Tales of magical adventures and supernatural creatures always mystify. In legends of old, books, old and new, several movies and countless video games, popular mythical creatures and there derivatives have consistently emerged. But No one has ever found any sound proof over the existence of the creatures mentioned below.
So here i have compiled a list of some of the most popular mythical creatures.
The Dragon has roots in Chinese and Greek mythology as well as in European folklore. The creature holds varied symbolic significance in each of several different legends and appears in diverse forms – from a winged, fire-spewing demon to a wise, virtuous master of all elements. “Dragon” is English for Greek “drakon”, which means “a huge serpent”.
This creature is probably every little girl’s favorite mythical animal. The modern Unicorn is a docile, beautiful stallion with a single horn on its forehead. The original Unicorn, however, was an un-tamable butt noble horse with additionally a goat beard, a lion’s tail and cloven hooves.
Vampires are probably the most popular from amongst all mythical creatures. With their dreadful fangs, greater agility and endurance and an insatiable lust for blood, these undead immortals have haunted our minds through folklore, modern books and movies, the most popular of which would be Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the modern hit series (among much skepticism), Twilight.
The Werewolf has frequent mentions in European folklore and modern urban legends. The creature is a man who can shapeshift into a large, man-like wolf either at will or when the moon is full. The urban legend of the Werewolf still persists. It is believed that one bitten by a werewolf is plagued by the same curse.
Pegasus is a winged white horse from Greek mythology. It is said to be the offspring of sea-god Poseidon and Gorgon Medusa, born from the blood that gushed out of Medusa’s neck when she was slain by Purseus.
Half-human, half-horse, the Centaur is one of the many popular creatures from Greek Mythology. The nature of Centaurs, like the contrast in their bodies, is sometimes seen as fierce and un-tamable and at others, as wise and scholarly.
The Phoenix is mythical bird found in Greek, Chinese, Egyptian and Persian folklore. The Phoenix is often seen as a beautiful, red and golden bird writhed in fire. At the end of one life-cycle, the Phoenix bursts into flames only to be reincarnated from the same fire. Owing to this, it is often portrayed as a symbol of rebirth.
The Minotaur is a Greek mythological creature with the body of a man and the head a bull. The creature, according to legend, is said to be a ferocious monster imprisoned in the Cretan Labyrinth, where it was slain by Theseus.
The Mermaid is a part-woman, part-fish marine creature with origins in British folklore. Mermaids, in contrast to their portrayal in most cartoons, were originally believed to be omens of disaster. It is hypothesized that sightings of marine animals the likes of manatees may be responsible for the said myth.
“Gorgon” is derived from the Greek word “gorgos”, which means “dreadful” – an apt name for the three terrible sisters from Greek mythology that have a mop of snakes and eyes that turn all who look directly into them, into stone. Out of the three Stheno and Euryale are said to be immortal whereas Medusa is not.
Author Sameed Khan