FORMS OF MYTHICAL CREATURES
Almost every culture on Earth has legends of imaginary beasts. Some are like humans with supernatural powers; some are part human, a part animal; while others are unlike anything we know. But, we do have a fascination with all these creatures through films and stories. So, let us have a look at these mythical creatures of all times.
MYTHICAL CREATURES OF ALL TIME
Giants or ogres are enormous human-shaped creatures. Usually, they are seen as fearsome but stupid monsters that feed on human flesh. Famous giants include Goliath in the Bible, Cyclops, Atlas and Titans in Greek mythology.
Also, most of us are aware of the story “The Selfish Giant”. This is one kind of bedtime story we all like especially kids. Although it is a fantasy, we enter into the narrative deeply when we read it because of its premise and character.
Leprechauns are small Irish fairies who bring good luck. According to our imagination, they are creatures wearing green clothes, with an apron, buckled shoes. They are fond of alcohol, music and sport, but they are also mischievous and love practical jokes. And, other “little people”, including elves, gnomes and pixies, appear in many European fairy stories.
A centaur is half-horse and half-man with the head and arms of a man and the body of a horse. We are aware of this creature in the movie “Narnia” and many other fantasy movies. It is one of the best known of all Greek mythological creatures. Also, it is believed to have existed from Thessaly in northern Greece. Due to our skilful horsemanship in ancient times, this myth arise.
We all love this creature and most of us have a liking for it. Mostly, all of us wished to have a fairy in our life inspired by famous tales like “Cinderella”. Fairies are sweet, kind creatures. However, in the middle ages, people believed fairies stole children and replace them with fairy beings known as Changelings.
This is another interesting creature. Mermaids are beautiful creatures with the head and body of a woman and the tail of a fish. The first mermaid legend is Atargatis, a Syrian moon goddess of 1000 BC. She is married to a man and had children. Later, she killed her lover, abandoned the child and jumped into a lake, where she took the form of a mermaid.
Vampires are the “undead” who drink the blood of the living to survive. Myths about vampire include plunging a wooden stake through a vampires heart can destroy it. Also, we can protect ourselves from vampires with garlic, holy water, crosses and bibles. And, a vampire cannot enter a house unless invited. Reading these makes us feel crazy but we are in the state of accepting it.
Werewolves or Lycanthropes are mythical creatures in the folk tales of many cultures. The werewolf is bloodthirsty and ruthless. Another interesting fact is, they appear as a man during the day and turn into wolves at the night. Also, It devours its prey and shows none of the remorse it felt in human form. This is one interesting fact which turns our attention towards it.
Trolls are grotesque, malicious, rather dim-witted creatures in Scandinavian folklore. They are said to steal sleeping children, sometimes replacing them with one of their own. Also, trolls have poor eyesight and are active only at night because sunlight turns them to stone.
Dragons appear in the myths of many cultures, especially China, where the dragon is a symbol of the emperor. A typical dragon is a serpent-like body covered with scales, large wings, and can breathe fire. In legends, dragons often guard a cave of treasure.
DO THEY REALLY EXIST?
These are some of the mythical creatures of all times. We’ve always been through these charters in films, storybooks, sleeping stories, etc. Most of us have no concept of their existence, yet we are all fascinated and like viewing movies that are linked to them. We all realize that many fantasy films have generated billions. Therefore, it’s not about existence, but the imagination and myth in us. In conclusion, we cannot verify their presence, but by our imagination, we may have them in our lives.
Written by: Ananie Borgia