nymphs, the Diwata are nature spirits though could appear male or female. However, they are known to be diehard environmentalists and will curse you if you ever think of clearing their beloved forests for a strip mall. American Libertarians wanting to do business in the Philippines may want to take note of this.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit
From: Philippine Mythology
Features: Male and female human like spirits seen as astoundingly beautiful and ageless. Said to have blemish free or fair color skin.
Behavior: Known as protectors of nature. Can be called upon to ensure good health, good crop growth, and good fortune.
Habitat: Philippines. Said to reside in banyan or large accia trees in the forests. Are very powerful tree huggers.
Is It Dangerous?: Let’s just say as long as you ask these spirits permission to wander the protected areas and not anger them, you’ll be fine. Those who don’t respect their surroundings will be cursed.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Since they’re human then absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t think you want to since they’re rather nice nature protectors. Still, respect the Philippine forests as well as them if you don’t want anything bad to happen to you.

 

140. Gwyllion

 She may seem like an ugly witch from Macbeth but this Gwyllion is actually a harmless prankster who won't hurt you if you treat her right. Yet, this doesn't mean she's not willing to use self-defense.


She may seem like an ugly witch from Macbeth but this Gwyllion is actually a harmless prankster who won’t hurt you if you treat her right. Yet, this doesn’t mean she’s not willing to use self-defense.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Welsh Mythology
Features: Ugly female spirit that usually wears ash colored clothing and an oblong 4 pointed hat as well as carries a pot or wooden can in one hand. Known for disturbing laughter and cries of “Wb!”
Behavior: Like to cause mischief. Like to scare and mislead travelers.
Habitat: Welsh Mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they’re normally pranksters to unsuspecting travelers though some of their hijinks may get out of hand. But if they’re threatened, then they will flash a metal knife and attack you.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. They’re human.
How to Get Rid of It: If one enters your home, just treat her fairly and she’ll leave without doing any harm.

 

141. Inugami

Having an Inugami isn't all what's cracked up to be. Sure it may be fun to have a kind of dog that would give what's coming to your enemies. But getting one requires a ritual that pertains to certain practices that would get you jailed for animal cruelty.

Having an Inugami isn’t all what’s cracked up to be. Sure it may be fun to have a kind of dog that would give what’s coming to your enemies. But getting one requires a ritual that pertains to certain practices that would get you jailed for animal cruelty.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Dog spirit but tend to be described as werewolves.
Behavior: Master of powerful black magic.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, certainly. Can take possession of a person and drive him or her crazy or to suicide. Known to be used by their masters for activities like mutilating, kidnapping, or murder. Yet, if it’s master soul is said to be blinded by unstoppable rage or desire to revenge, then it could escape his or her control and kill them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, they can or were. Known to be kind and loyal companion to its human owner. However, they could be conjured in a kind of ceremony that would consist of great cruelty to animals. Still, their masters aren’t known to be very nice people.
How to Get Rid of It: These creatures are impossible to get rid of and tend to be passed from generation to generation. Still, the best answer is to simply not marry into a family that has one.

 

142. Sleipnir

Now Sleipnir may seem like a magnificent horse despite its 8 legs. Still, its conception is rather, well, crazy. I mean Odin's horse was born to Loki after he engaged in a one night stand with a stallion. Of course, I've never seen a case of parental confusion like this since Mrs. Doubtfire.

Now Sleipnir may seem like a magnificent horse despite its 8 legs. Still, its conception is rather, well, crazy. I mean Odin’s horse was born to Loki after he engaged in a one night stand with a stallion. Of course, I’ve never seen a case of parental confusion like this since Mrs. Doubtfire.

Type: Divine Horse
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Giant 8 legged black horse. Has magical symbols carved in his teeth. Sometimes depicted with four and other colors.
Behavior: Said to be the fastest, largest, and most powerful horse in the world. Can run through land, sea, and air. Has magical powers.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s not said to be.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Despite being Loki’s child he birthed by a stallion (don’t ask), he’s Odin’s horse.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of this horse.

 

143. Oni

Now the Japanese Oni may resemble a demon at first but they do a job that's similar to the Grim Reaper despite that they wear a loincloth of a skin that comes from an endangered species. Still, like many superheroes, the tend to enjoy destruction and love ruining everything that crosses their paths.

Now the Japanese Oni may resemble a demon at first but they do a job that’s similar to the Grim Reaper despite that they wear a loincloth of a skin that comes from an endangered species. Still, like many superheroes, the tend to enjoy destruction and love ruining everything that crosses their paths.

Type: Yokai, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Has a huge body, glowing horns, and wide mouth. Can have green, blue, or red skin. Said to have shaggy hair, long claws, and hideously ugly. Sometimes may have extra eyes, fingers, or toes. Often depicted wearing tiger skin loincloths.
Behavior: Can shape shift as well as be totally invisible. Doesn’t like to be seen by humans in its true form. Said to be bounty hunters for souls that escape from hell. Also said to capture souls of dying people.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: They love destruction and tend to ruin everything and anything crossing in their path. Capable of causing natural disasters like mudslides, earthquakes, spreading deadly plagues, and taking over people’s body.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. Other than that, I’m not sure how or if.
How to Get Rid of It: Dried peas are said to blind it.

 

144. American Goatman

While the Satyr is the closest thing in mythology to a 1960s flower child, the American Goatman is anything but despite them both being half-goat and half-man. Rather he's known to be an axe wielding psycho killer known to attack couples making out in cars in Maryland as well as cause a lot of train accidents in Kentucky.

While the Satyr is the closest thing in mythology to a 1960s flower child, the American Goatman is anything but despite them both being half-goat and half-man. Rather he’s known to be an axe wielding psycho killer known to attack couples making out in cars in Maryland as well as cause a lot of train accidents in Kentucky.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Cryptid
From: United States
Features: Half-goat and half-man creature. Usually depicted with legs of a goat, a grotesque body, and wielding an axe. The one in Kentucky is said to have an aquiline nose and alabaster skin face as well as long greasy hair. The one in Texas is said to have scales.
Behavior: The one in Maryland is said to have once been a brilliant scientist transformed as such after an experiment gone wrong who hates being called hideous. The one in Kentucky is said to either be an escaped circus freak or a product of a Satanic ritual and may be capable of using hypnosis.
Habitat: United States, particularly Maryland, Kentucky, and Texas.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Attacks cars with an axe, especially when they had young couples making out in them. One in Kentucky is said to cause a lot of accidents as well as lure people to get run over by trains.
Can It Be Domesticated?: He’s a human so no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

145. Tokoloshe

While the West has the Boogeyman, Africa has a similar creature haunting people's bedrooms called the Tokoloshe which were created by evil shamans. If you see one of these, consult your local African witch doctor.

While the West has the Boogeyman, Africa has a similar creature haunting people’s bedrooms called the Tokoloshe which were created by evil shamans. If you see one of these, consult your local African witch doctor.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit, Water Monster
From: Zulu and Xhosa Folklore
Features: Has a pale skinned child size body with eyes and brain removed. Created from a recently deceased body by shaman magic. Said to be hairy. Depictions may vary in appearance.
Behavior: Capable of invisibility and can only be seen by intended victims. Tend to be rather mischievous and take on many forms.
Habitat: Africa.
Is It Dangerous?: Have been known to terrorize people by making random appearances, destroying personal belongings, and homes. Still, they could be capable of physical attacks as well as render victims helpless in trying to explain their wounds and seem absolutely deranged. At worst can bring sickness and death on the victim.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re created by shamans who have a dark agenda.
How to Get Rid of It: Call an African witch doctor (or n’anga) to banish it from the area.

 

146. Yuki-Onna (a. k. a. Snow Woman)

Known as the Japanese Snow Woman, the Yuki-Onna is known to lure and kill almost every man she encounters in the snowy mountains, especially if they're domestic abusers or evil. Of course, she has been in relationships with several men and has let a few goodhearted men go from time to time.

Known as the Japanese Snow Woman, the Yuki-Onna is known to lure and kill almost every man she encounters in the snowy mountains, especially if they’re domestic abusers or evil. Of course, she has been in relationships with several men and has let a few goodhearted men go from time to time.

Type: Humanoid, Spirit, Undead
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Ghost of a beautiful young woman with cold, transparent skin. Often seen in flowing robes.
Behavior: Ghost of a woman who froze to death in the mountains during a blizzard. Doesn’t walk on the ground so she leaves no foot prints. Could appear or disappear outdoors when she chooses. Said to be able to reproduce and had a line of several men.
Habitat: Mountains of Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Her rage over dying alone often leads her to kill almost every guy she encounters, particularly if they’re domestic abusers or just plain evil. She may lure guys to get close to her only to have them freeze to death by her icy breath.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not for she’s human and dead.
How to Get Rid of It: Be a nice person who doesn’t mistreat women or children and she’ll send you on your way. Still, she’ll swear you to secrecy about her existence.

 

147. Aswang

Though the Aswang may seem normal by day, by night it has put up an appetite for corpses and sometimes fetuses (don't ask). Still, they don't harm their friends and neighbors. Yet, if you marry one, you basically become one though.

Though the Aswang may seem normal by day, by night it has put up an appetite for corpses and sometimes fetuses (don’t ask). Still, they don’t harm their friends and neighbors. Yet, if you marry one, you basically become one though.

Type: Humanoid, Undead
From: Philippine Mythology
Features: Vampire like witch said to have leathery wings and sharp fangs. Sometimes described appearing as a bat, dog, or snake. Said to resemble a ghoulish vampire-like werewolf. Depicted with long noses and bloodshot eyes. May make noises or may not. Appearances may vary and there are a lot of different kinds.
Behavior: Capable of magical powers and shape shifting. Nocturnal though may assume normal human bodies by day and only transform if they’re hungry. Have a normal human range of emotions. Marry one can have you be one of them. Have upside down reflections.
Habitat: Western Regions of the Philippines.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to stalk its victims at night and much on corpses from graves it would replace with a banana tree carving that resembles the now consumed deceased. Sometimes these bloodthirsty monsters could eat fetuses (don’t ask). Still, they don’t harm their neighbors and can be befriended.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Can be repelled with garlic, salt, special prayers, ginger coins, coconut oil, and religious artifacts. Could be killed by a whip made from a stingray’s tail as well as repelled. Decapitation is another method.

 

148. Black Annis (a. k. a. Black Agnes or Black Anna)

For the love of God, don't let this blue iron nailed witch near small children and lambs. Still, if you want to get rid of her, have her walk into the sunlight and she'll turn to stone.

For the love of God, don’t let this blue iron nailed witch near small children and lambs. Still, if you want to get rid of her, have her walk into the sunlight and she’ll turn to stone.

Type: Humanoid
From: English Folklore
Features: Blue faced old hag with sharp iron claws.
Behavior: Capable of magical powers. Nocturnal and solitary.
Habitat: In a cave near Leicestershire.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, known to kidnap and eat small children and lambs as well as skin their hides to hang in trees or wear around her waist as a belt.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Bring her out to the sun and she’ll turn to stone.

 

149. Lambton Worm

The Lambton Worm is an English dragon that was as dangerous as it was almost invincible. If it was cut in two, it would simply reattach its parts. That is, until John Lambton basically cut it in too many pieces for it to survive. A giant meat grinder would've worked better.

The Lambton Worm is an English dragon that was as dangerous as it was almost invincible. If it was cut in two, it would simply reattach its parts. That is, until John Lambton basically cut it in too many pieces for it to survive. A giant meat grinder would’ve worked better.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: English Folklore
Features: Long serpent like body with huge glowing eyes and large razor sharp teeth. Sometimes said to have spikes along its body. Said not to have arms or legs.
Behavior: Could self-heal and reattach its own parts.
Habitat: England.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, known to terrorize villagers that they gave large amounts to milk to appease it. Has a hunger for sheep and children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Was chopped into too many pieces for it to survive by John Lambton.

 

150. Lindworm

The Lindworm is a large snake like dragon known to be deadly poisonous and swallow cattle whole. Yet, it was also known to terrorize on land or water as well as be very ferocious.

The Lindworm is a large snake like dragon known to be deadly poisonous and swallow cattle whole. Yet, it was also known to terrorize on land or water as well as be very ferocious. Still, we’re not sure whether this creature came from Norse Mythology or not. Probably.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: Northern European Mythology (possibly Norse Mythology)
Features: Extremely large and monstrous snake. Sometimes described having wings or from 2-4 limbs as well as large pointed claws. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Solitary, amphibious, and very ferocious.
Habitat: Various locations.
Is It Dangerous?: Has a deadly poisonous bite. Said to swallow cattle and other livestock whole and sometimes ate the dead. Could terrorize land, rivers, or the seas.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

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.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 8 – Melusine to Piasa

While many mythical creatures seem to originate in Western Mythology, especially in legends by the Greeks, there are plenty of monsters all over the world. Of course, while some of them may remind you of some of the more familiar beasts, sometimes they could be seen as different. For instance, the Chinese Jiang Shi is way different from the traditional vampire and zombie. Same goes with the Japanese Ningyo and traditional western mermaids as well as the Adlet with regular werewolves. Nevertheless, in this selection, we’ll look at aquatic creatures like the French Melusine, the Jormungand from Norse Mythology, the Aztec Ahuizotl, the Scottish Nucklelavee, as well as the cryptids like the Ogopogo from Canada and the Mokele-Mbembe from Africa. From Greek Mythology, we’ll see the parents of all monsters named Echidna and Typhon, the Peryton, and the Lamia. And then we have the cryptid Skunk Ape from the Everglades, the Elemental from Paracelsus, the Lich, the English giant Gogmagog, and the Piasa from Native American Legend. So without further adieu, here are some more mythological monstrosities for your pleasure.

 

106. Melusine

Let's just say there's a good reason why Melusine wanted some time by herself on Saturdays. Still, she probably should've told her husband about her lower half before they were married. Would've saved a lot of trouble.

Let’s just say there’s a good reason why Melusine wanted some time by herself on Saturdays. Still, she probably should’ve told her husband about her lower half before they were married. Would’ve saved a lot of trouble.

Type: Hybrid, Water Monster, Humanoid
From: French Folklore
Features: Half woman and half fish or serpent. Could be depicted with tails or wings. Some stories have her as a traditional siren. Considered beautiful from the waist up. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Let’s just say, she greatly values her privacy, especially when it came to bathing on a Saturday. May have been this way as a curse for being taken to Avalon in some stories. Also, hates to be teased about her lower half. Can turn into a dragon and is said to surface every 7 years.
Habitat: Streams and rivers.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the legend. In some stories, she’s a siren who calls to lead men to their watery deaths. In others, she’s a stealer of children who also beckons them at night and leads them to drown. In her most famous story, she’s actually pretty nice but she could turn into a dragon if you dare piss her off about what’s below her waist.
Can It Be Domesticated?: She’s part human, so no.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, she did leave her husband when he called her a serpent in front of court after he caught her bathing. Should’ve married the founder of Starbucks. At least she could model for the logo.

 

107. Elemental

Of course, if you take the water elemental out, you get the 1970s R&B and soul music from the other three basic elements of Earth, Wind, & Fire. Of course, I'm sure that group with actual elementals won't go too well though.

Of course, if you take the water elemental out, you get the 1970s R&B and soul music from the other three basic elements of Earth, Wind, & Fire. Of course, I’m sure that group with actual elementals won’t go too well though.

Type: Humanoid, Anthropomorphic Being, Spirit
From: 16th century alchemical writings of Paracelsus
Features: Human like creature of the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. There are four different types like Gnome (earth), Undine (water), Sylph (air), and Salamander (fire).
Behavior: Can summon their element into reality. A Salamander could shoot fire balls. A Gnome can cause earthquakes. An Undine can start tidal waves. Said to be longer lived than man but ceased existence upon death.
Habitat: Worldwide?
Is It Dangerous?: Well, though occasionally described as nice, they are often portrayed as evil or unkind. So make what you will. Also, while they are mischievous and like to play, they tend to cause disasters.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how.

 

108. Jormungand

Jormungand is another of Loki's monstrous children that is so large his body forms a circle around the entirety of Midgard. Of course, at Raganarok, he and Thor will kill each other.

Jormungand is another of Loki’s monstrous children that is so large his body forms a circle around the entirety of Midgard. Of course, at Raganarok, he and Thor will kill each other after he gets rid of all life with his poisonous breath first.

Type: Serpent, Sea Monster, Ouroburos
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Enormous snake with huge fangs and a flat tail. Basically is so large that he can circle Midgard and grasp his own tail.
Behavior: Solitary and is always in a bad mood. Spends much of his time biting his own tail until Raganarok.
Habitat: Oceans across the world.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. His huge fangs could spit deadly venom which and is capable of exhaling poisonous gas that could kill all living creatures. Also could cause natural disasters whenever he pleased.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell, no. Besides, he’s Loki’s son. Yes, that Loki.
How to Get Rid of It: Destined to die at Raganarok. He and Thor are said to kill each other. Yes, he kills Thor as well as practically any creature that doesn’t drown.

 

109. Skunk Ape (a. k. a. Swamp Ape)

Now the Skunk Ape is seen as a Bigfoot from Florida which lives in the Everglades. However, it gives off a stench so foul that you wouldn't want to go anywhere near it. Of course, this Indian probably has no sense of smell to be that close.

