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Growing up, we all have been fascinated by mythical creatures, god-like beings, and legendary beasts. In books and movies, these supernatural beings have entertained us and taken us into their fantastical world. At some point, most of us have probably outgrown believing that these creatures were true. And yet, even today when most things have gone high-tech, these creatures continue to terrify, thrill, entertain, and inspire the younger generation. While their origins are varied and their existence often debunked, they have played integral roles in the shaping of human society.
These supernatural beings have stimulated our imaginations and will continue to do as long as people continue to be fascinated.
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This legendary creature from Greek mythology is often described as having an upper body of a human and a lower body of a horse. There are different tales as to how centaurs were created. For instance, it was believed that they were made by Ixion, King of the Lapiths, an ancient tribe of horsemen and horse tamers. Others believed that they were created by the spilled seed of Zeus when he lusted over Aphrodite.
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According to Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous, fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor. Its body is composed of different parts of various animals. But the most popular image is it looks like a lion with the head of a goat protruding from its back and a snake head at the end of its tail. According to an article by Owlcation, a site created by educators and experts on topics related to education, this mythical creature ransacks villages and kills people.
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The Minotaur is often described as a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in a labyrinth below the court of King Minos in Crete. It is believed that Poseidon made Minos' wife, Pasiphae, fall in love with a bull for revenge. The Minotaur was their offspring. However, King Minos decided to create a labyrinth to imprison the creature because it would only eat humans. He would send human sacrifices as food for the creature.
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Many say a basilisk can kill anyone with its deadly stare. It is half-bird and half-snake because it was born from a serpent's egg incubated by a cockerel. According to an article by All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, it is believed that this mythological creature once lived in abundance in Cyrene, an ancient nation in the land today known as Libya. Its venomous glance is so toxic that it can kill a man from a meter's distance.
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In Jewish mythology, the Leviathan is a primordial sea serpent and is considered the most powerful of all mythological sea creatures. It is so powerful that God was forced to kill the first female Leviathan to stop the pair from multiplying and taking over the world. One thing that makes this creature stand out is that it can’t be harmed or killed by any sword or arrow. Also, its breath can boil the waters of the ocean like a cauldron. It is also believed that the Leviathan is one of the Four Crown Princes of Hell along with Belial, Lucifer, and Satan.
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Japanese folklore has some of the most disturbing and creative mythological creatures in the world. One of them is Penggalan, an undead creature that is said to have been cursed by black magic or a demonic curse. It is believed that this creature takes the form of a beautiful woman during the day but turns into something much more sinister at night. Her head would detach from her body and would float around looking for victims.
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If you have watched or read the Harry Potter series, you would easily recognize this creature. The griffin has a head and wings of an eagle and the body, tail, and hind legs of a lion. It is perceived as a powerful and majestic creature that protects people from slander, witchcraft, and evil. It is believed that griffins are most common in the art and mythology of ancient Greece. However, there’s evidence that shows representations of griffins in ancient Persia and ancient Egypt dating back to as early as the 4th millennium BC.