There are so many mythical animals or creatures that kept us interested since our early days. The stories of peoples or animals with amazing powers and different roles keep us more and more of this old world charm. Animals along with birds, are part of mythical and legendary creatures. There are animals and birds with supernatural powers or they appear along with a combination of animal and human with a special purpose in life. Here is the list of 10 mythical animals that exist in mythical stories,
Centaur is one of the popular mythical animals that exist in Greek mythology creatures which is a part human and part-horse. They have a human’s head, arms, torso along with the body and legs of a horse. It is believed to inhabit Mount Pelion and Magnesia in Thessaly, the Malean peninsula of southern Laconia, and the Folio forest in Elis. Its is characterized as lawless, wild, and inhospitable. There are various theories states that centaurs came from ancient people who saw nomads riding horses for the first time. Centaur is most famous for their battle with the Lapiths. This battle is called Centauromachy.
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Phoenix originated from the religious and naturalistic symbolism in ancient Egypt. It is a bird that has a colourful plumage corresponding to fire which is red, orange, yellow, and gold. There are theories that say when a Phoenix dies in its own fire, it will soon rise again from the ashes. Phoenix lives in paradise and known to have a good life. It is characterised by its beauty and symbolizes the fire element. One of the mythical animals symbolizes eternal life, transformation, death, and rebirth in its fire. It is one of the most powerful mystical creatures with supernatural Combustion powers.
Pegasus is also one of the most popular mythical creatures in Greek mythology. Talking about the appearance, it is pure white with wings. Pegasus is the son of Poseidon and Medusa and was born from her blood when the hero Perseus cut her head off. This is an immortal winged horse along with his brother the golden-sworded Chrysaor, Pegasus sprang forth most miraculously from his pregnant mother’s neck after Perseus had beheaded her. There was also a brief interval of time when Pegasus belonged to a mortal, Bellerophon, the celebrated hero and slayer of monsters.
Leviathan knew as Hebrew Livyatan was a primordial sea serpent in Jewish mythology. The creature has been referenced in the Hebrew Bible in the psalms, Book of Job, the Book of Amos and the Book of Isaiah. It has appeared in the Psalms 74:14 as a multi-headed sea serpent that is killed by God and given as food to the Hebrews in the wilderness. Coming to the Isaiah 27:1, Leviathan is a serpent and a symbol of Israel’s enemies, who will be slain by God. Then in Job 41, where it is a sea monster and a symbol of God’s power of creation. Talking about the Christian views, Leviathan said to be the Demon of Envy or the embodiment of Satan and said would devour most of the sinners.
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Griffin also spelt as griffon or gryphon is one of teh majestic mythical creatures with a lion’s body (winged or wingless) and a bird’s head that resembles an eagle. This is also one of the most decorative motifs in the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean lands. Talking about the appearance, Griffin has a crested head, whereas the Minoan and Greek gryphon usually had a mane of spiral curls. During the iron age, the gryphon was again prominent in both Asia and Greece. The lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds and by the middle ages gryphon was exceptionally powerful and majestic creatures and it is known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.
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The dragon was a legendary monster and one of the powerful mythical animals equipped with huge, bat-winged, fire-breathing, scaly lizard or snake with a barbed tail. The name was derived from the word drakōn from which English word Dragon was derived and was used originally for any large serpent especially sea serpent but whatever shape it later assumed it will remain like a snake. During the Middle Eastern world where the snake was described by large and deadly bodies is also the principle of evil.
Minotaur, according to Greek mythology is a mythical creature that was portrayed in Classical times with the head and tail of a bull and the body of a man. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. The word Minotaur was derived by the Ancient Greek Μῑνώταυρος that means a compound of the name Μίνως (Minos) and the noun ταύρος “bull”, translated as “(the) Bull of Minos”. It is a Prisoner of the Labyrinth and body constitutes of the half man and half bull. It was imprisoned there by his stepfather, King Minos of Crete, he dined on human flesh supplied by the city of Athens.
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Unicorn is one of the legendary mythical animals that were popular among children and adults in awe for ages. Talking about the appearance, it has a pure white magical horse with a single, pointed, spiral horn projecting from its forehead. The creature has appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China. According to the early Greek literature, the animal was described by the historian Ctesias (c. 400 BCE), who related that the Indian wild ass was the size of a horse, with a white body, purple head, and blue eyes.
Sphinx is also one of the mythical creatures described in classical Greek mythology with a human’s head and a lion’s body. According to the Greek tradition, the creature has ahead of a woman the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. Sphinx is mythicized as a treacherous and merciless that can kill and eat those who cannot answer her riddle. The deadly version of the sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus. It is generally associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples.
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Kraken is a sea monster that resembles a giant squid. The story was originated from Scandinavian folklore where the mythical creature can take the shape of a number 8 which is the symbol for infinity when drawn on its back. It resembles a life without end and it is also thought to be a sacred animal. It is believed that it haunts the seas from Norway through Iceland and Greenland, according to the Nordic folklore. It can grow upto 13–15 meters (40–50 feet) in length and the fearsome appearance termed it as an ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works.
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