A “mythological creature” refers to any fictional animal or hybrid found solely in folklore, myths and legend.
Despite the lack of hard proof for the existence of mythical beasts, numerous theories have been created to explain they’re possible existence. Here is a list of mythical creatures with descriptions of their backgrounds and appearances.
1. Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster
The Picts, an ancient Scottish people, are responsible for perpetuating the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, commonly known as Nessie. Although she isn’t the only legendary aquatic monster in Scotland’s lore, Nessie is the most well-known.
The Loch Ness Monster could be mistaken for a plesiosaur, an aquatic dinosaur. Due to widespread scepticism of any photographic or eyewitness evidence, the creature appears to be fictional. And yet, many people today continue to hold out hope that they can find Nessie.
2. Chinas Dragon
There is no more well-known mythical monster from Chinese culture than the dragon. The Chinese dragon was a popular symbol for the emperor throughout Imperial China. The dragon symbolises good fortune, power, and strength in ancient Chinese culture.
The yang, or male force, in the Yin and Yang symbol, was represented by dragons. The massive reptiles resemble snakes in appearance but are capable of standing on all fours. Work depicting these ethereal entities often uses primary colours, particularly reds and blues.
3. Greece’s Mermaids
Mermaids can be seen as good or bad, depending on the culture. Mermaids are associated with enchantresses in Greek mythology. A popular tale is that of Thessaloniki, Alexander the Great’s sister.
Alexander found the Fountain of Youth and immortalised his sister with its water. After Alexander died aged 32, Thessaloniki drowned herself, but since she is immortal, she became a mermaid. In the Aegean Sea, she asks ships if Alexander is alive.
If the crew does not reassure her that Alexander is alive and ruling, she arranges a storm to drown the ship and crew.
4. Americas Bigfoot
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is commonly regarded as a mythological figure, and many believe it represents the missing link between humans and apes. Bigfoot is rumoured to be a large, hairy humanoid creature that stands between six and nine feet in height.
Folklore claims Bigfoot has appeared in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia forests.
5. Ireland’s Leprechauns
Leprechauns are a significant part of the history and culture of Ireland, which is why they are such an integral element of the celebration of St Patrick’s Day. They are found in literature, movies, and casino games like Finn and the Swirly Spin Slot.
They are typically mischievous creatures like gold and several other forms of jewellery. People in recent times have paired leprechauns with rainbows in their stories. According to myths, leprechauns are said to place their gold pots at the end of rainbows.
You’ll find a local take on these mythical creatures wherever you go. They range in size, some being relatively little while others appear almost human.
Not all of them are monsters, as it turns out. Instead, some are supernatural creatures that devotees pray to for guidance and often reveal a great deal about their cultures of origin.