Here are a few more Mythical Beasts
Depending on where you live, this mythical creature goes by several names, but essentially they all represent the same giant woodland/mountain
personna. he has been faked so many times it is almost as if old Bigfoot has gone into the world of monster-gags. From beer commercials to Harry and
the Hendersons and Open Season, we love Bigfoot and his international cousins Yeti and Sasquatch because he has provided us with so much quality
entertainment over the years. Not all monsters have to be scary, sometimes its just fun to say,“Bigfoot”.
The Banshee, aside from being known for a piercing scream, is an Irish spirit known for being the Omen of death, and having special connections in the
spirit world. She is something of a shapeshifter, in that she can appear in many forms, ranging from an ugly old hag to a ravishing beauty, but my
favorite is the version where she appears as a washer-woman, and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die.
Talk about a sight that you just don’t want to see while heading down the trail. Their piercing scream is a warning that someone is about to be
taken by Death, but I imagine that if your eardrums are being pierced by their shrieking and you are watching someone wash the blood from your own
clothes, you are probably about ready to call it a day by then anyway.
The Manticore was a fierce looking creature, with the body of a red lion, the face of a blue-eyed human and a mouth with three rows of sharp pointy
teeth. And if that wasn’t enough, the Manticore′s tail had a scorpion-like stinger with poisoned spines that could be shot, like arrows in any
direction. Despite the scary looks, the beast was attributed with having a musical voice that was the mixture of pipes and a trumpet. The earliest
accounts seem to be from Persian legend. The name itself is from the Old Persian martikhoras meaning ‘man-eater’. The earliest accounts of the
existence of the manticore come from the Persian courts in the 5th century BC, documented by Ctesias, a Greek physician at the Persian court.
The Hydra was one of the more terrifying mythical monsters of ancient Greece, the offspring of Echidna (half maiden – half serpent), and Typhon (had
100 heads), according to legend. The Hydra had the body of a serpent and many heads (the number of heads deviates from five up to one hundred there
are many versions but generally nine is accepted as standard), and if any of the heads were severed another would grow in its place. And just to make
sure that the beast had the full advantage, the stench from the Hydra’s breath was enough to kill man or beast. Talk about wicked morning breath!
Werewolves (lycanthrope) are only second to vampires in terms of popularity. Perhaps, like vampires, belief in humans that turn into wild predatory
(and sometimes, nocturnal) animals exists in all major world cultures. Many psychologists attribute this to the natural animal instinct that resides
in the psyche of all men, an instinct that existed since the dawn of mankind. Werewolves were said to bare tell-tale traits in medieval European
folklore, including the meeting of both eyebrows at the bridge of the nose, curved fingernails, low set ears and a swinging stride. (This actually
sounds like several people I know!) One method of identifying a werewolf in its human form was to cut the flesh of the accused, under the pretense
that fur would be seen within the wound. A Russian superstition recalls a werewolf can be recognised by bristles under the tongue.