Now the Skunk Ape is seen as a Bigfoot from Florida which lives in the Everglades. However, it gives off a stench so foul that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it. Of course, this Indian probably has no sense of smell to be that close.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid
From: United States
Features: Large body covered in orange fur with glowing eyes of either red or green. Bipedal. Said to be 8ft tall and 300lbs. Has very long forearms and an unbelievably horrifying stench.
Behavior: Said to roll itself in the bodies of dead animals so humans could stay away from it. Solitary and nocturnal. Probably omnivorous and very strong.
Habitat: The Everglades in Florida.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s smell may make you pass out but that’s about it as far as we know.
Can It Be Domesticated?: I don’t think you’d want to.
How to Get Rid of It: You’d probably just want to take a picture upon seeing it. Yet, you might want to protect your nose.

 

110. Lich

When researching for a Lich, I can't help but remark on how similar this creature is to Lord Voldemort. I mean Voldemort is sort of an undead entity and powerful magician known to commit evil deeds to achieve eternal life. Yet, I'm not sure if Voldemort could command legions of undead though.

When researching for a Lich, I can’t help but remark on how similar this creature is to Lord Voldemort. I mean Voldemort is sort of an undead entity and powerful magician known to commit evil deeds to achieve eternal life. Yet, I’m not sure if Voldemort could command legions of undead though.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Various Tales
Features: Skeletal looking and cadaverous. Often portrayed wearing a black cloak and carrying a staff. Sometimes depicted with armor.
Behavior: Extremely clever and capable of shape shifting as well as other magical powers. Can easily control other undead entities and often uses them as soldiers or servants. Very powerful and tends to be immortal out of its own choice. Usually tend to be magicians and wizards who used dark magic to prolong life or live forever.
Habitat: Worldwide.
Is It Dangerous?: Hell, yes. Is extremely powerful and capable of unimaginable evil and destruction. Will trick and empower any opposing human and any other force it encounters. Serves no one and if it joins forces, it’s always to execute one of its own selfish and devious schemes. Never trust one.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Does Lord Voldemort qualify? Seriously, he was defeated and much of this entry basically describes him. Yet, it helps to understand how a Lich would get to its present state as known in the Harry Potter books.

 

111. Ogopogo

Known as the "Loch Ness Monster of Canada" the Ogopogo hasn't been as well known outside its native Canada. Still, if you live in North America and can't afford to go to Loch Ness, I'm sure a trip to Lake Okanagan is a suitable alternative.

Known as the “Loch Ness Monster of Canada” the Ogopogo hasn’t been as well known outside its native Canada. Still, if you live in North America and can’t afford to go to Loch Ness, I’m sure a trip to Lake Okanagan is a suitable alternative.

Type: Water Monster, Serpent, Cryptid
From: Native American Legend
Features: Large serpent with big pointy horns and seal like flippers. Said to be between 40-50ft long. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Lake Okanagan in British Columbia in Canada. Said to dwell in an underwater cave.
Is It Dangerous?: Always waiting to feast on whatever crosses its path. The shores of Monster Island are said to have been the display of leftover blood and scattered bones of its victims.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Local tribes would through dead fish or cattle to safely cross the lake to appease it. In the 1900s, crossing ferries were said to be armed. Still, even these techniques don’t always work. Nevertheless, you can always take a picture of it and send it to the History Channel or National Geographic.

 

112. Mokele-Mbembe

The Mokele-Mbembe is a cryptid that has inspired many a futile expedition to the African Congo in search for it. Still, this doesn't stop cable TV in the US from trying to film it while braving mosquitoes.

The Mokele-Mbembe is a cryptid that has inspired many a futile expedition to the African Congo in search for it. Still, this doesn’t stop cable TV in the US from trying to film this living dinosaur while braving mosquitoes and hippos.

Type: Water Monster, Cryptid, Living Dinosaur
From: African Folklore
Features: Large body with long neck. Said to be as big as an elephant or 15-30ft long as well as brownish gray. Has a row of short spikes protruding from the back of its neck. Some accounts say it resembles a sauropod while others compare its looks to a rhinoceros or elephant.
Behavior: Solitary and clearly wants to be left alone. Territorial herbivore that is said to appear at sunrise and sunset.
Habitat: The Congo River in Central Africa.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it won’t eat you but that’s about it. Then again, being an herbivore should give no indication that it’s safe, especially in a continent known for many mean plant eaters that do attack people.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Don’t even think about it.
How to Get Rid of It: You wouldn’t want to get rid of this monster. I’m sure if you encounter it, the folks at National Geographic, Syfy, the Discovery Channel, or the History Channel might want to do a special.

 

113. Gogmagog

While Gogmagog may have been able to wipe away armies with brute force, he wasn't very savvy with battle tactics. Of course, this proved his undoing according to Geoffrey of Monmouth.

While Gogmagog may have been able to wipe away armies with brute force, he wasn’t very savvy with battle tactics. Of course, this proved his undoing according to Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Type: Humanoid
From: English Folklore
Features: Distorted human like body and twice the size like 13ft tall. Has bulging muscles. Wore animal skins with the heads and claws still attached to keep warm.
Behavior: Said to be extremely powerful and the combined strength of 20 men. May have been the son of a demon. Not very battle savvy and used simple weapons.
Habitat: England.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, since his story was written during the Middle Ages where giants were said to be known for terrorizing villages, I would say yes.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Thrown off a cliff in a duel by Corineus.

 

114. Echidna

This is how the "Mother of All Monsters" Echidna gets dressed.... for dinner. I'm sure she likes to chomp on a man's strong bicep muscles. Still, it's strange that a cute little monotreme is named after this viper lady.

This is how the “Mother of All Monsters” Echidna gets dressed…. for dinner. I’m sure she likes to chomp on a man’s strong bicep muscles. Still, it’s strange that a cute little monotreme is named after this viper lady.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Serpent
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Has an upper half of a beautiful woman and a lower half of a serpent. Extremely beautiful from the waist up. Sometimes depicted with more than one snake on her lower body or with wings. May have speckled skin.
Behavior: More or less remembered for her destructive children with Typhon and attacking Olympus with her husband but Zeus kept them at bay (she’s not called “Mother of Monsters” for nothing). Yet, her and Typhon seem to have a great relationship. May be part nymph.
Habitat: Greece. Lives in a cave in a hollow rock after Typhon was sealed at Mt. Etna.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes despite having a spiked egg laying mammal from Australia named after her that’s quite cute. Known to entice men with her tantalizing attractiveness while concealing her lower half so she could lure them in the darkness to kill and devour.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Murdered by the 100 eyed giant Argus Panoptes in her sleep.

 

115. Ahuizotl

Sure this dog may look pretty cute but keep in mind that it has an appetite for human flesh and tends to drag its victims to a watery death by drowning.

Sure this dog may look pretty cute but keep in mind that it has an appetite for human flesh and tends to drag its victims to a watery death by drowning.

Type: Hybrid, Water Monster
From: Aztec Mythology
Features: Dog and monkey cross with 5 hands. Small with black, shiny, and smooth skin. Has a long tail.
Behavior: Hands are very agile and capable of manipulation like those of a monkey and tail is very powerful.
Habitat: Near Lake Texcoco.
Is It Dangerous?: Hell yes. Has a vicious appetite for human parts and has a particular liking for nails, eyes, and teeth. Leaves leftover corpses completely unscathed except toothless with empty eye sockets and mutilated digits. Waits for a meal by hiding in a watery cave weeping like an abandoned infant. Passerby curious hikers who found themselves a little too close to the water ‘s edge would be snatched by its long powerful tail and additional creepy hand and dragged to a watery death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

116. Lamia

Now I know Lamia is a monstrous humanoid creature hybrid known to kill children. Yet, somehow I have to feel bad for her since her affair with Zeus led Hera to force her to devour her kids and be turned into this. Seriously, what the fuck, Hera?

Now I know Lamia is a monstrous humanoid creature hybrid known to kill children. Yet, somehow I have to feel bad for her since her affair with Zeus led Hera to force her to devour her kids and be turned into this. Seriously, what the fuck, Hera?

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Has woman’s head, scaly body, four legs, and a tail. In some stories, she has a body of a serpent and has her eyes removed by Zeus. Resembles more of a mermaid in Spanish mythology.
Behavior: Was once a Libyan Queen who had an affair with Zeus that led Hera forcing her to eat any children she had with the king of Mount Olympus. Is unable to close her eyes forever and is eternally haunted by the images of dead children.
Habitat: Libya.
Is It Dangerous?: Not in Spanish mythology in which she’s only angered when you try to steal her golden hair combs. In Greek mythology however, she has been cursed with an insatiable taste for kiddie flesh. In other stories, she just uses her beauty to lure young men to feed on their blood.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how. Seriously, we’re not sure.

 

117. Nuckelavee

Now a Nuckelavee may seem to have a form of centaur yet it is basically skin less and a creature of sheer terror. His breath could doom a village to starvation and plague. Let's just say you wouldn't want to go near it.

Now a Nuckelavee may seem to have a form of centaur yet it is basically skin less and a creature of sheer terror. His breath could doom a village to starvation and plague. Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to go near it.

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster, Divine Horse
From: Orkney Folklore
Features: Skinless monster that resembles a centaur or a man on horse. Has an enlarged head and its head, veins, and tendons are all exposed. Has black blood as well as a gaping mouth with a long black tongue and sharp teeth.
Behavior: Has powerful muscles. Solitary.
Habitat: Great Britain. Prefers stale and stagnate waters.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. Has diseased, rancid, and deadly breath that could wilt crops, spread plague, and sicken livestock while on one of his rampages. One of the more malevolent monsters in the Scottish Islands.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Swim in a stream of running water. It’s the only way you could escape him.

 

118. Peryton

Perytons may seem like graceful creatures but keep in mind that they aren't vegetarians and have to kill one human being to appease their Atlantian gods. So to get rid of one, you have to let it kill you.

Perytons may seem like graceful creatures but keep in mind that they aren’t vegetarians and have to kill one human being to appease their Atlantian gods. So to get rid of one, you have to let it kill you.

Type: Hybrid, Divine Bird
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Head of a deer with wings of an eagle. Has sharp teeth and long razor like fangs as well as sharp pointy antlers. May have front legs of a stag but hind legs of a bird.
Behavior: Used to be the inhabitants of Atlantis until it sank into the Atlantic Ocean but they were unable to find their souls again.
Habitat: Mediterranean Sea.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, their main objective pertains to killing a human being to regain favor with the Atlantian gods. Are constantly stalking people to kill them so their souls could be at ease.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, if you want to get rid of one, you’d have to let it kill you.

 

119. Typhon (a. k. a. Typheus, Tyhaon, or Typhos)

Typhon was one of the fiercest monsters in Greek Mythology. When he and his wife Echidna tried to attack Mount Olympus after the Titans were imprisoned, all the gods were terrified of him but Zeus. Of course, thanks to Zeus, Typhon would be eternally sealed in Mount Etna.

Typhon was one of the fiercest monsters in Greek Mythology. When he and his wife Echidna tried to attack Mount Olympus after the Titans were imprisoned, all the gods were terrified of him but Zeus. Of course, thanks to Zeus, Typhon would be eternally sealed in Mount Etna.

Type: Hybrid, Serpent
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Enormous multi-headed monster with wings and serpent’s body. Once described as having heads of all dragons on his arms and a snake head through his neck though he’s mostly depicted with one human head. Bottom half was said to consist of viper coils which made a hissing noise. Whole body was said to be covered in wings. Appearances vary by description.
Behavior: Best known for fathering a bunch of monstrous kids with Echidna (thus being “Father of All Monsters”) and going to war against Zeus after the latter imprisoned the Titans.
Habitat: Greece. Sealed in a cave at Mount Etna.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Oozes with venom from his mouths while lava spews from his eyes. Was so infamous that most of the gods on Mount Olympus fled and Zeus had to take him on all by himself. Also, said to have such an explosive temper that he starts eruptions on Mt. Etna.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Sealed in Mount Etna by Zeus after he tried to attack Mount Olympus.

 

120. Piasa

The Piasa is a legendary creature from Mississippian culture with a cliff image that was found by a French priest Father Jacques Marquette in 1673. However, we're not sure whether mythology from it was either ancient or just made up by a guy named John Russell.

The Piasa is a legendary creature from Mississippian culture with a cliff image that was found by a French priest Father Jacques Marquette in 1673. However, we’re not sure whether mythology from it was either ancient or just made up by a guy named John Russell. Still looks pretty cool.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Dragon, Divine Bird
From: Native American Legend
Features: Has a face of an angry bearded man, large antlers from its head, bat like (or bird like) wings, and four legs. Said to have a mouthful of sharp pointy teeth and powerful talons on its hind legs. Also said to be covered in scales and have a scorpion tail. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Very strong that it can easily carry a bison with its huge talons to its home in the high cliffs.
Habitat: Along the Mississippi River in the United States.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, for once the Illini arrived it seemed to develop a taste for human flesh that the people needed to do something about it.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, a chief managed to get his people to trap the monster and shoot it with poison arrows while he acted as bait.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 7 – Nymph to Sarimanok

Mythological creatures can come in all shapes and sizes yet in stories they tend to be cast as the villainous monsters that terrorize villages, has a taste for humans and livestock, and what not. Still, it seems everyone likes to see heroes fighting monsters of one sort or another. Nevertheless, a lot of these creatures are dangerous such as dragons, serpents, and sea monsters, even though they may seem real cool. Still, in this selection, we’ll explore monsters like the six headed Scylla and the giant whirlpool Charybdis from Greek Mythology as well as the Nymph whose personality may vary. We’ll also take a look at fiends like the Headless Horseman you remember from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Succubus, the Jiang Shi from China, the Grim Reaper, the Skeletal Warrior from Ancient Rome, and the Dhampir from the Balkans. On the urban legend angle we’ll see beasts like the British Beast of Bodmin, the Waheela from Canada, and the Lusca from Caribbean Mythology. And last but not least, we’ll examine the Ningyo from Japan which is a Japanese mermaid, the European Fairy, and the Sarimanok from the Philippines which is mostly depicted funky colored chicken. So now without further adieu, I bring you more legendary creatures for your enjoyment.

 

91. Nymph

Nymphs appear a lot in Greek Mythology and have a wide range of personalities. Many of them tend to serve as the companions and assistants to the gods and heroes. Yet, they are a diverse group of beings with a lot of different functions that would take up a whole blog post of its own.

Nymphs appear a lot in Greek Mythology and have a wide range of personalities. Many of them tend to serve as the companions and assistants to the gods and heroes. Yet, they are a diverse group of beings with a lot of different functions that would take up a whole blog post of its own.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Usually are nubile as well as beautiful young maidens and are nature deities. There are several different types like Nereids, Naiads, Dryads, Oreads, Oceanids, and others.
Behavior: Love to dance and sing as well as are allegedly sexually promiscuous, but this doesn’t apply to all of them (there are many legends in which they weren’t as with Daphne). Are immortal but can reproduce and die from unnatural causes (as with Eurydice). Are usually handmaidens or sex partners to many of the gods. Target of satyrs.
Habitat: Any natural setting in Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they can be if you refuse to have sex with them or honor their patron god as in Orpheus’ case in some legends. Also can turn into other monsters.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re humanoid and work for the Greek gods so, no.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, just because they’re technically immortal doesn’t mean you can’t kill them for they can be murdered.

 

92. Ningyo

While western mermaids can be described as having a human upper body and a fish tail, the Ningyo can have a varying amount of human and fish features depending on the story. Sometimes they just resemble a fish with a human face or be seen as hideously ugly or deformed otherworldly nightmares.

While western mermaids can be described as having a human upper body and a fish tail, the Ningyo can have a varying amount of human and fish features depending on the story. Sometimes they just resemble a fish with a human face or be seen as hideously ugly or deformed otherworldly nightmares. Let’s say that the Japanese mermaids don’t fit the traditional stereotype.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Sea Monster
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Basically they look like mermaids, except their descriptions tend to vary. Some describe it as a giant fish with a human face and a full head of hair. Sometimes depicted with horns or fangs. Sometimes portrayed as ugly or resemble as a human with scaly arms and clawed hands akin to the Creature of the Black Lagoon. At times can be seen as more human but have distorted demonic features, alabaster skin, and voices like flutes or song birds. Tend to portrayed as a Japanese mermaid though.
Behavior: Tend to warn humans about potential disasters and good fortune. Also can shape shift as well as live for a very long time like 800 years. Could cry tears of pearls. Omnivorous.
Habitat: Pacific Ocean and off the Japanese coast.
Is It Dangerous?: Usually helpful creatures but some legends do have them lure people into the ocean to kill them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not since they’re part human.
How to Get Rid of It: Capture on in a net or have it wash ashore without water.

 

93. Charybdis

In the Strait of Messina sailors had to face a tough decision between Scylla and Charybdis, both which would bring harm. Charybdis was known to suck in ships and spit them out. Let's say that Odysseus was lucky to grab onto that fig tree.

In the Strait of Messina sailors had to face a tough decision between Scylla and Charybdis, both which would bring harm. Charybdis was known to suck in ships and spit them out. Let’s say that Odysseus was lucky to grab onto that fig tree.

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster
From: Greek Mythology
Features: A giant whirlpool or basically a sea monster that creates a giant whirlpool.
Behavior: Solitary. May have been a nymph but was turned into a sea monster for stealing one Hercules’ sheep.
Habitat: The Strait of Messina between Sicily and Italy.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, she’s a deadly giant whirpool known to swallow waters into the sea and thrust them back 3 times a day. Any ship caught in this devastating whirlpool would be totally screwed. If you can grab onto something like a tree, you may survive.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m afraid you can’t. However, Odysseus did manage to survive by clinging on a fig tree when his raft was swallowed up.

 

94. Scylla

Opposite of Charybdis was Scylla which was a cave dwelling and six headed sea monster. If you wish to pass her, you'd have to give up six of your sailors. Of course, Odysseus tried to have her mom intervene but lost six sailors anyway.

