Top Mythical Creatures: Do They Really Exist?

If you are a fan of fantasy movies then you must have heard about these mythical creatures. Some of the mythical creatures are also believe to have exist in most of the ancient mythologies. However, are they real? Listed down below are the top mythical creatures that you must know!

  1. Mermaid
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Since back then, it has been reported that sailors that were sailing across the world’s oceans have come across with the mermaids, beautiful fish-maidens with long flowing hair and possess powers of seduction. Mermaid is believe to take form of a beautiful young woman and the lower body of a fish. Mermaids are also believe to seduce sailors that came passing the ocean with their beautiful songs which enchanted the sailors, causing their ships to crash onto rocky shores.

 

2. Centaur

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Centaur is a ancient creature that took form with half man and half horse. Centaur is often stuck between two worlds; that of the wild beast and that of the civilized human being. Not only were centaurs part animal, they are also described as rowdy warrior types prone to heavy drinking and other primal excesses, which often brought them into conflict with their more cultured cousin, man.

 

3. Hydra

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Hydra is the multi-headed serpent beast with poisonous blood and breath so bad it could kill a man. Hydra is the most well-known for having been slain by the hero Hercules. He was known as the “Hydra of Lerna” because he lived in the marshlands of the Lernaean region of Greece. As the legend goes, it was impossible to win a battle with Hydra because cutting off one of its heads meant that two more would grow back in its place. Then the hero Hercules came along and figured out a strategy for winning a fight with Hydra. After chopping off one of the beasts’ heads, he quickly burned the stump so a new one could not regenerate. He proceeded to unburden the monster of its remaining heads, cauterizing each wound as he cut.

 

4. Dragon

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Dragon is describe as large flying reptiles that often breathe fire or deadly poison from their nostrils. On the other hand, some cultures actually revere the dragon for being gentle and wise. In China, dragons are a symbol of courage and heroism and are seen as protectors of the community.

 

5. Phoenix

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No creature symbolizes eternal life more than the phoenix, a mythical bird known as much for its beauty as its immortality.  It is usually depicted as an eagle or other bird of prey, but may also resemble a heron in its delicate majesty.  Another feature of the phoenix is that only one can exist at a time.

 

6. Basilisk

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Basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be a serpent king who can cause death with a single glance. It is also believe that is so venomous, it leaves a wide trail of deadly venom in its wake, and its gaze is likewise lethal. Its weakness is the odor of the weasel, which was thrown into the basilisk’s hole, recognizable because some of the surrounding shrubs and grass had been scorched by its presence.

 

7. Pegasus

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This creature is believe to be the son of Poseidon, God of the sea and the monster Medusa. Pegasus is portrayed as a beautiful winged horse, sometimes white, sometimes white with gold wings and sometimes gold all over. There are a couple of versions of the birth of Pegasus in Greek mythology. In one, he sprang from Medusa’s neck when the hero Perseus beheaded her. In another, Pegasus was born of the droplets of blood that spilled from Medusa upon her death.

 

8. Sphinx

 

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The sphinx, which has the body of a lion and the head of a human often associated with the guardianship and this creature is often place at the entrance of a city. Sphinx is also known as one of the most intellectual creatures among all as it is known of its fondness of riddles. According to the myth, anyone who was unable to solve the riddle of the sphinx was not only forbidden to pass and will be eaten by it.

 

9. Unicorn

 

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Unicorn is believe to be a symbol of purity and goodness. The unicorn is believe to be in a form of a white horse with a long horn extending from its forehead. The horn is also in spiral shape, which makes light dance across the body of the animal as the sun shines down upon it.

 

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Source: Animalplanet.com

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