Top 10 Terrifying Mythological Creatures

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1) Hydra
-A) Description of the hydra
-B) The Fight against the Lerne Hydra
2) Minotaur
-A) The legend of the Minotaur
-B) The origins of the Minotaur
3) Lion of Nemea
4) Chimera
5) Ladon (fantastic creature)
6) Wendigo
-A) The Origins of the Wendigos
-B) The Physical Properties of the Wendigos
7) Qalupalik (mythology)
8) Basil (mythology)
-A) History of Basil (monster)
-B) Description of Basil (mythology)
9) Nian (mythology)
-A) The legend of the Nian
-B) Origin of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
10) Kraken (mythology)
-A) Kraken Myth or Reality?
-B) Description of the Kraken
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Mythological creatures are more than just stories. They give us an insight into the fears our ancestors had about the world of their time.

Monsters vary from culture to culture, and everyone tells their own story in their own way. These creatures are mostly the manifestations of our greatest fears.

Despite the evolution of humans since the creation of these myths, our superstitions have not changed and we are still fond of stories of heroes defeating terrible beasts. We will present you with a list of 10 mythological creatures and their horrible legends. For some you probably know, and others you may never have imagined.

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1) Hydra
A) Description of the hydra
The Hydra was a being with multiple heads, every drop of blood that flowed through his body was filled with an enormous amount of poison. His den gave off a deadly air of such power that a simple breath filled his lungs with acid causing death.

If by some miracle a person made his way through the den, he found himself facing a dragon-like creature with nine heads.

Even if a hero could remove a head from this creature, two others would grow in its place. Only fire prevented it from growing back, leaving its final head completely immortal.

Its heads looked like snakes, according to some of the first Roman writers, the creature was previously a single-headed snake whose body would not have grown back, allowing the evolution towards the Hydra of Lerne that Heracles' history has transmitted to us.

B) The Fight against the Lerne Hydra
The second of Heracles' twelve works was to bring down the hydra of Lerne. His nephew, Lolaos, provided him with help to prevent the hydra's heads from growing back. When only the immortal head of the hydra remained, he used a magic sword offered to him by the goddess Athena to pull it out. However, the head was still screaming and refused to die, Heracles decided to bury it under a gigantic rock, leaving it trapped but still alive for all eternity.

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hydra

2) Minotaur
A) The legend of the Minotaur
The legend of the Minotaur begins with the sacrifice of 14 children from Athens. They are sent to a labyrinth in Crete to roam for many days through the darkness. Every step brings them closer to the Minotaur.

According to the myth, the people of Athens randomly select the individuals who will be sacrificed. The King of Crete had ordered Athenians to be sacrificed to avenge the death of his son by this people, it was these poor boys and girls who paid the high price.

Even with the greatest caution, the Minotaur eventually found the children.

Even if they were cautious, the children were still found by the Minotaur. They got a brief flash of his monstrous face in the dark. But even before they could scream, his powerful arms grabbed them, tore them apart and devoured their raw bodies.

B) The origins of the Minotaur
Greek legend tells us that the Minotaur was the blasphemous offspring of the Queen of Crete and a bull. The authentic name of the Minotaur was Asterion, but he never had a normal life because King Minos of Crete was indignant at what his wife had achieved. The king was worried about the violent rage that inhabited the beast, which is why the Minotaur had been locked into the labyrinth living only on human sacrifice.

This is not just a legend. According to Plutarch, this story, like so many other mythological creature legends, has its origins in real history.

There is also the myth of Theseus who succeeded in overcoming the Minotaur. However, in the true history of the Minotaur, no hero had saved General Taurus' children.

Minotaur

3) Lion of Nemea
The Lion of Nemea was a legendary gigantic lion in Greek mythology considered to be one of the descendants of Echidna and Typhon, although some accounts suggest that he was a child of Zeus as well as Selene and that he fell from the moon. The lion of Nemea had a skin impermeable to mortal weapons, and his claws were significantly more effective than any existing mortal sword.