Opposite of Charybdis was Scylla which was a cave dwelling and six headed sea monster. If you wish to pass her, you’d have to give up six of your sailors. Of course, Odysseus tried to have her mom intervene but lost six sailors anyway. Imagine if that monster worked as a toll booth operator for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Hey, anything’s better than six men isn’t it?

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Has six heads with very long necks that stretch from her cave. Depictions of heads vary in appearance. Sometimes portrayed with tentacles.
Behavior: Solitary. May have been a nymph but was turned into a monster over a love affair or something.
Habitat: The Strait of Messina between Italy and Sicily.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. She was known to devour six sailors with each of her six heads. Odysseus lost six of his sailors this way.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Odysseus didn’t actually do anything but he just asked her mom Crataeis from pouncing on his ship more than once. Yet, she did manage to devour six of his men though.

 

95. Beast of Bodmin (a. k. a. Beast of Bodmin Moor)

The Beast of Bodmin Moor is a little known cryptid from Britain which has been rumored to mutilate livestock. While experts doubt its existence, it didn't stop a big cat skull to turn up (which was found to be a hoax).

The Beast of Bodmin Moor is a little known cryptid from Britain which has been rumored to mutilate livestock. While experts doubt its existence, it didn’t stop a big cat skull to turn up (which was found to be a hoax).

Type: Cryptid, Abnormal Animal
From: Great Britain
Features: A large black panther with red eyes. Sometimes depicted as a dog or a cat.
Behavior: Solitary and active 24/7.
Habitat: The Bodmin area of England.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s been known to attack and mutilate livestock. Might’ve slaughtered 24 people in a jail in 1515. So yes.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

96. Headless Horseman

While best known as the scary ghost that drove out Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman has been a motif in European Folklore since the Middle Ages. Has appeared in the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" as well as in the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

While best known as the scary ghost that drove out Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman has been a motif in European Folklore since the Middle Ages. Has appeared in the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” as well as in the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: Celtic and Germanic Mythology (though most famous in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”)
Features: Basically a headless ghost man on a horse. May have something to stand in for his head like a gold object or a jack o’lantern.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Spends a lot of his time searching for his missing head.
Habitat: Europe and the United States (particularly Sleepy Hollow in New York). Tends to live in graveyards.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, according to what happened to Ichabod Crane who was pursued by one on Halloween. Actually we’re not sure whether he died or just skipped town. In Celtic Mythology, it causes a death as soon as it stops riding and calls out a name.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Try to find his head. Oh, wait, you can’t. Maybe have him chase you through a bridge at a town entrance since he’s incapable of crossing one. Then again, he threw his pumpkin head to Ichabod.

 

97. Succubus

Sure she may look appealing but guys, any sexual intercourse with a succubus could result in sleep paralysis. If a man has sex with a succubus often enough, he could die and suffer eternal damnation as a result. Same goes with women who encounter an incubus which may result in a demon child or Merlin.

Sure she may look appealing but guys, any sexual intercourse with a succubus could result in sleep paralysis. If a man has sex with a succubus often enough, he could die and suffer eternal damnation as a result. Same goes with women who encounter an incubus which may result in a demon child or Merlin.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Middle Eastern and European Folklore
Features: Sexually appealing human body of a woman and may have demonic features like bat wings. Used to be portrayed being hideously disfigured and having 3 sets of breasts and talon like nails. Descriptions vary from legend and appear most pleasing to their intended victims. Male counterpart is Incubus.
Behavior: They are capable of super speed, strength, and stamina. Can shape shift as well as appear in dreams and are immortal.
Habitat: Worldwide and Hell.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh yes. Feed off of souls of young men in their sleep. Victims are said to feel something sitting on their nether region one night and drained, unable to move, and petrified after experiencing a wonderful erotic dream the night before. Repeated sexual activity with one may result in health deterioration and/or death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in Hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Go to sleep wearing a cross necklace or crucifix. That, or don’t go to sleep at all for a while.

 

98. Jiang Shi (a. k. a. Jiangshi)

The Jiang Shi is basically a Chinese cross between a vampire and a zombie. Like vampires, they're  dressed in aristocratic that is outdated by at least 100 years. Yet, like a zombie it doesn't really have much of personality since it can't speak. Still, wouldn't do well in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video since it can only move by hopping with its arms outstretched.

The Jiang Shi is basically a Chinese cross between a vampire and a zombie. Like vampires, they’re dressed in aristocratic that is outdated by at least 100 years. Yet, like a zombie it doesn’t really have much of personality since it can’t speak. Still, wouldn’t do well in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video since it can only move by hopping with its arms outstretched.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Chinese Mythology
Features: A reanimated corpse with long strong fingernails. Tend to wear very old fashion clothes since they only wake up every hundred years. May have greenish white skin and a long prehensile tongue. Kind of a Chinese version of a vampire or zombie. Appearances vary. Depicted in the fashion of the dynastic Chinese nobility.
Behavior: Moves around with a stiff hopping gait and arms outstretched. Created when the soul refuses to leave a deceased’s body due to improper death, suicide, or just the desire to cause trouble. Have no higher consciousness such as independent thought. Can’t see, speak, or hear so they locate their prey with their sense of smell or breathing detection.
Habitat: China and Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. Known to hop around and kill the living and absorbing their life essence.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not. They’re human, dead, and dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Knock it over and it won’t get up. In Japanese legend, if you can hold your breath, you can escape them. You can also ward them off by writing a special spell on thin yellow paper using chicken blood as ink and stick it to its forehead. Another method is throwing rice in their tracks because these creatures can’t pass until they’ve counted every single grain. Mirrors, rooster calls, items made from peach tree wood, Jujube seeds, Azuki beans, Ba gua signs, handbells, axes, brooms, toadstools, and stonemason’s awls are also useful. Same goes for thread stained with black ink, fire, hooves of a black donkey, the I Ching, the Tong Shu, and blood of a black dog.

 

99. Grim Reaper (a. k. a. Angel of Death, Spectre of Death, or Death)

In Western society the Grim Reaper has served as a personification of death. He is known to show up when someone is nearing the last few minutes of life. You may try to get out of it but if you do, it won't be for long. And if you play chess with the Grim Reaper, you'll lose.

In Western society the Grim Reaper has served as a personification of death. He is known to show up when someone is nearing the last few minutes of life. You may try to get out of it but if you do, it won’t be for long. And if you play chess with the Grim Reaper, you’ll lose.

Type: Spirit, Undead, Humanoid
From: 16th Century European Legend
Features: Usually depicted as a skull face wearing a black cloak and hood. Is usually seen carry a scythe or hourglass. Sometimes accompanied by a raven or black crow. Yet, in The Seventh Seal, he resembles a young Max von Sydow. Has hidden wings so he could fly.
Behavior: Very smart second to God and will even beat the best grandmasters in a game of chess. Yet, some stories have him tricked, bribed, or outwitted to retain someone’s life. Can teleport, use telekinesis, and rip out someone’s soul if he or she is condemned to Hell. Could sense living and dead people in his midst. Solitary and active 24/7.
Habitat: Worldwide. Usually hangs out in old folks homes, crime ridden neighborhoods, Third World countries, and hospitals.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, he usually doesn’t show up until it’s your time to die so you can’t really say he’s dangerous. Then again, there are tales in which he could cause the victim’s death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t. He’s Death so you can’t get rid of or avoid him. Even if you can outwit, trick, or bribe him, he will be back. If he shows up after you, just accept your fate and join him.

 

100. Waheela (a. k. a. Bear Dog)

While the Waheela in this picture may seem happily domesticated by this wolfskin wearing woman in this painting, remember that its home is translated into "The Headless Valley" because of the mysterious decapitations that took place there. Still, it's usually the beast to blame. You don't want to domesticate that, would you?

While the Waheela in this picture may seem happily domesticated by this wolfskin wearing woman in this painting, remember that its home is translated into “The Headless Valley” because of the mysterious decapitations that took place there. Still, it’s usually the beast to blame. You don’t want to domesticate that, would you?

Type: Cryptid, Hybrid
From: Canada
Features: Resembles a cross between a bear and a wolf. Once described as a wolf on steroids with shorter legs. Depictions may vary.
Behavior: Travel in groups of two or three. Said to be capable of supernatural powers and live for over 10,000 years.
Habitat: The Nahanni Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
Is It Dangerous?: It’s habitat is also known as “The Headless Valley” because of the mysterious deaths this creature may have been responsible for resulted in bodies found that had missing heads.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

 

101. Lusca

No, that's not a sharkoctopus created in some lab experiment but close. It's actually a Lusca from Caribbean Mythology said to live in the blue holes in the Bahamas. Let's say just this monster needs its own franchise if you know what I mean.

No, that’s not a sharkoctopus created in some lab experiment but close. It’s actually a Lusca from Caribbean Mythology said to live in the blue holes in the Bahamas. Let’s say just this monster needs its own franchise if you know what I mean.

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster, Cryptid
From: Caribbean Folklore
Features: Gigantic and cross between a shark and an octopus. Described as having a shark’s head and huge octopus tentacles. Said to be between 75-200ft. Tales range from them being portrayed as multi-headed monsters, dragon like beasts, evil entities, or some type of extremely large eels.
Behavior: Can change color and blend in to hide their surroundings.
Habitat: Blue holes found in the waters around the Bahamas.
Is It Dangerous?: Known to surge out and attack out of blue holes. Said to have entire ships sunk in such blue holes in giant whirlpools only have the wreckage float back after. Some have never returned. Known to terrorize fishermen and other inhabitants.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Have it wash ashore? Torpedoes?

 

102. Fairy

Like nymphs, fairies can come in all shapes and sizes but they're usually depicted small with insect wings as well as be in the form of pretty women. Still, they have appeared in everything in Western literature from Shakespeare, King Arthur, Rudyard Kipling, and Peter Pan.

Like nymphs, fairies can come in all shapes and sizes but they’re usually depicted small with insect wings as well as be in the form of pretty women. Still, they have appeared in everything in Western literature from Shakespeare, King Arthur, Rudyard Kipling, and Peter Pan.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid, Imp
From: Western European Mythology
Features: Human like that’s usually very small and portrayed with insect or butterfly wings. Yet, can be tall, glowing, and angelic. Said to be dead beings, an intelligent species, or demoted angels. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Have magical powers. May travel in groups or be solitary. At best can be regarded as blessed and holy, eager to seek help from humans in return of kindness with gifts and favors. At worst can be harassing hordes to travelers and lead people astray.
Habitat: Gardens and woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Can range from benevolent to malicious. So it greatly depends on the story. At worst, can be known as anything from pranksters to kidnapping children and the elderly.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Once again, depends on the story. Still, even good fairies should be treated with respect.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure if you want to or can.

 

103. Skeletal Warrior

While some skeletons can bring reminders of death and mortality, there are those in undead armies that bring death to people and seem almost indestructible.

While some skeletons can bring reminders of death and mortality, there are those in undead armies that bring death to people and seem almost indestructible.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Ancient Romany Mythology
Features: Weapon wielding humanoid skeleton. Could be armed with daggers, helmets, swords, shields, and spears. Said to be remains of dead heroes and soldiers from previously destroyed armies.
Behavior: Have an arsenal consisting of any weapons by a living soldier of battle from any army that ever existed. Travel in groups. Have supernatural strength and can use magic.
Habitat: Wherever they are called upon by evil magic.
Is It Dangerous?: Have an inhuman strength to conquer all who oppose them. Seen as omens of death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by evil magicians. According to Ancient Roman mythology, they could be bodyguards of the gods.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how or if they can. Perhaps destroy the person who summoned them.

 

104. Dhampir

Dhampirs are basically children of vampires and humans who don't lead very nice lives. They usually tend to have uneasy tormented childhoods, have no permanent residence, and usually become vampire slayers because it's one of a few good avenues for employment. Also tend to die horribly in some stories.

Dhampirs are basically children of vampires and humans who don’t lead very nice lives. They usually tend to have uneasy tormented childhoods, have no permanent residence, and usually become vampire slayers because it’s one of a few good avenues for employment. Also tend to die horribly in some stories.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid, Undead
From: Balkan Folklore
Features: Offspring of a human and a vampire. Albanian legends say that they untamed dark or black hair and lack a shadow. Bulgarian Folklore states that they are very dirty from having a soft body, no nails, and bones as well as a deep mark on the back like a tail. They may also have larger than normal ears, eyes, and noses. Sometimes said to have a slippery-jelly like body and only live a short life.
Behavior: Usually nomads who may have rejected their vampire/human blood. Yet, they have a lot of powers associated with vampirism like enhanced senses, psychic powers, and superhuman strength. Many tend to be vampire hunters themselves. May be the only ones to see vampires invisibly. However, they don’t have any vampire weaknesses or watered down.
Habitat: Worldwide.
Is It Dangerous?: Tries not to be, at least to humans. This doesn’t mean they aren’t.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No, they’re actually humans and want to be treated as such. Yet, they could be hired as vampire hunters by villages.
How to Get Rid of It: Though they don’t age after adulthood or die of natural causes, they can be killed. Also, they can be killed with a stake through the heart.

 

105. Sarimanok (a. k. a. Itotoro)

The legendary Sarimanok is a beautiful rainbow colored bird as well as a symbol of the Maranao people of the Philippines. Still, it tends to be depicted as a chicken nonetheless leading some to suspect it as created by someone on psychedelic drugs.

The legendary Sarimanok is a beautiful rainbow colored bird as well as a symbol of the Maranao people of the Philippines. Still, it tends to be depicted as a chicken nonetheless leading some to suspect it as created by someone on psychedelic drugs.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Maranao Mythology (possibly Islamic Legend)
Features: Bird with colorful wings and feathered tail. Sometimes is depicted as a colorful rooster or holding a fish in its beak or talons. Head is decorated with scroll, leaf, and spiral motifs sometimes.
Behavior: Capable of magical powers, shape shifting, and good fortune. May serve as medium to the spirit world via its unseen twin spirit bird Inikadowa.
Habitat: The Mindano Region of the Philippines.
Is It Dangerous?: I’m not so sure but it doesn’t seem to be.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Probably not.
How to Get Rid of It: Since it’s a symbol of the Maranao people of the Philippines that denotes good fortune, I would highly advise against getting rid of this Technicolor chicken.

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.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 5 – Hippogriff to Dwayyo

Some of the legendary creatures depicted in this series are derived from mythological stories, superstitions, and folklore passed on through generations over centuries and have been well represented in the media or in art. Others are cryptozoological creatures alleged to actually exist in contemporary times though its existence has yet to be documented by the scientific community. However, these creatures can also appear in the former category yet many are usually the stuff of urban legend where the lines of truth and fiction are blurred. In this selection, we’ll see cryptids like Spring-heeled Jack and Owlman from Britain, the Dover Demon, the Squonk, and the Dwayyo from the United States, and the Mongolian Death Worm from the Gobi Desert. As for legendary creatures, we’ll take a look at the Ghoul from the Middle East, the Satyr from Greek Mythology, the Cockatrice, the Hippogriff, and the Catolbepas from Ancient Rome, the Wraith and the Fomorian from Ancient European Folklore, the Noppera-bo from Japanese Mythology, and the Wendigo from Native American legend. So without further adieu, here are more legendary creatures for your pleasure.

 

61. Hippogriff

Though best remembered as a creature from Harry Potter, the Hippogriff was first made by Virgil in his Ecologues though it wouldn't receive its name until the 16th century. So J. K. Rowling didn't make this creature up.

Though best remembered as a creature from Harry Potter, the Hippogriff was first made by Virgil in his Ecologues though it wouldn’t receive its name until the 16th century. So J. K. Rowling didn’t make this creature up.

Type: Hybrid, Divine Bird
From: Roman Mythology (yet, it’s most famously featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.)
Features: Head, wings, and claws like an eagle but body like a horse. Well-toned and muscular. Sometimes depicted as having claws like a lion.
Behavior: Faster, stronger, and more intelligent than griffins. Can move as fast as lightning.
Habitat: Egypt, the Middle East, and parts of Europe and Asia
Is It Dangerous?: Not as long as you can treat them with respect. Otherwise, you know what Buckbeak did to Draco Malfoy.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, they can be easily tamed and serve as companions to knights and sorcerers.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, you can behead it or strike it with an air missile. Yet, you probably don’t want to do that, especially if it’s Buckbeak.

 

62. Satyr

Satyrs are best known for being peaceful forest dwelling creatures known for engaging in hedonistic pleasures like music, dance, wine, and sex. In short, they're kind of like the Greek mythological equivalent of hippies. Yet, why is there one in C. S. Lewis Narnia series I have no idea.

Satyrs are best known for being peaceful forest dwelling creatures known for engaging in hedonistic pleasures like music, dance, wine, and sex. In short, they’re kind of like the Greek mythological equivalent of hippies. Yet, why is there one in C. S. Lewis Narnia series I have no idea.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Human upper body with goat like legs and tail. Usually depicted with brown fur and often as male with horns. Often wear a full beard and have long curly hair. Sometimes seen as old and ugly and sometimes not. At times could be depicted as being well endowed or balding.
Behavior: Associated with pipe playing and play a tail piece during festivals honoring Dionysus in Greek myths. Love wine, music, dance, and any kind of pleasure. Often seen pursuing mountain nymphs and trying to seduce them. Still, they are absolutely fearless and has a deep connection with nature.
Habitat: Deep in woods and mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Only when drunk and/or horny. Still, will only attack in self-defense so don’t try to get on its bad side.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No, for they are humanoid.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how for the Greek myths don’t say. Then again, environmental devastation may do it.

