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Tiyank is a creature which, in Philippine mythology, imitates the form of a child. It usually takes the form of a newborn baby and cries like one in the jungle to attract unwary travelers.    Once it is picked up by the victim, it reverts to its true form and attacks the victim. Aside from slashing victims, the tianak also delights in leading travelers astray, or in kidnapping children.    Theories claim that the tianak is the spirit of a child whose mother died before giving birth.

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The ghoul is one of the most well-known creatures in Arabian folklore and we were introduced to it in the collection of tales, One Thousand and One Nights. The ghoul is described as an undead monster that can also take the form of an immaterial spirit and usually goes into graveyards to eat the flesh of the recently dead. This is probably the main reason why the word ghoul is associated in Arabic countries with anything macabre and they often use the word when referring to a gravedigger or…

The ghoul is one of the most well-known creatures in Arabian folklore and we were introduced to it in the collection of tales, One Thousand and One Nights. The ghoul is described as an undead monster that can also take the form of an immaterial spirit and usually goes into graveyards to eat the flesh of the recently dead. This is probably the main reason why the word ghoul is associated in Arabic countries with anything macabre and they often use the word when referring to a gravedigger or…

Ikuchi- Japanese myth: a giant sea serpent that spills an adhesive oil out from its skin. If a ship comes into contact with one, it would take 3 hours to pass it. It is described as a giant eel that was once a person who drowned and that now wants more to join them.

Ikuchi- Japanese myth: a giant sea serpent that spills an adhesive oil out from its skin. If a ship comes into contact with one, it would take 3 hours to pass it. It is described as a giant eel that was once a person who drowned and that now wants more to join them.

The Bubak is pretty much to Czech tales and folklore what the bogeyman is to Western European and American folklore. It was usually described as a creepy creature resembling a scarecrow, and could cry just like an innocent, unprotected baby to lure its victims to their deaths. Also, some of the most popular tales regarding the Bubak always take place on the night of the full moon when the Bubak supposedly weaves cloth from the souls of those he has killed and, like an evil version of Santa…

The Bubak is pretty much to Czech tales and folklore what the bogeyman is to Western European and American folklore. It was usually described as a creepy creature resembling a scarecrow, and could cry just like an innocent, unprotected baby to lure its victims to their deaths. Also, some of the most popular tales regarding the Bubak always take place on the night of the full moon when the Bubak supposedly weaves cloth from the souls of those he has killed and, like an evil version of Santa…

Aswang: One of the most fearsome mythological creatures from the legends and stories in the Philippines is the aswang. Even when the Spanish colonized the collection of islands in the 16th century, many native peoples still feared encounters with this evil vampire-like being. While there are a few male aswang, they are almost always female. Depictions of this creature can vary throughout the many islands where this tale is frequently told (altering its name as well from aswang to tik-tik to…

Aswang: One of the most fearsome mythological creatures from the legends and stories in the Philippines is the aswang. Even when the Spanish colonized the collection of islands in the 16th century, many native peoples still feared encounters with this evil vampire-like being. While there are a few male aswang, they are almost always female. Depictions of this creature can vary throughout the many islands where this tale is frequently told (altering its name as well from aswang to tik-tik to…

Melusine:  A melusine is a female being with the upper body a woman and the lower body of a fish or serpent, sometimes she has wings. The lower body or "tail" can be doubled with fins or single with no fin.  She is a freshwater mermaid found in springs and streams, and has traits in common with the undine and the banshee.  In folklore, Melusine was the name of a water-fairy who was cursed to become a serpent from the waist down every Saturday.  According to the legend, Raymond, the son of…

Melusine: A melusine is a female being with the upper body a woman and the lower body of a fish or serpent, sometimes she has wings. The lower body or "tail" can be doubled with fins or single with no fin. She is a freshwater mermaid found in springs and streams, and has traits in common with the undine and the banshee. In folklore, Melusine was the name of a water-fairy who was cursed to become a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. According to the legend, Raymond, the son of…

Hippalectryon is a relatively unknown Greek mythology creature because it was not featured in any of the legends or folktales. However, hippalectryon can be found in sculptures and ceramics thus proving that it indeed was part of the Greek mythology. Part roaster part horse, it is one of the strangest creature that you can come across.

Hippalectryon is a relatively unknown Greek mythology creature because it was not featured in any of the legends or folktales. However, hippalectryon can be found in sculptures and ceramics thus proving that it indeed was part of the Greek mythology. Part roaster part horse, it is one of the strangest creature that you can come across.

A Underwater panther, called Mishipeshu orMishibijiw in Ojibwe, is one of the most important of several water beings among many Great Lakes and Northeastern Woodlands Native American tribes, particularly among the Anishinaabe peoples.  Mishipeshu translates into "The Great Lynx." It has the head and paws of a giant cat but is covered in scales and has dagger-like spikes running along its back and tail. Mishipeshu calls Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior his home and is a powerful creature…

A Underwater panther, called Mishipeshu orMishibijiw in Ojibwe, is one of the most important of several water beings among many Great Lakes and Northeastern Woodlands Native American tribes, particularly among the Anishinaabe peoples. Mishipeshu translates into "The Great Lynx." It has the head and paws of a giant cat but is covered in scales and has dagger-like spikes running along its back and tail. Mishipeshu calls Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior his home and is a powerful creature…

