This short list, or anthology if you will, of mythological creatures from around the world shows us just how interesting the human mind is. All of these beings were believed at some point to be as real as bears or wolves are in forests, or gentle dolphins at sea.
Nevertheless, our imaginations never disappoints and here are some examples of what our ancestors once believed roamed the face of the Earth. This list of mythological creatures, even though long..ish, is nowhere even close to how many mythological creatures are actually in the world, in every culture, and every tradition.
Like language, depending on where people went, what they did, ate, what they saw, who they fought and what they were afraid of, influenced their pantheon of mythological creatures exponentially. It’s no wonder then that neighboring cultures have somewhat similar beings they believed in, but also some creatures which are unique only to them.
Some countries have even taken such mythological creatures as their country’s emblem. Take Scotland for example, who have the Unicorn as their national animal. You would have thought it would be the Loch Ness Monster, but alas it isn’t.
The Chinese on the other hand, is believed to have come up with their version of the dragon, after discovering dinosaur fossils in the ground. Believing them to be of some magical creatures, they gave them elemental powers and became very important in Chinese culture.
Which one of these creatures scares or intrigues you the most? Would you add any other mythological creature to the list? What’s your country’s most famous monster, creature, or legendary demon? Let us know in the comments… We’re already getting goosebumps!