 

63. Cockatrice

Sure this may resemble a dragon with a chicken head. Yet, be warned that this creature is capable of killing you by looking at you, touching you, or even breathing on you. Keep away at all times.

Sure this may resemble a dragon with a chicken head. Yet, be warned that this creature is capable of killing you by looking at you, touching you, or even breathing on you. Keep away at all times.

Type: Hybrid, Dragon
From: Roman Mythology
Features: Head, claws, and wings of a rooster. Has reptile’s body and tail. About as tall as a large rooster. Often depicted as a dragon with a rooster’s head. Tends to be confused with a basilisk.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Can terrorize people into an extreme state of panic. Can turn people into stone just by looking at them as well as kill just by touching and breathing on others. Powers of petrification are still active after death. Has a deadly poisonous breath.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Have a weasel or crow go after it. Also, trick the beast into seeing its own reflection. It also doesn’t like roosters either.

 

64. Ghoul

Ghouls are basically zombies which are more persistent predators for brains and have paralyzing touch. They're also capable of shape shifting as well as lure people into the desert to devour.

Ghouls are basically zombies which are more persistent predators for brains and have paralyzing touch. They’re also capable of shape shifting as well as lure people into the desert to devour.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Arabian Folklore
Features: Undead and decomposing human body in an emaciated form. Skin is pale and lifeless while eyes and hair seem that they have never seen daylight. Appearances vary though.
Behavior: Despite being seemingly weak and fragile, they’re actually very strong. Have powerful hands and fingers. Capable of regeneration and shape shifting. Tends to steal coins. Travel in groups and nocturnal.
Habitat: Worldwide. Live in the desert or abandoned places.
Is It Dangerous?: Very capable of tearing a normal healthy human apart in mere seconds. Their hands can make an incredibly deadly grip. Usually tend to eat on kiddie corpses and drink blood but they would take a living human on occasion and they especially like fresh brain matter. Has a paralyzing touch and is a super persistent predator. Seriously, they make zombies seem friendly. If you survive being bitten by one, you become one of them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Kill it with a single swipe of the sword. If you miss swinging it twice, it will come back to life twice as powerful. A light can also help as well as using fire, acid, or decapitation.

 

65. Catolbepas

Now the catoblepas won't eat you but this doesn't mean that it's safe to be around it. After all, it eats poison plants so its breath could either kill you or turn you into stone. Still, this one pictured doesn't seem too happy for some reason.

Now the catoblepas won’t eat you but this doesn’t mean that it’s safe to be around it. After all, it eats poison plants so its breath could either kill you or turn you into stone. Still, this one pictured doesn’t seem too happy for some reason.

Type: Hybrid
From: Ancient Roman Folklore
Features: Has large boar’s head, a small pig’s body, with wings. Sometimes described as having a body of a buffalo or bull with iron like scales along its back. May be depicted with horns. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Doesn’t see much of anything since its head is so big. Solitary.
Habitat: Ethiopia.
Is It Dangerous?: Has toxic breath due to eating poisonous plants and is capable of killing anything around it. When it sets its eyes on anything living, it turns to stone.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure about that one.

 

66. Wraith

I know this is a ring wraith from Lord of the Rings since it's on a horse. Yet, the dementors from Harry Potter also qualify. Still, these dark spirits usually hunt souls for sport and fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Let's just say, it wouldn't be a good idea to invite a wraith to a Halloween Party, despite being terrifying.

I know this is a ring wraith from Lord of the Rings since it’s on a horse. Yet, the dementors from Harry Potter also qualify. Still, these dark spirits usually hunt souls for sport and fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Let’s just say, it wouldn’t be a good idea to invite a wraith to a Halloween Party, despite being terrifying.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Ancient European Folklore
Features: Often portrayed as dark and shadow like entities wearing black hooded cloaks. Arms, legs, and faces tend to be skeletal. Faces could be endless black holes in their hoods. Sometimes appear as dark and shapeless shadows. May be depicted on deadly horses.
Behavior: Travel in hordes and nocturnal. Very intelligent and are super persistent. Always fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Can make a room seem lifeless and cold in seconds. The dementors from Harry Potter can qualify as these.
Habitat: Worldwide but mostly in dark forests and caves.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, my God, yes. These ghostly terrors hunt souls for sport. They are evil to the core draining the life out of anything they touch and leave bodies lifeless without souls. That or the victims become part of their clan. When angry, can unleash powerful waves of energy with their hate and drain entire villages of the will to live and take their souls.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they were hired by Sauron and Azkaban, but you’d have to be morally bankrupt to use these on people.
How to Get Rid of It: Either try to survive until midnight in a place where it can’t get to you or use holy magic. You could also try cutting its head off.

 

67. Fomorian

The Fomorians were considered to be a race of semi-divine spirits in Ancient Ireland, perhaps being the old gods similar to the Greek Titans. Still, they kind of resemble creatures that you'd find at a bar in Mos Eisley. Just saying.

The Fomorians were considered to be a race of semi-divine spirits in Ancient Ireland, perhaps being the old gods similar to the Greek Titans. Still, they kind of resemble creatures that you’d find at a bar in Mos Eisley. Just saying.

Type: Hybrid
From: Celtic Mythology
Features: Large deformed body made up of animal parts. Appearances vary but every way grotesque looking.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Possess magical powers.
Habitat: Ireland.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to have poisonous skin that oozed with deadly sweat, which doomed any person who made contact with one. Known to terrorize the Irish people, destroy armies, and forced them to make child sacrifices.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Driven by Tuatha De Dannan into the sea.

 

68. Noppera-bo

Sure she may be terrifying with no face but this noppera-bo is usually harmless. Yet, that doesn't mean that she's caused an occasional heart attack once in a while.

Sure she may be terrifying with no face but this noppera-bo is usually harmless. Yet, that doesn’t mean that she’s caused an occasional heart attack once in a while.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Human body without a face. Perhaps impersonating someone familiar to the victim.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Japan. Usually around graveyards.
Is It Dangerous?: No, these ghosts are absolutely harmless.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Sorry, but they’re humanoid and could scare the shit out of you.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t. They’re ghosts for God’s sake.

 

69. Spring-heeled Jack

Spring-heeled Jack may wear an outfit similar to Batman but remember he's not known to be associated with good things. In fact, just the opposite. Still, he's one of the better known creatures from Victorian urban legend.

Spring-heeled Jack may wear an outfit similar to Batman but remember he’s not known to be associated with good things. In fact, just the opposite. Still, he’s one of the better known creatures from Victorian urban legend.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid (may actually be former Cryptid but there were sightings in the Victorian Era. Also, may have inspired Batman in appearance.)
From: 19th century British Folklore
Features: Wears a metal mask to cover his hideous face and breathes blue flames. Has evil glowing eyes and long sharp metal claws. Mask might be part of his face or cover his face after being horribly disfigured with severe burns. Sometimes depicted in a black cape like Batman.
Behavior: Can jump to great heights with extreme speed and ease into surprise attacks or away from authorities. Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: England
Is It Dangerous?: Has been reported attacking several young women and men. Said to blow his blue flame in their faces and freeze them with fear. Would later proceed to slash them with his iron claws.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Sorry, you can’t stop him because he’s always able to escape.

 

70. Wendigo (a. k. a. Windigo or Witiko)

The Wendigo is a very violent creature from Native American legend known to feast on human flesh in snowy forests.  Still, it has been mentioned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1855 Song of Hiawatha. And it is prevalent in a lot of recent media depictions.

The Wendigo is a very violent creature from Native American legend known to feast on human flesh in snowy forests. Still, it has been mentioned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1855 Song of Hiawatha. And it is prevalent in a lot of recent media depictions.

Type: Undead, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Native American Folklore
Features: Has a bone body, sharp crooked teeth, and disfigured face. Has very thin skin and sunken eyes. Said to have a heart of ice visibly seen through the chest pumping. Appearances may vary according to depiction.
Behavior: Solitary and very patient hunter. Said to be formerly human but starved and turned to cannibalism. Known to have the ability to control the weather and bring powerful snowstorms.
Habitat: United States and Canada. Lurks in snowy forests.
Is It Dangerous?: Known for silently stalking its human prey in the snowy forests. Also have the power to summon wild beast to aid in its attacks. Very violent.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely no way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Shatter its icicle heart with a silver stake.

 

71. Dover Demon

The Dover Demon is a strange urban legend creature that was reportedly sighted by two teenagers in 1977 in Dover Massachusetts. Of course, these sightings have ceased for a short period so there's not much to go by. Yet, it's still a good idea for a cheap Halloween costume.

The Dover Demon is a strange urban legend creature that was reportedly sighted by two teenagers in 1977 in Dover Massachusetts. Of course, these sightings have ceased for a short period so there’s not much to go by. Yet, it’s still a good idea for a cheap Halloween costume.

Type: Cryptid, Spirit
From: United States
Features: Watermelon shaped head which is disproportionally large for its body. Has illuminated orange eyes, long, thin arms with slender fingers, as well as sand paper like flesh toned skin. Could be bipedal or walk on all fours. Said to have no nose, no mouth, no ears, and no mouth. Also said to be 3ft tall, chalky skin, and made a blood curdling noise.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Dover, Massachusetts. Lives in forests.
Is It Dangerous?: We’re not totally sure.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Probably not.
How to Get Rid of It: If you’ve seen this, you’d want to take a picture of it. Getting rid of it won’t be in your best interests.

 

72. Mongolian Death Worm

No, that's not an intimidating worm monster from Tatooine but close. It's actually a Mongolian Death Worm which may give Genghis Khan a run for his money. Still, someone in Hollywood really should be pitching a monster movie for this guy.

No, that’s not an intimidating worm monster from Tatooine but close. It’s actually a Mongolian Death Worm which may give Genghis Khan a run for his money. Still, someone in Hollywood really should be pitching a monster movie for this guy.

Type: Cryptid
From: Mongolian Mythology
Features: Enormous slimy red worm with long razor sharp fangs. Body is about 2 -5ft long. Resembles a living piece of intestine riddled with visible veins and gooey slime. That or a giant monster parasite.
Behavior: Solitary. Hibernates most of the year except June and July.
Habitat: The Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes it is. Humans are its favorite prey. Capable of spitting fatal splashes of venom and electricity (even at a distance). Said to make anything it touches turn yellow and corrode. Can emerge from the sands out of nowhere to attack. Touching it causes an instant and painful death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how at this point. Perhaps drop a bomb on it.

 

73. Squonk

Sure this may seem like an idea pet if you're into that sort of thing. However, the Squonk is known to dissolve into tears and bubbles so to capture it is impossible. Sorry kids. Still, a Pittsburgh based art collective is named after this creature called Squonk Opera.

Sure this may seem like an idea pet if you’re into that sort of thing. However, the Squonk is known to dissolve into tears and bubbles so to capture it is impossible. Sorry kids. Still, a Pittsburgh based performance art collective is named after this creature called Squonk Opera.

Type: Cryptid
From: United States
Features: Has unfitting skin covered in warts and blemishes. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Spends a lot of time weeping and hides in plain sight out of being ashamed for its appearance.
Habitat: The hemlock forests of northern Pennsylvania.
Is It Dangerous?: I haven’t heard anything about it that’s dangerous.
Can It Be Domesticated?: It just dissolves into tears and bubbles when hunters try to capture it. Therefore, impossible.
How to Get Rid of It: It just gets rid of itself by dissolving into tears and bubbles.

 

74. Owlman

Behold, Owlman, a man sized owl that haunts the village of Mawnan in Cornwall, England. Its stare could petrify people with fear for days, sometimes weeks. Still, it's said to be Britain's answer to Mothman in the cryptozoological world.

Behold, Owlman, a man sized owl that haunts the village of Mawnan in Cornwall, England. Its stare could petrify people with fear for days, sometimes weeks. Still, it’s said to be Britain’s answer to Mothman in the cryptozoological world.

Type: Divine Bird, Cryptid
From: British Folklore
Features: Human-sized owl with glowing eyes. Has huge razor sharp talons and a large pointy beak. Sometimes depicted as an owl-man hybrid.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Cornwall’s village of Mawnan in England. May live in a church tower.
Is It Dangerous?: Its stare is said to leave whoever encounters it petrified with fear sometimes for days or weeks.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how. Missiles?

 

75. Dwayyo (a. k. a. Dewayyo or the Maryland Dogman)

The Dwayyo is an urban legend creature in Maryland best known for almost resembling a close relation to Chewbacca as well as its ongoing struggle with the Snallygaster. Hey, it's not like I made this stuff up here. That's what the legend says.

The Dwayyo is an urban legend creature in Maryland best known for almost resembling a close relation to Chewbacca as well as its ongoing struggle with the Snallygaster. Hey, it’s not like I made this stuff up here. That’s what the legend says.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid
From: United States
Features: Said to be hairy, have a bushy tail, and is sometimes bipedal. Can be depicted as a werewolf, Bear man, or others. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Enemy of the Snallygaster.
Habitat: Between Middletown and Wolfsville in Maryland.
Is It Dangerous?: Has been known to attack humans according to some news reports.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how. Maybe we should just watch it fight with the Snallygaster.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 4 – Zombie to Adlet

In my series I have gone over many legendary creatures you’re familiar with as well as quite a few you may or may not have heard before. Then there are some you might know rather well but others, well, wouldn’t know otherwise. Still, virtually all of these creatures are mythical as far as I’m concerned. Yet, if you’re tired of having to pick a scary monster to be for Halloween, then this is the blog series for you. In this selection we’ll go over a few favorites like the Zombie, the Unicorn, the Werewolf, the Vampire, the Leprechaun, the Loch Ness Monster, the Goblin, and the Banshee (though I’m not sure about that one). We’ll also see some creatures that you may not have heard before like the Valkyrie from Norse Mythology, the legendary spirit of La Llorona from Latin America and the American Southwest, the Roc and Leviathan from Middle Eastern Mythology, the legendary Stymphalian Bird from Greek Mythology, the Kongamato from Africa, and the Adlet from Inuit legend. So without further adieu, here are some more legendary creatures from myth and urban legend for your pleasure.

 

46. Zombie

From how I see it, this could either be an artistic representation of a zombie rampage or a bunch of them doing the Michael Jackson "Thriller" dance at a rave.

From how I see it, this could either be an artistic representation of a zombie rampage or a bunch of them doing the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance at a rave.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Bantu Mythology and Caribbean Folklore
Features: Reanimated human corpses in different stages of composition. Usually depicted as green.
Behavior: Usually travel in groups and active 24/7. Are stronger than the average person and though they may seem slow, they are actually clever predators who know the value of team work. Also have superhuman stamina and are absolutely fearless.
Habitat: Anywhere humans live but particularly graveyards.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They’re always violent man-eaters searching for new meat and spread disease wherever they go. If bitten by one, you turn into a zombie.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Not on your life.
How to Get Rid of It: Basically you have to decapitate it or aim for its brain. Cuts, blows, bullets, and severed limbs might slow them down but will not stop them. Using fire on them has various effects.

 

47. Unicorn

There's no way anyone could hate these majestic and beautiful creatures, especially little girls and My Little Pony fans. Of course, I hope most My Little Pony fans are little girls. But then again, to each his own.

There’s no way anyone could hate these majestic and beautiful creatures, especially little girls and My Little Pony fans. I mean these legendary creatures are relatively harmless, represent everything wholesome and good, and are associated with rainbows and sparkles. But then again, to each his own. Still, I’m very sure this unicorn is a male since his junk is showing.

Type: Divine Horse
From: Various Mythology and Folklore
Features: Usually horse like with a horn on forehead. Can be of any color but usually white. Tend to be very beautiful. In the past have been described as having a body of a wild ass and being white, read, and black. Sometimes described as having a head of a stag, feet of an elephant, and tail of a boar with a single long black horn. Sometimes depicted with a billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail, and cloven hooves.
Behavior: Solitary and peaceful. Fast and nimble. Blood may have restorative properties but it’s cursed. Also said to poop in rainbows and sparkles.
Habitat: Worldwide, particularly woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Not at all.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, but they’re very difficult to capture. Sometimes can only be trapped by a virgin but good luck finding one.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of one. Seriously, you don’t.

 

48. Valkyrie

Of course, though many may have heard the name of Valkyrie from that Tom Cruise movie, those familiar with this beauty are opera goers and Richard Wagner fans. Then again, we've all heard "Ride of the Valkyries" at least once. I mean how can you not?

Of course, though many may have heard the name of Valkyrie from that Tom Cruise movie, those familiar with this beauty are opera goers and Richard Wagner fans. Then again, we’ve all heard “Ride of the Valkyries” at least once. I mean how can you not?

Type: Humanoid, Spirit
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Beautiful female warriors. Sometimes depicted with wings or riding a magnificent horse. Often portrayed as carrying a shield, sword, and/or spear. Sometimes may yield a bow and arrow. Usually depicted with blond hair and in armor.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Charged with escorting fallen warriors to Valhalla or the Folkvangr. Absolutely fearless but may be the occasionally instigate battles and engage in them.
Habitat: The Viking world of the gods, particularly Asgard and Valhalla.
Is It Dangerous?: Not really but I really can’t say. Yet, they have been accused as devouring the flesh of the slain.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not. Also, they work for Freyja.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t for they’re immortal.

 

49. Werewolf

Of course, werewolves have been known to howl at the moon at night, especially when the moon is full. Yet, other than being half human and half wolf, yet as to how people become one and what they do varies by culture.