Zaratan:  A zaratan is a gigantic sea turtle with a back like rough stones, he floats still on the open ocean for so long that sand brought by the winds begins to collect and spread across his back, then trees and small shrubs begin to grow.  Sailors approaching the zaratan see great rocks, green plants, and a sandy beach, so believing him to be an island, they land and drop anchor, but when they light their fires the monster sinks beneath the waves, dragging down the ship and drowning them…

Zaratan: A zaratan is a gigantic sea turtle with a back like rough stones, he floats still on the open ocean for so long that sand brought by the winds begins to collect and spread across his back, then trees and small shrubs begin to grow. Sailors approaching the zaratan see great rocks, green plants, and a sandy beach, so believing him to be an island, they land and drop anchor, but when they light their fires the monster sinks beneath the waves, dragging down the ship and drowning them…

The Lambton Worm is a legend from North East England in the UK. The story takes place around the River Wear, and is one of the area's most famous pieces of folklore, having been adapted from written and oral traditioninto pantomime and song formats. The story states that the young John Lambton was a rebellious character who missed church one Sunday to go fishing in the River Wear. In many versions of the story, while walking to the river, or setting up his equipment, John receives warnings…

The Lambton Worm is a legend from North East England in the UK. The story takes place around the River Wear, and is one of the area's most famous pieces of folklore, having been adapted from written and oral traditioninto pantomime and song formats. The story states that the young John Lambton was a rebellious character who missed church one Sunday to go fishing in the River Wear. In many versions of the story, while walking to the river, or setting up his equipment, John receives warnings…

Halfling is another name for J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit which can be a fictional race sometimes found in fantasy novels andgames. In many settings, they are similar to humans except about half the size.

Halfling is another name for J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit which can be a fictional race sometimes found in fantasy novels andgames. In many settings, they are similar to humans except about half the size.

kumiho (Korean nine tail fox) said to be foxes who have lived for a thousand years, and give them the power of shape-shifting, usually appearing in the guise of a woman. However, while huli jing and kitsune are often depicted with ambiguous moral compasses, possibly good or bad, the kumiho is almost always treated as a malignant figure who feasts on human flesh. It is unclear at which point in time Koreans began viewing the kumiho as a purely evil creature, since many ancient texts mention…

kumiho (Korean nine tail fox) said to be foxes who have lived for a thousand years, and give them the power of shape-shifting, usually appearing in the guise of a woman. However, while huli jing and kitsune are often depicted with ambiguous moral compasses, possibly good or bad, the kumiho is almost always treated as a malignant figure who feasts on human flesh. It is unclear at which point in time Koreans began viewing the kumiho as a purely evil creature, since many ancient texts mention…

Bray Road Beast: The legends of the Wisconsin Werewolves go back as far as the original history of the werewolf. The area that became Wisconsin was home to the original tribe that can claim that former tribe members were the first to have the ability to transform into wolves.  While this is a relatively little-known legend, the modern werewolf sightings in Wisconsin are a bit better known.   Wisconsin Werewolf Sighting Year: 1936 Location: Jefferson County, Wisconsin  Mark Schackelman was…

Bray Road Beast: The legends of the Wisconsin Werewolves go back as far as the original history of the werewolf. The area that became Wisconsin was home to the original tribe that can claim that former tribe members were the first to have the ability to transform into wolves. While this is a relatively little-known legend, the modern werewolf sightings in Wisconsin are a bit better known. Wisconsin Werewolf Sighting Year: 1936 Location: Jefferson County, Wisconsin Mark Schackelman was…

Orthros (Greek mythology) was a two-headed dog born to Greek mythology's most infamous monster parents Typhon and Echidna.  Mythology tells us extremely little about this potentially fascinating beast whose sole purpose in myth seemed to be getting unceremoniously slain by the hero Hercules.  To be specific, which I can because the story is so short, Orthros was essentially the cattle dog for Geryon, the three-bodied giant who was king of Erytheia, the sunset isle. Orthros worked beside a…

Orthros (Greek mythology) was a two-headed dog born to Greek mythology's most infamous monster parents Typhon and Echidna. Mythology tells us extremely little about this potentially fascinating beast whose sole purpose in myth seemed to be getting unceremoniously slain by the hero Hercules. To be specific, which I can because the story is so short, Orthros was essentially the cattle dog for Geryon, the three-bodied giant who was king of Erytheia, the sunset isle. Orthros worked beside a…

Graeae are the three sisters who shared one eye and one mouth. They were birth by Phorcys and Ceto and were in fact sisters to the Gordons. The names of the three Graeae sisters are Deino, Enyo andPemphredo. Although mot stories portrayed the Graeae sisters as old hags, some poets actually described them as beautiful creatures

Graeae are the three sisters who shared one eye and one mouth. They were birth by Phorcys and Ceto and were in fact sisters to the Gordons. The names of the three Graeae sisters are Deino, Enyo andPemphredo. Although mot stories portrayed the Graeae sisters as old hags, some poets actually described them as beautiful creatures

Scythian Monster: The Scythian Monster was half maiden half serpant. She refused to give Geryon's cattle to Hercules unless he agreed to have intercourse with her. As a result, little Agathyrsus was conceived. As well as Alcaeus, Gelonus, and Scythes (the first King of Scythia).

Scythian Monster: The Scythian Monster was half maiden half serpant. She refused to give Geryon's cattle to Hercules unless he agreed to have intercourse with her. As a result, little Agathyrsus was conceived. As well as Alcaeus, Gelonus, and Scythes (the first King of Scythia).