Mythical Creatures from Around the World

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Mythical creatures have long fueled the imagination of people around the world. They have been become fixtures in folk tales, legends, and tall tales some of which can be convincing. Many have trembled in anxiety and fear with just the thought of meeting one of them. Real or not, these mythical creatures are hard to ignore. And these are just some of them.

Banshee

In Irish mythology, a banshee is a female spirit that foretells death by screaming or screeching loudly. This mythical creature is often described as an ugly, old, and scruffy-looking woman. But there have been stories that the mythical banshee is the goddess Morrigan.

Cerberus

In Greek mythology, Cerberus is known as the “hound of Hades”. It is often depicted as a three-headed dog that purportedly stands guard at the entrance to Hades’ world. Cerberus is a well-known mythical creature and has been featured in one of the Harry Potter books and films.

Dragons

The Chinese Dragon is a mythical creature that traces its roots in China. It has a long, almost serpent-like body. It possesses powers that can control the elements. Legends believe that a dragon’s power can summon rains and even hurricanes. They also embody strength and power and are believe to be capable of imbuing such traits to people.

Gumiho

Gumiho is a Korean mythical creature. It is a nine tailed fox that takes on the appearance of a beautiful woman. Legends depict them as scary creatures hiding under the guise of an enthralling woman. Many believe that they eat the liver of men.

Mananggal

Manananggal is one of the mythical creatures in the Philippines. It is often illustrated or portrayed as a fearsome woman. It can grow bat-like wings and separate its upper body while leaving its torso behind. It is said to prey on babies and pregnant women. Some believed that putting salt on the lower half of the manananggal’s body will prevent it from reattaching itself.

Phoenix

The Phoenix is another fascinating creature from Greek mythology. It is a beautiful bird that goes through the cycle of birth and rebirth. Once it reaches the end of its cycle, the bird is said to burst into flames and burn into ashes. It is reborn as it rises from its own ashes.

Unicorn

The unicorn is a beautiful creature in Greek mythology. It is often depicted as a pure white horse that sports a spiraling horn. It symbolizes purity.

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