Of course, werewolves have been known to howl at the moon at night, especially when the moon is full. Yet, other than being half human and half wolf, yet as to how people become one and what they do varies by culture. Still, these animals aren’t sexy beasts you might want to sleep with. Well, Remus Lupin may be a possible exception to that but he’s a nice guy who knows his magic.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Ancient European Mythology
Features: Large wolf-like body, long fangs, and glowing eyes. Often humans transformed into wolves whether voluntarily or during the night of a full moon. Can have humanoid bodies and walk on two legs. Have strong teeth and claws. Usually depicted brown or gray and let out a howl at the moon.
Behavior: Often travel in groups and tend to be nocturnal. They are very strong and very fast as well as very good swimmers. Are telepathic, relatively fast healers, and could see in the dark. Capable of learning magic and have increased senses and stamina.
Habitat: Wherever wolves and humans are present at times. Tend to hang out in graveyards where they feast on corpses.
Is It Dangerous?: In human form, most of them aren’t (think Remus Lupin from Harry Potter). Bitten by one in human form and you won’t turn into one. Yet, in wolf form, they are especially dangerous and if they bite you, you can be one of them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not for they are practically people and in wolf form are very dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Remove its heart, give it wolfsbane, or shoot it with a silver bullet. Using a weapon blessed by your local church would do nicely if silver bullets aren’t available. Still, they aren’t immortal and will succumb to old age and can be killed in regular ways.

 

50. Vampire

Hardly any legendary creature has generated much media from the West as the vampire. Sure theses bloodsucking creatures may have their fans, but seriously, you don't want to date one.

Hardly any legendary creature has generated much media from the West as the vampire. Sure theses bloodsucking creatures may have their fans, but seriously, you don’t want to date one.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Various Mythology and Folklore
Features: Pale humans with fangs that consume blood. Could be depicted as sexy, aristocratic, or beastly but they don’t reflect in mirrors. Can have pointy ears or bat wings. Can live forever if you let them and usually are portrayed with antiquated fashion sense. Can be depicted from nearly human to rotting corpse.
Behavior: Can be solitary or travel in groups. Sometimes can transform into bats. Often nocturnal. Capable of magic, flight, invisibility, telepathy, telekinesis, weather and mental manipulation, hypnosis, and more. Are very strong and fast as well as have enhanced senses.
Habitat: Anywhere where humans live. Also tend to inhabit dark and dingy castles.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Getting bitten by one will turn you into one whether you like it or not. And they usually tend to go on killing sprees or invade people’s houses (though they will settle for the blood of the family pet). Yet, they can be warded off with garlic, holy water, or holy paraphernalia like a crucifix or rosary. Not to mention, they also tend to avoid churches and any place where there’s a lot of fire or garlic. Still, don’t have sex with one no matter how tempted you are. And I mean you, lovers of Anne Rice, Twilight, and True Blood.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. They’re practically humans and are very dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, there are a number of ways. You can expose them to sunlight, decapitate them, drive a stake through their hearts, touch them with a crucifix, remove their hearts, set fire on them, bless them with holy water, have them chase you into a church, and enlist the help of your friendly neighborhood werewolf.

 

51. Leprechaun

Sure this leprechaun may seem scary looking but he's a mostly harmless creature associated with Saint Patrick's Day. Of course, he doesn't take too kindly on negative Irish stereotypes though.

Sure this leprechaun may seem scary looking but he’s a mostly harmless creature associated with Saint Patrick’s Day. Of course, he doesn’t take too kindly on negative Irish stereotypes though.

Type: Imp, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Irish Folklore
Features: Usually human looking but only about 5 inches at height though usually portrayed as high as a small child. Mostly depicted with red hair and wearing green (or red) as well as smoking a pipe. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Very clever and fast. Said to spend its time making shoes, storing coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and partaking in mischief.
Habitat: Ireland. Often live in moors, caves, forests, or gardens.
Is It Dangerous?: Not really.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, it can lead you to its pot of gold or grant you three wishes but it’s very hard to catch. Yet, you have to let it go afterwards. Of course, in the Harry Potter universe, you might want to go with the three wishes because Leprechaun gold disappears quickly and is considered pointless to pursue.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of this creature.

 

52. Leviathan

The Leviathan is a large sea monster from Mesopotamian Mythology that can cause storms and chaos as well as eats humans. You might want to avoid this creature at all costs.

The Leviathan is a large sea monster from Mesopotamian Mythology that can cause storms and chaos as well as eats humans. You might want to avoid this creature at all costs. Unless you have supernatural aid, you’re basically screwed with this one.

Type: Sea Monster, Serpent
From: Mesopotamian Mythology (mentioned in the Bible)
Features: Is very large and usually depicted as serpent like. Can appear in many forms like a large fish or whale. Has a large powerful jaws.
Behavior: Solitary but a natural born swimmer and very strong. Shape shifting and see angels and demons where humans cannot.
Habitat: Can survive on land or water.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They are venomous and eat humans. Also, capable of causing storms and other chaos.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Can only be killed through supernatural means. Can survive most wounds, reattach themselves, and are immune to disease. So if you’re pursued by one, go down on your knees and pray like mad even if you’re an atheist. That or call for a wizard.

 

53. Loch Ness Monster (a. k. a. Nessie)

One of the most prolific creatures in cryptozoology is the Loch Ness monster who was reputed to be first photographed in 1933 (though it's now known to be a hoax). Still, whether it be a possible living dinosaur or outright hoax, I'm sure the people of Loch Ness aren't complaining how the monster has helped their tourist industry.

One of the most prolific creatures in cryptozoology is the Loch Ness monster who was reputed to be first photographed in 1933 (though it’s now known to be a hoax). Still, whether it be a possible living dinosaur or outright hoax, I’m sure the people of Loch Ness aren’t complaining how the monster has helped their tourist industry.

Type: Water Monster, Cryptid, Living Dinosaur
From: Scottish Folklore
Features: Long neck, large body, flippers, and tail.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: The waters of Loch Ness in Scotland.
Is It Dangerous?: We’re not sure but Saint Columba reported of one killing a man and dragging him to watery depths according to a 7th century story.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, Saint Columba just made the sign of the cross and told the monster to stay away. Still, nowadays you don’t want to get rid of it since seeing one makes it a great photo op.

 

54. La Llorona

La Llorona is a spirit of a woman who drowned her children so she could be with the man she loved who wouldn't have her. Thus, she drowned herself and has never been permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Still, to drown your kids for a man is seriously messed up.

La Llorona is a spirit of a woman who drowned her children so she could be with the man she loved who wouldn’t have her. Thus, she drowned herself and has never been permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Still, to drown your kids for a man is seriously messed up.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Latin American Legend
Features: A spirit of a young woman in white seen weeping. Can be depicted crying “Ay mis hijos!” (“Oh, my children!”).
Behavior: Was once a woman named Maria who drowned her children after discovering her husband was unfaithful or to be with the man she loved. Yet, she committed suicide when he wouldn’t have her. Unable to enter the afterlife until she has found her kids. Solitary and nocturnal. Yet, you can summon her if you say her name twice in front of a mirror in a locked room.
Habitat: Mexico and much of the American Southwest.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s believed that those who hear her are marked for death and in some versions of the legend, she may kidnap kids that bear a resemblance to her missing children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t she’s doomed to walk the Earth for eternity.

 

55. Roc

On the subject of mythical birds, the Roc is a giant bird from Middle Eastern legend that could carry elephants by its claws. Still, whatever you do, don't take any of its giant eggs. Seriously, don't.

On the subject of mythical birds, the Roc is a giant bird from Middle Eastern legend that could carry elephants by its claws. Still, whatever you do, don’t take any of its giant eggs. Seriously, don’t.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Middle Eastern Mythology
Features: Gigantic bird of prey with a forked tongue. Could either have the same color as an eagle or simply white. Its enormous beak is lined with sharp pointed teeth.
Behavior: Solitary. Presence can darken the night sky and the flap of its huge wings could cause hurricane like winds. Said to be a fierce guardian of a secret valley filled with jewels. Lays huge eggs.
Habitat: Madagascar.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s know n to swoop down to grab animals and people in order to carry them off to feast upon or rip apart for its young. Can carry anything as big as an elephant in its talons. So yes. Also, don’t steal one of its eggs or it will destroy entire ships over in revenge as Sinbad learned the hard way.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Large harpoon or missile might do the trick.

 

56. Stymphalian Bird (a. k. a. Stymphalides)

Stymphalian birds may seem awesome but these pets of Ares were nothing but hostile pests in Arcadia that Hercules had to perform his Sixth Labor with the assistance of Hephaestus and Athena. Still, this painting may give the idea that Hercules' Sixth Labor was the Ancient Greek version of Angry Birds.

Stymphalian birds may seem awesome but these pets of Ares were nothing but hostile pests in Arcadia that Hercules had to perform his Sixth Labor with the assistance of Hephaestus and Athena. Still, this painting may give the idea that Hercules’ Sixth Labor was the Ancient Greek version of Angry Birds.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Large bird with sharp and arrow like bronze feathers, metal beak and claws. Sometimes depicted with helmets.
Behavior: Ferocious and superiorly strong. Travel in groups.
Habitat: Arcadia in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, their dung is poisonous and would shed their killer feathers like spears among attacking soldiers that easily pierced armor. Their killer plumage is said to terrorize the people of Arcadia. Known to devour all the dead and killing those injured with their beaks.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by Ares for they were his pets.
How to Get Rid of It: With the help of Athena, Hercules managed to disperse these monster birds with a loud thunderous rattle Hephaestus made for the occasion. He then proceeded to shoot each one of them with his arrows.

 

57. Kongamato

Now the Kongamato may be a creature you may not have heard of but it's sort of a large Pterodactyl on steroids that is said to reside in Central Africa. Still, if you see it, don't ever dare to look it in the eye since it will be sent into a flying rage and kill you.

Now the Kongamato may be a creature you may not have heard of but it’s sort of a large Pterodactyl on steroids that is said to reside in Central Africa. Still, if you see it, don’t ever dare to look it in the eye since it will be sent into a flying rage and kill you.

Type: Cryptid, Living Dinosaur
From: African Folklore
Features: Large bird with a tooth filled bill, leathery reptilian skin, and bat like wings. Has large, sharp, and powerful claws. Can resemble a pterosaur and is said to be red or black. Wingspan is said to be 3-3 ½ ft and is estimated to be 4 ½ ft from feet to tail.
Behavior: Hates being looked at in the eye. Said to have a very short temper.
Habitat: The jungles and swamps of Central Africa covering Angola, Zamibia, and the DRC.
Is It Dangerous?: Can clutch and carry off substantially large prey with ease. Known to suddenly attack from the sky only to dive into lakes and rivers to capsize boats and drown any passengers. Any living creature who dares looks into its eyes, angers it and faces certain death. Sightings or mention sends entire villages running in fear, abandoning possessions and homes.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: If you saw one, you wouldn’t want to get rid of it. Just don’t look at it in the eye.

 

58. Goblin

Goblins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personality. I see that this one is some badass warrior with a big ass knife as well as a bow and arrow. You may not want to mess with him.

Goblins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personality. I see that this one is some badass warrior with a big ass knife as well as a bow and arrow. You may not want to mess with him.

Type: Imp
From: Worldwide Legend
Features: At most they are 3 – 3 ½ ft tall and weigh up to 40 – 45 pounds. Utterly grotesque looking. Often depicted as brown, gray, green. Could have long fingers and elf like ears. Can be flat faced with small sharp fangs and a broad nose. Sometimes portrayed with hair or horns. Give off an awful stench. Appearances vary and there are a lot of different types.
Behavior: Travel in large numbers. Can range from annoying, mischievous, to downright evil. Said to be greedy and love gold. Can resort to dirty tricks and ambushes. Sometimes may possess magical abilities. Can be stupid or cowardly though in Harry Potter, they’re seen as dependable bankers.
Habitat: Caves, dungeons, ghost towns, and woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the story. The Gringotts goblins in Harry Potter aren’t very hostile but you don’t want to mess with them. The ones in Middle Earth, well, let’s say you want to go anywhere near them. Yet, some legends have them ride giant wolves into battle.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Once again, depends on the story.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure about this one.

 

59. Banshee

Now if you think this fearsome banshee isn't much to look at, you don't want to hear anything that comes out of her mouth which is an omen of death. Yeah, kind of kills the mood rather literally.

Now if you think this fearsome banshee isn’t much to look at, you don’t want to hear anything that comes out of her mouth which is an omen of death. Yeah, kind of kills the mood rather literally.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Irish Folklore
Features: Can appear as a young woman, a distinguished matron, or a tousled old hag. Known for shrieking incredibly loud but can sometimes be heard eerie singing or softly wailing. Hair is often long and light in color. Often seen wearing a gray or white hooded cloak. Often depicted in decomposition. Still, appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Said to be capable of transforming into animals associated with witchcraft like a crow, hare, and weasel. Often depicted as airborne.
Habitat: Ireland.
Is It Dangerous?: Hearing her cry at night means that someone is about to die. Originally it only pertained to five Irish families but intermarriage has expanded that. In some legends, her cries meant that someone holy was about to bite the dust. In any event, hearing her cries isn’t a good sign.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure if you can.

 

60. Adlet (a.k.a. Erqugdlit or Erqugdlit)

You may think the Adlet is some Native American werewolf and in a way you might be right. Yet, these creatures were as wolf people and are in this state all the time. Werewolves are a different story.

You may think the Adlet is some Native American werewolf and in a way you might be right. Yet, these creatures were as wolf people and are in this state all the time. Werewolves are a different story.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Inuit Mythology
Features: Has upper body of human and lower body of dog. Covered in fiery red fur and often have a long snout, pointed ears, long tails, and fiercely yellow eyes. Depictions may vary.
Behavior: Travel in packs and are very ferocious.
Habitat: Labrador and Hudson Bay Coasts of Canada.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, they are known to be bloodthirsty and some were said to be sent across the sea to ravage the white races by their mother. They are merciless killers known to attack and feed on anything that crosses in their path. Favorite treat is blood from a newly slain human.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Are susceptible and can be destroyed with silver and fire.

 

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 3 – Golem to Troll

Of course, there seems to be a lot of Greek monsters and dragons from the west so far but I’ll soon get to other cultures and folklore as well as urban legends when I get the chance. Still, this selection has a lot of diversity as far as mythological creatures go. From Greek Mythology we have Talos and the Phoenix. From Scandanvian legend, Norse Mythology, and Northern European Folklore we have the Kraken, the Ogre, and the Troll. We also touch upon American Urban Legendary creatures like Mothman and the Jersey Devil as well as the Seed Eater from Canada and the Gremlin from World War II. Then there’s the Golem from Jewish Folklore, the Leucrocuta from Indian Mythology, the Kelpie from Celtic Mythology, the Thunderbird from Native American Legend, and the Kappa from Japanese Mythology. Finally we have one of the more universal creatures known as the Ghost. Talk about a United Nations of legendary creatures here. Now without further adieu, here is a list of even more mythological monsters.

 

31. Golem

Now the moral of the Golem story is that making a magical figurine out of rock, clay, or wood to have it serve your needs probably isn't a good idea. Nor is slavery in that matter.

Now the moral of the Golem story is that making a magical figurine out of rock, clay, or wood to have it serve your needs probably isn’t a good idea. Nor is slavery in that matter.

Type: Anthropomorphic Being, Humanoid
From: Jewish Folklore (mentioned in the Bible)
Features: Has a human like body made of clay, rock, or wood. Often have the word “emeth” written on their foreheads or a stone tablet placed on the monster’s mouth.
Behavior: Live in people’s households and generally peaceful until they grow up and learn about life by observing the people around them. Can’t speak very much.
Habitat: Czech Republic
Is It Dangerous?: Not at first, but as they grow strong and learn about life, their bursts of anger become increasingly violent.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they can serve as slaves but will eventually grow too big and strong for their master to handle. Let’s just say domesticating one isn’t a good idea.
How to Get Rid of It: Say “meth” which is the Hebrew word for death.

 

32. Gremlin

Basically these are the little creatures who get into your machinery when they aren't working right. So if your car wouldn't start or can't get cell phone reception, it's probably the gremlins.

Basically these are the little creatures who get into your machinery when they aren’t working right. So if your car wouldn’t start or can’t get cell phone reception, it’s probably the gremlins.

Type: Imp
From: Superstitions from RAF pilots during WWII.
Features: Small creatures with oversized pointy ears. Resemble miniature gargoyles. Sometimes depicted with fur or wings.
Behavior: Usually travel in groups causing mayhem and mischief to people as they please. Love to hide from people so they could watch their frustrations over their pranks. They also like fooling around with electrical devices like cars and planes.
Habitat: Anywhere. Yet, machinery and electronics are ideal places.
Is It Dangerous?: Most of their pranks are harmless but some of these miniature monster pranks could have tragic outcomes like plane wrecks and car accidents.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure if you can but it will be difficult.

 

33. Leucrocuta (a. k. a. Corcotta or Leucrotta)

Sure this monster may seem harmless but it's basically a man eater Indian monster known to lure people in a trap just by calling their names.

Sure this monster may seem harmless but it’s basically a man eater Indian monster known to lure people in a trap just by calling their names.

Type: Hybrid
From: Indian and Ethiopian Mythology
Features: Has a horse’s head and hind quarters as well as front legs and body of a lion. About the size of a donkey with large bony gums stretching from ear to ear. Sometimes depicted with a badger’s head. Sometimes described as part lion, hyena, horse, and badger. Usually portrayed with cloven hooves and making hyena sounds.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: India
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, said to call victims by name to lure them out and tear them to pieces. Sometimes imitate the sounds of a wounded person so it could attract curious dogs and feast on them. Very fast.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Don’t even think about it.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how or if you can.

