Gripping Stories of Mythical Creatures: Fairy Tales or Nightmares?

Mythical creatures
Mythical creatures is a very fascinating topic. A myriad of such creatures are envisaged in various folklores. These are different from the creatures that exist on the earth in form and qualities. Mythical creatures are also called legendary or folkloric creatures.
Mythical creatures may be Chimeras or Cryptids. Chimeras means that they are a blend of two or more animals. As for instance, Centaur is a blend of a man and a horse. Cryptids are creatures like Bigfoot, Mothman, Chupacabras that are supposed to exist. Mythical creatures often feature in fantasy and fiction. Many aspects of popular culture in fantasy role-playing games include such creatures. These have been a part of architectural decoration and heraldry. It is thought that these have supernatural powers or knowledge. They are supposed to protect something of immense importance. Here's a list of some popular mythical creatures.
Aziza
These are a beneficent fairy race from Africa. They live in the forest and provide good magic for hunters. They give spiritual and practical knowledge to people. It is believed by many that these angels were the first to have taught about fire and its uses.
The Aziza is the popular belief of the Dahomey which is an ancient mythology. Their origin is in Africa, to be precise, the Republic of Benin. The Aziza are projected as rather tiny human figures who can accommodate themselves in tiny ant hills, and are easily appeased by offerings of molasses and honey. However, some also believe them to be evil spirits who devour on children flesh.
Baba Yaga
In Slavic folklore, the term means a wild old woman or a witch. She is a mistress of magic and a forest spirit. She is depicted as a blood-thirsty old woman who satiates her hunger with a meal of human flesh. It is also said that she had the strange power to control the lives of people. Hence, she demanded respect and reverence, failing which could lead someone to peril.
Cyclops
Cyclops
This is also called Kyklops. It is a primordial race of giants. They have a single round eye in the midst of the forehead. The term means 'wheel-eyed' or 'round'. In Greek mythology this creature is the representative of evil and monster. They were also cannibals, thus humans had every reason to be afraid of these blood-thirsty, giants. It is a popular belief that, these giants are one-eyed because of their intense desire to foresee the future.
Dahu
This is known in France and Switzerland. It is a mountain goat like animal with legs of different sizes. The appearance is like that of a deer.
Encantado
In Brazilian Portuguese, this word means an "enchanted one". These creatures come from a paradisaical underwater realm known as the Encante. According to folklore, they have the unique ability to turn into humans. They are also known for their acute love for music, socializing, going for get-togethers, libido. This has landed them several times into fathering illegitimate children.
Fachen
In Scottish and Scots-Irish folklore, this creature has only half a body. It has a mane of black feathers tufted at the top, a very wide mouth is so horrible that it may lead to heart attack. It has just one eye, and only one leg.
Gwyllion
This is also called Gwyllon. This is a Welsh word having different meanings like ghosts, spirits, human or supernatural night-wanderers up to no good or outlaws of the wild. They terrorize mankind by following them in tours, mountaineering, and other such excavations. They make the traveler lose his path. It is said that in primitive times, people used to invite them for a treat of good food in their residence, with the motto to make them happy and content.
Haetae
Haetae
This exists in Korean mythology. It is similar to a lion, but is a fire-eating dog. It has the body of a lion and sometimes a unicorn-like horn which is in the center of its head. It is claimed that it guards against disaster. It is associated with goodness and well-being. Beliefs are that it protects and guards against the bad and the evil. It averts calamities and disasters, and has a unique ability to differentiate good from the bad.
Ipotane
These are a race of half-horse and half-humans. Although, it looks overall human, the legs, tail, ears and hindquarters are like a horse.
Jackalope
Jackalope
This is also called an antelabbit, stagbunny, aunt benny or Wyoming thistled hare. It is thought to be a rabbit with antlers. It is said to be a hybrid between a jackrabbit and an antelope, goat or deer. The creature has its roots in the American folklore and mythology. They have the feature of putting up a strong fight against their perspective dangers, and also have the unique ability to mimic human voices, when it calls for.
Lake monster
Lake monster
This is also called Loch monster. They are large unknown animals that have freshwaters as their habitat. They are similar to sea monsters. It is believed that spotting the back of this creature in the waters signals the coming of a disaster.
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Myling
These are a part of Scandinavian folklore. They are phantasmal incarnations of the souls of unbaptized or murdered children. They chase lone wanderers at night and jump on their backs. Since they are left on their own in the woods or drowned in the water, they would turn into Myling and then haunt their families who had long abandoned them.
Naga
Naga
This is a Sanskrit or Pali word found in Hinduism and Buddhism. This is a deity in the form of a very large snake. The female naga is called a nagi. They are believed to be extraordinarily beautiful. They live underground and are entrusted with the task of guarding treasures. They bite only the evil who cause harm to others. People of Buddhism faith believe these nagas to be guardians, and are often worshiped as demigods or partial deities.
Ovinnik
This is a malevolent spirit of the threshing house in Slavic folklore. He has a tendency to burn down threshing houses by setting the grain ablaze. On New Year's Eve, his warm touch indicates good luck and fortune, while a cold touch means unhappiness.
Panther
This is a big cat with a multicolored hide. As per the ancient Greeks, it is a favored mount of the god Dionysus. Pantera, pantere and love cervere are the substitute names for this creature.
Questing beast
This is also called the Beast Glatisant or Barking Beast. It is a monster from the Arthurian legend. It has the head and neck of a serpent, the body of a leopard, the haunches of a lion, and the feet of a hart.
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