 

34. Jersey Devil

Of course, the legend of the Jersey Devil predates New Jersey's reputation for superfund sites, gangsters, corruption, and Snooki. Still, if this monster was on MTV's Jersey Shore, I bet the show wouldn't be canceled.

Of course, the legend of the Jersey Devil predates New Jersey’s reputation for superfund sites, gangsters, corruption, and Snooki. Still, if this monster was on MTV’s Jersey Shore, I bet the show wouldn’t be canceled.

Type: Cryptid, Spirit
From: United States
Features: Has deformed body and head of a horse, horns, and large bat like wings. Sometimes depicted with antlers, claws, and/or tusks.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. Lives near swamps and forests.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, known to terrorize the neighboring villages. Sometimes would burst out of chimneys to attack people and animals as well as steal a pot of simmering stew. Prone to kill people and livestock as well as feast on small children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, I’m sure New Jersey’s superfund sites might take care of that creature.

 

35. Kraken

Of course, who's ever on that submarine isn't going to last once the Kraken is done playing with it. Still, Perseus didn't fight with this monster in the original myths, because it's a Scandinavian monster, not Greek. Having Thor fight it would make more sense.

Of course, who’s ever on that submarine isn’t going to last once the Kraken is done playing with it. Still, Perseus didn’t fight with this monster in the original myths, because it’s a Scandinavian monster, not Greek. Having Thor fight it would make more sense.

Type: Sea Monster, Cryptid
From: Norwegian and Scandinavian Legend (Not Greek Mythology despite it being the monster in Clash of the Titans. It was only there because Ray Harryhausen didn’t want to do another dragon and that “release the Cetus” didn’t have a nice ring to it.)
Features: Gigantic squid or octopus. Said to be the size of a small island that some sightings could be logged as pieces of land. Can be 100-150ft in length or more. Has an infinite lifespan. Sometimes depicted as a sea serpent or humanoid squid. Sometimes depicted with gnashing teeth.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Coasts of Norway, Greenland, and Iceland. Can survive both in land and water.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Has superhuman strength that could easily wrap its tentacles around ships and drag them into deep waters with ease. Can create powerful whirlpools when they quickly submerge which can suck down anything caught with it, including large ships. Can rip apart huge fleets and destroy cities and humans with its might.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: You might want to use a harpoon or several. Perhaps a giant fishing net.

 

36. Kappa

The Kappa is a complex monster which can range from harmless prankster and sexual harassser to outright vicious. Of course, this one is an outright pervert watching women skinny dipping. Also kind of resembles a cross between a house elf and a turtle.

The Kappa is a complex monster which can range from harmless prankster and sexual harassser to outright vicious. Of course, this one is an outright pervert watching women skinny dipping. Also kind of resembles a cross between a house elf and a turtle.

Type: Cryptid, Imp, Yokai, Water Monster
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Roughly humanoid in form and about the size of a child. Have scaly reptilian skin that could be green, yellow, or blue as well as webbed hands and feet. Can smell like fish. Appearance varies from region to region. Most consistent features are a beak for a mouth, a carapace, a flat hairless plate on the forehead called a sara which is always filled with water and a source of power. May have arms connected to each other that they could slide from one end to the other.
Behavior: Are expert swimmers, very intelligent, and knowledgeable in medicine. Are very mischievous and enjoy playing pranks on people. Obsess over politeness. Curious about human civilization and can speak Japanese. They can also be help farmers irrigate their land. Omnivores.
Habitat: Japan. Inhabit ponds and rivers. May venture on land occasionally and spend fall and winter in the mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Their pranks can range from relatively harmless like looking up women’s kimonos and passing gas to the malevolent like drowning people and animals, kidnapping children, and raping women. They do love human flesh but their favorite food is cucumbers. Carve your name and birth date on a cucumber and throw it in the pond, they’ll leave you alone.
Can It Be Domesticated?: If you befriend one, it will be a friend for life or go against its word.
How to Get Rid of It: Trick it to hollow its head by making one bow. It will spill water and be powerless. Let its sara dry and it will die.

 

37. Mothman

Now I posted a picture of a Mothman sculpture in a previous post which I think is kind of creepy. Yet, it has appeared on TV shows now and then such as Spongebob Squarepants and The X Files which have absolutely nothing in common with each other. Also, has his own Syfy movie. Still, I wish he could be in a fight with Godzilla.

Now I posted a picture of a Mothman sculpture in a previous post which I think is kind of creepy. Yet, it has appeared on TV shows now and then such as Spongebob Squarepants and The X Files which have absolutely nothing in common with each other. Also, has his own Syfy movie. Still, I wish he could be in a fight with Godzilla.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid, Hybrid
From: United States but might have roots in older folk tales
Features: Has torso, arms, and legs of a man as well as insect like head, 10ft wings, and hands and feet. Has large bright red eyes and is very tall.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Capable of teleportation and possesses superhuman strength.
Habitat: Point Pleasant area of West Virginia.
Is It Dangerous?: We’re not really sure about that since most of his stories are related to sightings. May predict or cause natural disasters. Yet, looking into his eyes may cause blindness and irritation.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Again, we’re not sure about that either.

 

38. Seed Eater (a. k. a. Birdman or Rag Face)

If this guy was a muppet character on Sesame Street, I bet he'd be the neighborhood serial killer. Seriously, he totally looks the part to be in a muppet edition of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

If this guy was a muppet character on Sesame Street, I bet he’d be the neighborhood serial killer. Seriously, he totally looks the part to be in a muppet edition of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Type: Humanoid (Yet, despite the name, this monster isn’t known for eating seeds but children.)
From: Canada (created by a blogger named Cliff Howry.)
Features: Tall and has a vague human appearance, dark green or brown skin, and long dark hair. Wears a stitched rag mask with two eye holes to see and another for a mouth, beak, or snout. Emits a foul odor.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Can climb trees and make sudden noises or movements before disappearing.
Habitat: North America. Resides in woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, has been known to hunt children for its prey every few years, which is why it tends to hunt playgrounds. Yet, it will attack anyone who interferes. Most adult abductions will result in the person being turned into another Seed Eater.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, one boy managed to beat this monster with a baseball bat to repel. Yet, he was unable to speak again due what the monster did to his throat and now lives in a basement guarded 24/7.

 

39. Kelpie (a. k. a. Water Horse)

Sure this may be a lovely creature you'd want to ride on. Yet, bear in mind that you don't want to go on a water pony ride on this thing which tends to fake tameness to lure its prey: humans.

Sure this may be a lovely creature you’d want to ride on. Yet, bear in mind that you don’t want to go on a water pony ride on this thing which tends to fake tameness to lure its prey: humans.

Type: Water Monster
From: Celtic Mythology
Features: Often depicted with a horse’s head with finned front limbs and a fish tail. Mostly depicted as black but can be gray, green, or white. Mane is always wet and covered with seaweed. Howls and wails before upcoming storms. Loch Ness Monster is sometimes identified as one. Appearances vary on depiction.
Behavior: Solitary. Has shapeshifting abilities in its magic bridle and can adopt to human form. Said to have the strength of 10 horses.
Habitat: Near freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, eats humans. Despite being seemingly tame at first, it’s been known to lure people tempted to mount it for an apparently innocent ride. However, once a person saddles up, the creature would dive into the deepest waters and drown its victims. Can transform into a smoking hot man or woman to lure a victim of the opposite sex into a trap, usually to a watery grave where it could eat them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes it can be harnessed to transport heavy millstones. However, it can’t be domesticated for long because it hates being enslaved at farms.
How to Get Rid of It: Can be captured using a halter stamped with a cross sign. Can be killed by being shot with a silver bullet.

 

40. Ogre

Now ogres may not always be completely stupid in legends but they are nothing like what you see in the Shrek movies. Of course, the Shrek in the original William Steig stories was pretty ugly than in the Dreamworks films.

Now ogres may not always be completely stupid in legends but they are nothing like what you see in the Shrek movies. Of course, the Shrek in the original William Steig stories was pretty ugly than in the Dreamworks films. Yet, Shrek is a parody.

Type: Humanoid
From: Northern European Folklore
Features: Large, muscular, and ugly with deformed facial features. Tend to smell bad. Often depicted as green. Sometimes portrayed with horns or fangs.
Behavior: Solitary. Often seen as stupid but many are highly intelligent and could even perform magic. Yet, mostly use primitive weapons in battle.
Habitat: Near villages in swamps and mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. They have tremendous strength and could easily rip apart their enemies with their bare hands. Can be brutal and exhibit cruel and vicious violence, especially when hungry. Doesn’t help you that human flesh is their favorite meal, especially the tender flesh of small children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. Well, Shrek, maybe but not as a pet. Then again, Shrek isn’t a bad ogre.
How to Get Rid of It: Depends on the story.

 

41. Talos

Now this is Talos as designed by Ray Harryhausen for Jason and the Argonauts. However, remember he's not the guy who's modeled for the Colossus of Rhodes. That would be Helios. Still, he does a Colossus of Rhodes pose in the movie.

Now this is Talos as designed by Ray Harryhausen for Jason and the Argonauts. However, remember he’s not the guy who’s modeled for the Colossus of Rhodes. That would be Helios. Still, he does a Colossus of Rhodes pose in the movie.

Type: Humanoid, Anthropomorphic Being
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Gigantic human-like body made of bronze. Ran on ichor, the blood of the gods with a bronze nail keeping the fluid from leaking out.
Behavior: Created by Hephaestus and is strong enough to move boulders at any ships. Charged with guarding Zeus’ lover Europa on Crete.
Habitat: Crete in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. He can hurl huge boulders at ships and burned any captured pirates on his armor. Actually you can say he was made to be a killing machine.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Not as a pet but he was used by Zeus to guard his lover Europa on Crete.
How to Get Rid of It: Charmed and given a sleeping potion by Medea who removed the bronze nail from his heel and drained his lifeblood that finally killed him.

 

42. Phoenix (a. k. a. Firebird)

Despite the fact it's a firebird, the phoenixes are usually harmless creatures to anyone who's good. Of course, this doesn't mean it can't attack for Fawkes did blind a basilisk in Harry Potter.

Despite the fact it’s a firebird, the phoenixes are usually harmless creatures to anyone who’s good. Of course, this doesn’t mean it can’t attack for Fawkes did blind a basilisk in Harry Potter.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Greek Mythology (first described by Herodotus in 484-425 BCE.)
Features: Traditionally splendidly multi-colored firebird resembling an eagle. Usually depicted with orange, red, and yellow feathers but coloration varies by legend. Also portrayed as gigantic Its life cycles could last from 500 to 1000 years. Tears are pure and capable of extreme healing powers. Cry is the most soothing and captivating song one could ever grace to hear. Older images have them with nimbuses and seven rays.
Behavior: Solitary. Eats only spices and drinks dew.
Habitat: Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Despite being a fire bird, they’re incapable of killing or crushing a single living creature. Yet, they can burn or peck you though.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, it’s been known to serve as a sidekick to heroes and warriors so yes. Also, Dumbledore owned one in Harry Potter.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, you can kill it, but all it’s going to do is combust and rise from its ashes all over again. I mean it’s immortal so destroying one is basically pointless.

 

43. Thunderbird

Now this is probably one of the few legendary creatures you've heard of from Native American Legend. Of course, this may be because this bird has a car from Ford as well as an e-mail service named after it.

Now this is probably one of the few legendary creatures you’ve heard of from Native American Legend. Of course, this may be because this bird has a car from Ford as well as an e-mail service named after it.

Type: Divine Bird, Cryptid
From: Native American Folklore
Features: An extremely large bird resembling an eagle capable of shooting lightning. Traditionally depicted as multicolored with two curling horns and teeth within its beak. Can be blue, purple, white, or yellow in depiction. Carries around golden snakes with it.
Behavior: Solitary. Wingbeats can pull clouds together. Its wing claps can generate thunder. Generates sheet lightning by flashing its eyes when it blinks. And throws lightning bolts made by glowing snakes it carries around with. Has variations that have other powers like shapeshifting, generating rainfall, and others.
Habitat: The Americas.
Is It Dangerous?: It’s best to be avoided at all costs, refrain from disturbing or upsetting it in anyway. Else, you might become a human lightning rod.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t since they’re probably immortal.

 

44. Ghost

Now ghosts can come in all shapes and sizes but I'm sure seeing one will certainly freak anyone help. I mean imagine if you're grandmother's spirit came back from the dead. You wouldn't want that.

Now ghosts can come in all shapes and sizes but I’m sure seeing one will certainly freak anyone help. I mean imagine if you’re grandmother’s spirit came back from the dead. You wouldn’t want that.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: Worldwide
Features: Basically disembodied souls of humans or other creatures. Can be depicted white or transparent. Can be portrayed as a white mass or as normal people or animals. Have no density. Can moan, wail, whisper, scream, or cry.
Behavior: Depends on the ghost. Have superhuman speed and can pass through things. Also possess telekinesis and glow in the dark.
Habitat: Graveyards, haunted houses, old stomping grounds, and other places.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the particular ghost. Though they could possess other people’s bodies and minds. Yet, if you’re killed by a ghost, you usually end up becoming one since such demise is unnatural.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Nope. They’re dead.
How to Get Rid of It: Best to confront it with iron, salt, or Holy Relics. Also, burning the item that keeps them on earth also helps transport them to the afterlife.

 

45. Troll

Trolls are among the more familiar creatures in Norse Mythology which are known to be man-eaters that tend to turn into stone at sunrise. Today, they're just obnoxious internet commentars who rant on things they know nothing about.

Trolls are among the more familiar creatures in Norse Mythology which are known to be man-eaters that tend to turn into stone at sunrise. Today, they’re just obnoxious internet commentars who rant on things they know nothing about.

Type: Humanoid
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Very large, ugly, and beast like monsters that smell very bad. May have horns, long arms, warts, hairy skin, and humped backs. Also said to have disfigured faces, deformed teeth, and huge ears. Usually depicted as green or gray. There are a lot of different types.
Behavior: Either solitary or live together in family groups. Not very bright but very strong. Also nocturnal. Could behave more like human beings in some legends.
Habitat: Caves, under bridges, burrows, underground, and isolated mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, they are man eaters and are rarely helpful to human beings.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell, no.
How to Get Rid of It: Exposing them to sunlight may turn them into stone.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 2 – Peluda to Griffin

So we’re off to a good start with the monsters in legend and myth. Of course, we have many more to go though you’ve noticed that some of the Greek monsters were related to the Twelve Labors of Hercules. Well, he did fight a lot of ferocious monsters but that’s why you hire a super strong demi-god for the job. Still, in this selection we have even more creatures for your pleasure. Of course, we’ll look at a few from the Greeks like the Lernaean Hydra, the Nemean Lion, the Aetus Caucasius, the Gorgon, the Minotaur, the Sphinx, the Centaur, Pegasus, the Siren, and the Harpy. Yes, Greek Mythology has a lot of monsters. For the Middle East we have the Manticore and the Griffin. We also have Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Monster (though I’m not sure if this would qualify other than being an undead lab creation since Dr. Frankenstein was kind of the real monster in that story), the Peluda Dragon, and the Mermaid. So without further adieu I introduce you to these monsters from Greek Mythology and others.

16. Peluda (a. k. a. Occitan)

Sorry, but this isn't a dinosaur from Jurassic Park either. Just a dragon from French Folklore known to survive the Great Flood who was killed by a widower who cut its tail.

Sorry, but this isn’t a dinosaur from Jurassic Park either. Just a dragon from French Folklore known to survive the Great Flood who was killed by a widower who cut off its tail.

Type: Dragon
From: French Folklore
Features: Being green with spikes all over its body are its defining features. Yet, accounts depend whether it has an ox sized porcupine body or just a mess of green hair like projections that were actually poison quills. Traditionally depicted with a snake’s head, neck, and tail as well as large tortoise like feet. Often portrayed as a very shaggy dragon.
Behavior: Solitary and extremely aggressive.
Habitat: Huisne River in France. Resides in a cave where it waited out the Great Flood.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. Has extremely poisonous quills it could fire off like arrows, breathe fire, wither crops with a searing breath, create floods by stepping into rivers, kill a full grown man with a single stroke of its tail, spit out a powerful stream of water or acid, and is practically invulnerable except in its tail. Has been known to terrorize Le Ferte-Bernard, France and devour humans and livestock.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Simple, cut off its tail. One guy did this when the dragon killed his fiancée. Messed with the wrong dude there.

17. Lernaean Hydra (a. k. a. Hydra)

Of course, contrary to the Disney movie, the head slicing of this Hydra in the original myths went a lot differently. Still, Hercules knew what he was dealing with so he enlisted his nephew to help.

Of course, contrary to the Disney movie, the head slicing of this Hydra in the original myths went a lot differently. Still, Hercules knew what he was dealing with so he enlisted his nephew to help.

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster, Serpent
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Gigantic water serpent with one large head and eight smaller ones. Largest head was immortal. All heads sprout very sharp razor fangs overflowing with deadly venom. Has very thick and strong body, webbed feet, and serpent tail.
Behavior: Solitary and extremely ferocious.
Habitat: Lerna in Ancient Greece, where he was blocking the town’s only water source when Hercules came along. Lives in a swamp.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. Breath is extremely poisonous which could kill all living things in his territory. Blood and saliva are also poisonous.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You can forget about that. He hates humans.
How to Get Rid of It: You can forget trying to kill him in the conventional way because battle wounds would just make it stronger especially if you resort to decapitation. That only leads it to sprouting more heads. Hercules couldn’t defeat this monster without the help of his nephew Iolaus who burned the flesh from every hydra head his uncle decapitated. Hercules proceeded to bury the remaining immortal head deep underground. Hercules would use the monster’s poisonous blood for his later labors.

18. Nemean Lion

Of course, this may be a magnificent lion but its a real destructive force and has skin that's almost indestructible. That's why Hercules strangled it with his bare hands and wore its skin for armor.

Of course, this may be a magnificent lion but its a real destructive force and has skin that’s almost indestructible. That’s why Hercules strangled it with his bare hands and wore its skin for armor.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Just a large lion with golden fur with very sharp claws (sharper than any mortal’s sword). Often depicted with a man which means he’s probably a male.
Behavior: Solitary but not looking for a group of lionesses to bang, which is outside of normal lone male lion behavior.
Habitat: Nemea in Ancient Greece. Lives in a cave.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes. He’s extremely strong with impenetrable skin. Can kill any human with a swipe of his claw. Has a ravenous taste for blood. Known to terrorize Nemea.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Don’t even think about it.
How to Get Rid of It: Strangled by Hercules’ bare hands. Skinned the beast with one if his claws and made a cloak he used as armor.

19. Frankenstein (a. k. a. Frankenstein’s Monster)

Of course, I know people would have a problem if I didn't go with the Boris Karloff edition of Frankenstein's Monster. Still, even if he did burn a windmill and drown that girl, you kind of have to feel pretty bad for him since everyone in the village was being a complete jerk. Still, what Dr. Frankenstein did to him was just cruel.

Of course, I know people would have a problem if I didn’t go with the Boris Karloff edition of Frankenstein’s Monster. Still, even if he did burn a windmill and drown that girl, you kind of have to feel pretty bad for him since everyone in the village was being a complete jerk. Still, what Dr. Frankenstein did to him was just cruel.

Type: Undead (created in a freak experiment by a medical student named Victor Frankenstein but calls himself Adam)
From: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from the 19th century.
Features: A hideous monster made out of deceased body parts from various corpses. About as tall and muscular as an NBA player. Often depicted as green with bolts in his neck and surgical all over him. Mostly portrayed as having a flat-looking head, sunken eyes, and wearing ragged clothes. Movies have him possess an abnormal brain.
Behavior: Solitary but not by choice yet is also emotional and sensitive. In the novel, he is extremely intelligent, eloquent, well-mannered, and knows how to read as well as eager to learn and experience life. He’s even fluent in three languages. Seeks to connect with people but has a hard time due to his hideous appearance that makes people want to run away and shun him. Movies have him mute and almost infantile as well as afraid of fire.
Habitat: Germany but roamed the Arctic.
Is It Dangerous?: He’s generally peaceful but can be easily provoked with rage. Still, he’s very strong. The reason why he becomes so violent later on is because he’s very bad with first impressions which leads to him scaring people who ostracize him. Of course, he probably wouldn’t have killed Victor’s brother and bride if Victor had just at least accepted him or at least gave him a girlfriend. Victor is just revolted that his creation isn’t beautiful.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, not like a pet, but he could live in human society if Victor (or anyone else) just accepted him.
How to Get Rid of It: In the book, he perishes with Dr. Victor Frankenstein in the Arctic weeping over Victor’s corpse. Movies vary.

20. Aetus Caucasius (a. k. a. Caucasian Eagle, Griffin-Vulture, or Ethon)

You may not have heard of this creature, but this is the giant bird that pecked Prometheus' liver every day after Zeus punished him for giving fire to humans. Well, until Hercules killed it during his labor for the golden apples.

You may not have heard of this creature, but this is the giant bird that pecked Prometheus’ liver every day after Zeus punished him for giving fire to humans. Well, until Hercules killed it during his labor for the golden apples.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Greek Mythology
Features: A gigantic demonic eagle. Sometimes said to be automation by Hephaestus. Sometimes depicted as a vulture.
Behavior: Solitary. Basically is sent by Zeus to fly to Mount Kazbek to disembowel Prometheus on a daily basis as punishment for stealing fire for humanity.
Habitat: Mount Kazbek in the Caucasus.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, there’s no sign that it has ever harmed mortals. However, I’m sure that nobody in their right mind would want to go near it.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by Zeus.
How to Get Rid of It: Killed by Hercules with an arrow.

21. Gorgon

Of course, Medusa was best know for not being much to look at. Well, I don't mean she was ugly. It's just when people would look at her and her sisters, they'd turn to stone, literally.

Of course, Medusa was best know for not being much to look at. Well, I don’t mean she was ugly. It’s just when people would look at her and her sisters, they’d turn to stone, literally.

Type: Hybrid, Serpent, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology (Medusa’s the most famous)
Features: Usually depicted as a woman with snakes in her hair or having snakes as hair. Traditionally they had a woman’s upper half, fangs, snake as hair (or in hair), and a serpent’s lower body. Have long pointed nails and forked tongues. Sometimes described as having golden wings, bronze claws, and boar tusks. Stheno and Euryale may be immortal while Medusa is certainly not. Either seen as completely hideous or beautiful but their looks were still pointless anyway.
Behavior: There are three of them named Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa who are sisters living together. Were originally humans but were transformed to such beasts because of excessive vanity (well, that or just born that way. Or Medusa became one after sex with Poseidon {though consent may vary}, thanks to Athena). Basically have hated them since.
Habitat: Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, anyone who looks at them turns to stone and they’d use such tactic to satisfy their complete hatred for humans and Stheno was said to kill more people than her sisters combined. Of course, if they look at you, then you’d just be petrified.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Since they used to be human, no.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, in Medusa’s case, Perseus basically beheaded her while using his shield as a mirror. The others may be immortal.

22. Minotaur

Of course, you don't want to face this man eating bull headed monster. Seriously, this guy is almost unstoppable for a human and bovine hybrid. Still, he was the monster in the original Hunger Games in the Ancient Greek legends.

Of course, you don’t want to face this man eating bull headed monster. Seriously, this guy is almost unstoppable for a human and bovine hybrid. Still, he was the monster in the original Hunger Games in the Ancient Greek legends.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Body of human male with head and tail of a bull. Named Prince Asterion. Medieval depictions have him with a bull body but a human torso and/or head. Has long sharp pointy nails. Sometimes depicted as hairy, sometimes not.
Behavior: Solitary but not really by choice. Has more to do with his stepdad (or biological dad) sealing him up in a Labyrinth for being bull headed and tailed.
Habitat: Crete in Ancient Greece. Sealed in a Labyrinth under Knossos palace.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s known to have an insatiable appetite for human flesh which might have more to do with the fact that Minos tends to feed him slaves from Athens every year. Still, he’s very strong and extremely ferocious.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Unless you keep him in a Labyrinth under the Knossos like Minos would. Then again, he’s technically a man, so no.
How to Get Rid of It: Killed by Theseus with his bare hands.

23. Sphinx

Of course, the moral story of Oedipus and the Sphinx is that all those years in Quiz Bowl could amount to saving Thebes. Still, after Oedipus successfully answered the Riddles of the Sphinx, thinks don't go so well when he marries Jocasta and becomes King of Thebes. Still, Oedipus's tragedy would've been avoided if his legal parents just told him he was adopted.

Of course, the moral story of Oedipus and the Sphinx is that all those years in Quiz Bowl could amount to saving Thebes. Still, after Oedipus successfully answered the Riddles of the Sphinx, thinks don’t go so well when he marries Jocasta and becomes King of Thebes. Still, Oedipus’s tragedy would’ve been avoided if his legal parents just told him he was adopted.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian Mythology
Features: Head of a woman, body of a lion, feathered wings, and snake tail. Sometimes depicted with dragon wings. Sometimes depicted with a mane. Mesopotamian and Egyptian Sphinxes are usually male. The Greek Sphnix is always female. Some accounts have it containing the body of a wolf or head of a ram with massive horns. Tends to be portrayed with a woman’s upper body.
Behavior: Can talk but speaks in riddles which she’s absolutely confident you won’t answer. Solitary.
Habitat: Mount Phicium near Thebes in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, she terrorized Thebes and wouldn’t let people leave unless they could answer her riddles. She strangled and devoured those who didn’t.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Leapt to her death off a cliff in a rage after Oedipus answered her riddles successfully.

24. Manticore

Of course, this may be magnificent but he's a man eater who nobody has been able to subdue. Seriously, if you see a lion with a man's face and scorpion tail, head for the hills. Oh, wait, too late for that.

Of course, this may be magnificent but he’s a man eater who nobody has been able to subdue. Seriously, if you see a lion with a man’s face and scorpion tail, head for the hills. Oh, wait, too late for that.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Indian and Persian Legend
Features: Has lion’s body, a man’s head, and a scorpion like tail with poisonous spikes (or dragon’s). Has three rows of shark like teeth and an oversized mouth. Huge and muscular with a lion’s mane. Equipped with extremely long and sharp claws as well as a trumpet sounding voice. Sometimes is depicted with bat like wings. Can be portrayed with a tiger’s body as well as well as just a lion’s head.
Behavior: Solitary and very ferocious.
Habitat: Asia
Is It Dangerous?: Oh yes. Tail is poisonous and capable of shooting spikes at its victims at a distance which paralyzes them. Can kill and devour any man with a few simple bites. Has a hunger and taste strictly for human flesh. Leaves no clothes, possessions, or bones of prey behind.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: When you encounter a manticore, you’re basically screwed since its mythology states that not one victim has ever escaped its grasp to tell the tale.

25. Centaur

Some say that the Greeks' concept for a centaur came from seeing a bunch of guys mounted on horseback from Eastern Europe. Of course, these creatures have certain human and animal personality traits.

Some say that the Greeks’ concept for a centaur came from seeing a bunch of guys mounted on horseback from Eastern Europe. Of course, these creatures have certain human and animal personality traits.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Top half body and bottom half horse. Often depicted with long hair and sometimes with wings or antlers.
Behavior: Often live in herds with up to 50 members. Actively avoid humans. Can be pretty wise as well as be quite skilled with herbal healing, astronomy and archery.
Habitat: Greece. Tend to live in deep old growth forests and mountain areas.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they’re not man eaters but they have enhanced strength, speed, and combat skills. Yet, they could also be wild and crazed creatures that could wreak havoc and pillaging with improvised weapons to satisfy their lusts. And yes, they can rape women (so think about that for a second when you read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Either way, you don’t want to mess with them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not, since they’re semi-humanoid and prefer their own kind, socially.
How to Get Rid of It: Drive them off a cliff when they’re angry or horny since they aren’t easily defeated with weapons.

26. Pegasus

Now Pegasus was one of the coolest horses in Greek Mythology, and no, he didn't get his wings from drinking a bunch of Red Bull. Still, I can see why Zeus kept him after Bellephron fell off of him.

Now Pegasus was one of the coolest horses in Greek Mythology, and no, he didn’t get his wings from drinking a bunch of Red Bull. Still, I can see why Zeus kept him after Bellephron fell off of him.

Type: Divine Horse
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Magnificent white horse with feathered wings. Can be depicted other colors and with a horn.
Behavior: Solitary and is often used as a sidekick. Also, brings lightning and thunder from Mount Olympus under Zeus. Creator of the Hippocrene fountain at Mount Helicon.
Habitat: Greece and later Mount Olympus.
Is It Dangerous?: Not to humans and is perfectly tame.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, goes through three owners in Greek mythology. First by Perseus after slaying Medusa and then captured by Bellephron. After Bellephron’s fall, Zeus keeps him.
How to Get Rid of It: He’s immortal so you can’t and so cool you don’t want to.

27. Siren

Contrary to most depictions, the Sirens weren't mermaids. They were birdwomen whose songs drove sailors to their gory demise. Also, they aren't very suited for the water anyway and were known to have drowned.

Contrary to most depictions, the Sirens weren’t mermaids. They were birdwomen whose songs drove sailors to their gory demise. Also, they aren’t very suited for the water anyway and were known to have drowned.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Head and body of a woman as well as legs and wings of a bird. Sang beautiful and hypnotic songs that no man can resist (except Odysseus). Said to be very beautiful and rather angelic looking and are sometimes depicted with golden wings and feathers. They aren’t mermaids but often mistaken as such. Sometimes they’re just depicted as women, usually naked though.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Odysseus encounters three of them. Were Persephone’s handmaidens and were transformed to their present state by Demeter after Hades kidnapped her daughter. Whether it was to punish them or help her search for Persephone is anyone’s guess. I mean Demeter is one of the nicest goddesses but she didn’t take her daughter’s abduction very well at all.
Habitat: Mediterranean Sea. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t fully aquatic.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, their songs have led to many drownings and shipwrecks on their island. They would also kill and devour survivors. Odysseus was the only guy known to hear their songs and tell the tale. Still, despite being beautiful and angelic, they’re evil little buggers.
Can It Be Domesticated?: They’re bird women so certainly not. Nor are they women you want to bring home, especially if you’re a married man.
How to Get Rid of It: Some say that when a Orpheus sang his song, they were so heartbroken at being outdone that they threw themselves from their island, died, and turned into rocks. Those ships who passed them unharmed would compel these beauties to drown themselves.

28. Mermaid

Of course, everyone's familiar with mermaids since they appear in Disney movies, tuna labels, fairy tales, and so much more. Of course, many of the legends are kind of in the reverse Disney's Little Mermaid but they don't end well.

Of course, everyone’s familiar with mermaids since they appear in Disney movies, tuna labels, fairy tales, and so much more. Of course, many of the legends are kind of in the reverse Disney’s Little Mermaid but they don’t end well.

Type: Hybrid, Sea Monster, Humanoid
From: Various Worldwide Mythologies.
Features: Has upper body of a woman and a fish like torso and tail. Said to be beautiful with long hair and semi-divine. Have sharp claws and teeth as well as underwater respiration. Known for singing their songs.
Behavior: Can be solitary or travel in groups. Can see in the dark and resist the cold. They can even read people’s thoughts.
Habitat: Seas and Oceans.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they have been known to lure lonely sailors by overcoming them with lust and dragging them to their underwater kingdoms. The sailors usually drowned. Yet, whether they caused their deaths accidentally or out of pure spite, depends on the story. Also known to cause horrible storms that led to shipwrecks and a lot of sailors’ deaths. Have enhanced strength and are fast swimmers.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re part human so no.
How to Get Rid of It: I don’t know, either break her heart, fish net, harpoon, or run her aground.

29. Harpy

Now while the Sirens may sing sailors just to eat them, these fearsome ladies tend to snatch and torture those on a one way ticket to Tartarus or Ancient Greek Hell.

Now while the Sirens may sing sailors just to eat them, these fearsome ladies tend to snatch and torture those on a one way ticket to Tartarus or Ancient Greek Hell.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Has the top half of a witch with extremely claws and wings of a vulture. Sometimes depicted as ugly hags with long greasy hair and faces covered in warts or beautiful women. Reek of decay and death and nearly impossible to bear everywhere they went.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Willing to steal any scrap of food they set eyes on and foul anything they didn’t consume. Charged with abducted and torturing souls on the way to Tartarus.
Habitat: Greece
Is It Dangerous?: Tended to torture the wicked by pecking and scratching their bodies endlessly as well as prevented a guy from eating his food by vomiting on it (or stealing it). Also, though they’d usually snatch the dead souls, sometimes they’d sneak out the Underworld in search of living prey. A lot of mysterious disappearances in Ancient Greece were blamed on them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Since they’re part human, not really.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t they’re immortal.

30. Griffin

Yes, these are awesome birds that guard treasure as well as eat horses. Still, pretty cool though despite the viciousness. Yes, I'd want a statue of one on my front door bannister.

Yes, these are awesome birds that guard treasure as well as eat horses. Still, pretty cool though despite the viciousness. Yes, I’d want a statue of one on my front door bannister.

Type: Hybrid, Divine Bird
From: Egyptian and Mesopotamian Mythology
Features: Has head, claws, and wings of an eagle and body and tail of a lion. Large, powerful, and majestic. Sometimes depicted with lion ears.
Behavior: Solitary. Fond of treasure and are eager to dig and guard it in their mountain lairs.
Habitat: Middle East as well as parts of Europe and Asia. Lives in the mountains near their treasure troves.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They don’t take well to treasure seeking humans invading their nests, especially on horseback. They are prone to killing horses on sight, though they may occasionally mate with some of them. These birds are aggressive, very strong, and will use their claws if they have to.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: C’mon, despite killing horses, these birds are cool. I mean you don’t want to get rid of them.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 1 – Abominable Snowman to Tarrasque

Mythical creatures have always fascinated us since many of them do tend to look cool. Some of them have been  folk monsters in stories and superstitions that date back generations. Others are relatively recent creatures of urban legend. Some of these are monsters you may be familiar with or have dressed up for Halloween while others may not be so well known. Nevertheless, they are creatures that are well worth a look since Halloween will soon be upon us even if it’s just the month of September so I might as well get this series out of the way. In this selection we will look at a few cryptid monsters like the Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot, and the Chupacabra. We’ll see some dragons of legend like Cetus, Fafnir, Wyvern, and Tarrasque. We’ll look at a few monsters from Greek mythology like the Cyclops, Chimera, the Cretan Bull, Cerberus, and the Erymanthian Boar. Finally, we’ll take a glance at the legendary Basilisk as well as H. P.  Lovecraft’s best known Eldritch Abomination Cthulhu. So without further adieu, do I introduce the first installment of my series on mythological creatures.

1. Abominable Snowman (a. k. a. Yeti, Meteth, or Rakshasa)

Of course, this Yeti is angry with all the tourism that's going on Mt. Everest these days.

Of course, there’s a reason why the Yeti are known as the Abominable Snowmen for a reason because you don’t want to run into them.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid
From: Tibetan Folklore
Features: Usually giant human-like body, white shaggy fur, big feet. Walks upright and is very strong and athletic. Said to make a whistling sound or roar like a lion but smells bad. Could have large yellow teeth and razor sharp fangs. Tibetan legends have three variations of Yeti called the Rimi (2-3m), the Nyalmot (2.5-4.5 m), and the Raksi-Bombo (1-1.5m), which all vary in height. Yet, their versions usually could be red or gray. Often portrayed as a tall ape-like figure covered in white hair akin to a Himalayan Sasquatch. Sometimes depicted with a bear, dog, or cat head though. Also could be depicted with horns. Said to live up to 1,000 years.
Behavior: They’re mostly solitary and only meet each other during mating season.
Habitat: Mostly in the Himalayan Mountains. Buddhist legends say they live in dense snow caves on the glaciers.
Is It Dangerous?: They’re known to be extremely territorial as well as very strong, athletic, could survive very harsh conditions, and have good sensory perception. Yet, they’re said to mainly eat greens and vegetables but will devour humans if they have the opportunity. They’re also rumored to be very fond of strong alcoholic drinks. Still, Buddhist legend states that they’re peaceful and shy. Some sources say they’re aggressive and will attack humans, especially if threatened. So yes, they’re dangerous.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Other than have it run off a cliff at a high elevation, I really can’t say. Shooting them won’t do much damage.

2. Chupacabra

This Chupacabra looks as if it's a mix between a porcupine, hyena, and a bull dog with rabies.

This Chupacabra looks as if it’s a mix between a porcupine, hyena, and a bull dog with rabies.

Type: Cryptid
From: Latin America
Features: Most commonly depicted as a heavy creature about the size of a small bear (like 3-5ft tall) with spikes on its back from head to tail. Usually depicted as a green with leathery greenish gray skin and an alien shaped head bearing big red eyes, though it could be depicted as a hairless dog or a large mammalian predator with hair. Is mostly seen upright and hopping like a kangaroo. Sometimes depicted with bat wings wings or horns. Could have forked tongue, a wolf like nose, and large fangs. Said to hiss and screech when alarmed and leave a sulfuric stench behind. Is a shapeshifter.
Behavior: Primarily solitary and nocturnal at least in its normal form.
Habitat: The Americas particularly as north as the Southern US to South America.
Is It Dangerous?: Has a habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, particularly goats. Whether they’re dangerous to humans isn’t quite clear.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No, especially if you’re a goat farmer.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how.

3. Cretan Bull

You can never guess that this white bull was the father of the Minotaur making the latter a product of bestiality. Yeah, I know that's depraved but that's the Ancient Greeks for you.

You can never guess that this white bull was the father of the Minotaur making the latter a product of bestiality. Yeah, I know that’s fucked up but that’s the Ancient Greeks for you.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Greek Mythology
Features: A large white bull. Created and sent forth from the sea by Poseidon as a gift to King Minos, then later used as the sea god’s tool to get back at Minos. Yet, can be depicted other colors though.
Behavior: Depends on how Poseidon and Minos are getting along.
Habitat: Crete, naturally. Was later released to Marathon by Hercules.
Is It Dangerous?: It’s an uncontrollably angry bull thanks to Poseidon falling out with Minos, yet somehow his wife Pasiphae was able to fall in love and mate with it, producing the Minotaur.
Can It Be Domesticated?: It’s hard to say. It was owned by King Minos, but he caused a lot of trouble at Crete like levelling orchard walls and destroying crops. So domestication probably wouldn’t work out.
How to Get Rid of It: Send Hercules or Theseus to capture him while the latter had it finally sacrificed.

4. Cerberus

Though it bears a great resemblance in almost every way, this isn't the monster protecting the Sorcerer's Stone in the first Harry Potter book. Rather it's basically guarding the Underworld to keep souls from getting out.

Though it bears a great resemblance in almost every way, this isn’t the monster Fluffy protecting the Sorcerer’s Stone in the first Harry Potter book. Rather it’s basically Cerberus guarding the Underworld to keep souls from getting out.

Type: Hybrid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Mostly depicted as a giant 3-headed dog about 16ft high. Yet, the Greek myths also said he had a spiked dragon’s tale and manes made out of live serpents. Very strong and immortal. Makes ear splitting howls day and night. Has razor sharp teeth that shoot with venom and breath fatal to humans.
Behavior: Basically guards the Underworld for Hades to keep mortals out and the place dead inside.
Habitat: The Greek Underworld.
Is It Dangerous?: Since Hades is one of the nicest Greek gods, Cerberus may be fierce demonic dog but he’s not known to bite or attack anyone. Yet, this doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous for Hades has him as a guard dog for a reason and he’s known to eat trespassers with his breath. However, he does have a weakness for soft flute music and cake if you want to get past him.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, since its owned by Hades and only by him. He can also have you borrow him as long as you don’t hurt him and bring him back when you’re done. And Hercules did.
How to Get Rid of It: Since Hades owns it, to do so would be impossible.

5. Cthulhu

I'm sure there's no way in hell that woman and her dog are going to escape that Lovecraftian monstrosity.

I’m sure there’s no way in hell that woman and her dog are going to escape that Lovecraftian monstrosity. Sorry, but Beelzebub isn’t going to have the devil put aside in this case since Cthulhu is the devil here and won’t take no for an answer.

Type: Eldritch Abomination, Sea Monster
From: H. P. Lovecraft
Features: Has large green human like body, squid like head with long tentacles, giant bat like wings, and sharp eagle like talons. Depicted with thick green skin covered in scales and wart like bumps. Can shapeshift.
Behavior: Solitary yet he was a high priest of an ancient alien race called “the Great Old Ones.”
Habitat: Pacific Ocean
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely. Can use his tentacles and talons to crush or tear apart his enemies. He is a bloodthirsty mythical beast that can invade people’s dreams and control them with his mind. He tends to have them perform human sacrifices to him to prove their loyalty. Has a tendency to go on a rampage of death and destruction to quench its thirst for bloodshed and violence. So if you come across him, you’re basically screwed.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not since he has the tendency to domesticate humans.
How to Get Rid of It: He’s immortal so you can’t. If you encounter him, you’re screwed.

6. Basilisk

I'm sure Harry Potter fans aren't going to be too happy using this picture for the Basilisk. Yet, this creature's appearance was said to have a chicken head in the earliest legends.

I’m sure Harry Potter fans aren’t going to be too happy using this picture for the Basilisk. Yet, this creature’s appearance was said to have a chicken head in the earliest legends.

Type: Hybrid, Serpent
From: Roman Mythology
Features: Usually depicted as a reptile though size and composition may vary according to depiction. Head and claws of a rooster with a reptile’s body and tail in a traditional sense. Said to be the size of a chicken and tend to be depicted with feathers or with dagger like teeth lined in their pointed beaks. In some depictions, they have fangs. Sometimes could be depicted as a giant snake like in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Sometimes depicted as a dragon.
Behavior: Solitary as far as we know.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Hell, yes. They could kill all but a few living things with a single glance even from afar. Also, have poisonous breath and could quickly kill their victims with strangulation. It’s venom is highly deadly that it one drop could kill in a matter of minutes and could contaminate water for 100 years. And as we learn from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, its glance through certain mediums like ghosts, mirrors, water, and cameras could result in petrification which can only be cured by mandrakes. Also one of the most dangerous creatures from that universe.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Unless you’re the heir of Slytherin, you should probably not even think about it.
How to Get Rid of It: Either get a weasel or crow to scare it away or trick it into seeing its own reflection in a mirror making it unintentionally kill itself. Having a rooster around is a good deterrent since a rooster crow could send it to a violent death through disorientation and seizures. If it’s a giant snake, then blinding it and putting a sword through its head would do. Yet, make sure you have a phoenix with you if you do the latter.

7. Cyclops

If this is the cyclops Polyphemus from Homer's Odyssey, then he's going to have it coming with Odysseus soon.

If this is the cyclops Polyphemus from Homer’s Odyssey, then he’s going to have it coming with Odysseus soon.

Type: Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Bipedal with one eye are its defining features. Usually humanoid. Traditionally a hairy giant covered in insects and filth. They also smell terrible. However, it could take on a humanoid appearance and be normal size like Leela from Futurama, though I’m not sure if she’s technically one but she matches a lot of depictions. Could resemble anything from trolls to Sasquatch. Sometimes depicted with a horn on its head, too. In Greek mythology there are many different types such as the Steropes, Arges, and the Brontes (yet I’m sure they aren’t the sisters who wrote about madwomen in attics and women falling for awful men like Heathcliff or Mr. Rochester).
Behavior: Their social behavior varies. Can have repulsive grooming habits as well as spend a lot of time making tools and weapons for Hephaestus.
Habitat: Various regions of Greece and surrounding areas.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they like to feast on raw flesh, including humans. Pounding their humongous hammers could cause earthquakes while heating from their furnaces could be responsible for volcanic eruptions, according to the Ancient Greeks. Yet, they possess great strength and stamina, have power over lightning, acute hearing and vision, and are invulnerable to heat. Still, since many of them are Poseidon’s kids, you don’t want to mess with them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not, since they’re technically humanoid.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, according to Odysseus, getting one drunk and sticking a spear into its eye certainly did the trick. Let’s just say Polyphemus had no idea what he was dealing with. Still, most of the time you don’t want to get rid of them if they’re working under Hephaestus, not that you won’t be able to kill them anyway.

8. Chimera

Despite the butch appearance of a mane, the Chimera is actually a girl. Don't ask me I get this tidbit from Greek mythology here. Still, I'm sure the Chimera's masculine appearance won't get her labeled as a member of a lioness softball team or associated with the East German lionesses.

Despite the butch appearance of a mane, the Chimera is actually a girl. Don’t ask me I get this tidbit from Greek mythology here. Still, I’m sure the Chimera’s masculine appearance won’t get her labeled as a member of a lioness softball team or associated with the East German lionesses.

Type: Hybrid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Traditionally depicted with three heads consisting of a snake, lioness, and goat, yet configuration varies. Has a body of a lioness. Some depictions have a lion mane even though the one in Greek Mythology is female. Sometimes depicted with another snake head, goat horns, and/or dragon wings. Sometimes portrayed with two snake heads and no goat head at all. Sometimes even has a dragon head or feather wings.
Behavior: Usually solitary.
Habitat: Lycia in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Can breathe fire and have three heads attack independently. Has been known to kill people and resist many attempts on her life. Seeing her was a bad omen for storms, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. Is very strong, has enhanced senses, and very sharp claws.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Poisoned spear by Bellerophon with the help of Pegasus.

9. Bigfoot (a. k. a. Sasquatch)

I'm sure you won't see this scene from Harry and the Hendersons. Still, you don't want to mess with this Sasquatch.

I’m sure you won’t see this scene from Harry and the Hendersons. Still, you don’t want to mess with this Sasquatch.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid
From: United States, possibly from Native American Legend
Features: Usually depicted as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Kind of a cross between a human and a large ape, particularly an orangutan or gorilla. Can be 7-9ft tall and weigh up to 500 pounds. Has big feet. Can live up to 123 years.
Behavior: Solitary. Omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.
Habitat: Mainly in forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Is It Dangerous?: It can be since it can crush trees with a single punch and has enhanced senses, particularly night vision and smell. Still, you don’t want to mess with it.
Can It Be Domesticated?: If domesticating one didn’t work out for the Hendersons, then it certainly won’t work out for you.
How to Get Rid of It: If you actually saw one, you wouldn’t want to get rid of it, especially if you work for the History Channel.

10. Cetus

Of course, "release the Cetus" doesn't seem to be quite badass. Still, this is the monster that Perseus saved Andromeda from and not the Kraken which would make more mythological sense if it was featured in Thor.

Of course, “release the Cetus” doesn’t seem to be quite badass. Still, this is the monster that Perseus saved Andromeda from and not the Kraken which would make more mythological sense if it was featured in Thor.

Type: Dragon, Sea Monster
From: Greek Mythology (it’s actually the monster Perseus fought to save Andromeda, the Kraken was just used for Clash of the Titans because Ray Harryhausen simply didn’t want to do another dragon. Of course, “Release the Cetus” doesn’t have a nice ring to it.)
Features: Has large head, clawed forearms, serpent-like body and tail. Could be depicted as a sea monster or serpentine fish. Said to have canine like front legs and a whale’s torso with a serpentine tail slit at the end.
Behavior: Solitary and only does Poseidon’s bidding.
Habitat: Western Asia. Is amphibious so it could live on sea or land.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it nearly killed Andromeda who was chained to a rock for its dinner. Has been known to destroy an entire city. Still, you only have to worry about its viciousness if you’re not on good terms with Poseidon.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only if you’re Poseidon since it’s his pet.
How to Get Rid of It: Perseus just used Medusa’s severed head and held it up to the creature’s eyes.

11. Ladon

Of course, if you want any of them golden apples, you'll have to get through this serpentine dragon first, Hercules.

Of course, if you want any of them golden apples, you’ll have to get through this serpentine dragon first, Hercules.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Snake like with numerous heads. Sometimes depicted as a standard dragon.
Behavior: Solitary. Guards the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides.
Habitat: The Garden of the Hesperides. Resides twisted around the tree of the golden apples.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, it’s dangerous since it’s pretty fierce and is charged to guard the golden apples.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, it’s charged to guard the golden apples for the gods so it must be answerable to somebody.
How to Get Rid of It: Killed by Hercules with an arrow in most versions, though it’s observed by Jason and the Argonauts sometime later.

12. Erymanthian Boar

Now here's one nasty pig that's big, mean, and wildly out of control. You don't want to get past this piece of bacon.

Now here’s one nasty pig that’s big, mean, and wildly out of control. You don’t want to get past this piece of bacon.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Extremely large boar with razor sharp teeth. As tall as an adult human and weighs a ton. Said to have canine teeth and large upward tusks. Snored loudly.
Behavior: Solitary and very aggressive.
Habitat: Mount Erymanthus
Is It Dangerous?: Yep, very aggressive. Would descend Mount Erymanthus daily goring and ramming victims as well as rampaging the countryside. This is one very nasty pig.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, it was used by the gods at times to settle scores. May have been owned by Apollo.
How to Get Rid of It: Captured by Hercules who provoked to run outside its den into the deep snow.

13. Fafnir

Basically, the story of Fafnir guarding a large treasure trove in a mountain only to be defeated by a little person would later be ripped of by J. R. R. Tolkein. Look it up, LOTR and Hobbit fans. Still, my parents aren't to fond of the Peter Jackson movies.

Basically, the story of Fafnir guarding a large treasure trove in a mountain only to be defeated by a little person would later be ripped off by J. R. R. Tolkein. Look it up, LOTR and Hobbit fans. Still, my parents aren’t to fond of the Peter Jackson movies. Well, as far as The Hobbit is concerned.

Type: Dragon, Serpent
From: Norse Mythology (inspiration for Smaug from The Hobbit)
Features: Traditionally serpent-like and huge. Often depicted as a conventional dragon and occasionally with a horn on his head. Can also talk.
Behavior: Solitary. Used to be the son of a dwarf king until he got greedy and mean.
Habitat: Iceland. Lives in a cave where he greedily guards his cursed treasure of Andvari.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, he breathes poison all around the countryside and is very strong.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Owing that he was once a dwarf and has an agenda, then no.
How to Get Rid of It: Mortally struck by Sigurd with a sword. Yet, he did say the guy’s foster father wanted to kill him and have the treasure himself.

14. Wyvern

Defeat one of these nasty dragons and you'll be a local legend in your town for life. Seriously, it's a very dangerous dragon, which should suit Hagrid just fine.

Defeat one of these nasty dragons and you’ll be a local legend in your town for life. Seriously, it’s a very dangerous dragon, which should suit Hagrid just fine.

Type: Dragon
From: Northern Europe Folklore
Features: Serpentine head, winged spiked body with pointed tail. Have very long legs and very terrible breath reminiscent of devoured meat and flesh. Has no arms. One of the largest species of dragons. Sometimes depicted with horns. A sea dwelling variant has a fish tail.
Behavior: Solitary. Always flying and looking for food.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They could expel fire from their noses and are deemed exceptionally powerful and evil to the core. They eat just about any animal they could get their hands on and kill without remorse. Can squash crowds of people, herds of livestock, and even village buildings.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Legend doesn’t quite say but those who do kill one are usually seen as heroes. Make that what you will.

15. Tarrasque (a. k. a. Tarasco)

No, contrary to its appearance, this fire breathing monster isn't a dinosaur from Jurassic Park. Actually it's a ferocious dragon from French Folklore.

No, contrary to its appearance, this fire breathing monster isn’t a dinosaur from Jurassic Park. Actually it’s a ferocious dragon from French Folklore.

Type: Dragon
From: French Folklore
Features: Sharp fangs, body covered in large iron-like scales, and whip like tail. Said to have a lion’s head, ox like body covered in turtle shell, spikes along its back, and a scorpion stinger tail. Often depicted as a giant spiked turtle-lizard.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Nerulac, France
Is It Dangerous?: Hell yes. Spews fire from its mouth, tail is poisonous, and could destroy buildings. Destroyed many villages and killed many peasants. Was invincible against knights and catapults. Yet, has a weakness for soft music.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not unless you’re Saint Martha.
How to Get Rid of It: Calmed down by Saint Martha of Bethany (don’t ask me) by music and blinded it with her lock of hair made into a leash. Once she led it to Nerulac, the villagers killed it once and for all.