The first of Heracles' twelve works was to end the life of this terrible lion who terrorized the city of Nemea, being a city within the Peloponnesus region. Once Heracles was facing the lion, he would shoot arrows at him and realize that his skin was impenetrable. In order to end the lion's life, he strangled him with his bare hands, other suggested stories that he would have shot into the lion's mouth to bring him down.

Nemee Lion

4) Chimera
The Chimera is described in Homer's Iliad, around 1590-1610. From an angle, we could take her for a lion. However, closer up one could see a goat's head coming out of his body as a toxic growth. Her tail, sparkling green in the light, was covered with scales with bright yellow eyes and a whistling tongue with venom flowing from her mouth.

The Chimera is actually a crazy fusion of several animals within a single body.

This creature was as terrifying as it was powerful, it could destroy an individual with the snap of a finger.

According to Greek myths, the Chimera was the descendant of a repulsive snake named Typhon and his half-human wife.

However, the original story could have come from the Hittites. They told stories about a creature that looked like a chimera long before the Greeks.

The most famous of the Chimera's stories is that of Bellerophon, who fought against it on the back of the winged Pegasus horse. This story tells that Bellerophon would have achieved the feat of having a spear penetrate the beast's throat, thus the fire within the creature would have melted the spear suffocating him until his death.

Chimera

5) Ladon (fantastic creature)
Ladon is also known as the Hesperian dragon, it was a hundred head dragon that kept the golden apples of the Hesperides.

Heracles' eleventh work, determined by King Eurysthus, was to steal the golden apples of Hesperides.

After extensive research in Egypt, Libya and Asia, Heracles found the garden, decimated Ladon and stole the golden apples.

Ladon Creature Fantastic

6) Wendigo
A) The Origins of the Wendigos
This is the mythological creature known as Wendigo.

The story begins in 1661, a group of Jesuit missionaries went to the Algonquin country but some of them caught a strange disease.

Some Jesuits came to help their brothers who had contracted this disease, but many stories told that things had gone wrong, but the worst was yet to come, here is the story described:

"These men were taken by a disease that made them hungry for human flesh, whether women, children or men, they devoured them voraciously, without ever satisfying their monstrous appetite."

The missionaries who came to help their brothers had become cannibals. It was a horror story for the brothers in Christ, unfortunately the Algonquin tribe being perfectly familiar with this story.

The stories say that the Wendigos were hungry monsters who ate men who roamed the land near the Great Lakes.

B) The Physical Properties of the Wendigos
Their bodies fell to pieces, their skin was almost dead of extreme finesse, their eyes were deeply discombobulated. They looked like dead men wandering around the world.

A Wendigo is driven by an endless appetite, he would attack all men making his appetite ever greater.

It is likely that in reality, men have gone mad over the lack of food and turned to cannibalism. However, this account would have served to comfort the Algonquins in the face of the madness generated by this lack

But the idea of these mythological creatures must have almost comforted the Algonquins. It was a way of giving meaning to the moments when hunger pushed good and decent men to do the unthinkable.

Wendigo

7) Qalupalik (mythology)
On the Arctic side, the children were aware that they should never be too close to the water's edge, because under the ice, the Qalupalik was waiting for them.

Inuit children had been informed that as the Qalupalik approached, a strange and distant hum under the sea was heard as a song. When he caught his victim, he was only visible for a moment before he disappeared. His way of doing this was to jump out of the water, then push his long sharp nails into his victim's flesh by dragging him forward. Only the victim could quickly see his face, resembling that of a woman who had turned green, decaying and swollen.

The victim was trapped in the back pocket of the Qalupalik just before diving back into the sea.

It is likely that the Inuit victim was experiencing last moments of pain in the depths as the ice water entered the throat opened by the screams. This ice would freeze the blood through the mist of the water.

It is possible that this story was told to the Inuit children to keep them away from the icy and dangerous waters.

Qalupalik

8) Basil (mythology)
A) History of Basil (monster)
Everything started in Warsaw in 1587, a five-year-old girl had disappeared. She was playing with a friend and she hadn't come home, her mother and maid searched the entire city. The girls were found in a cellar of an abandoned house that had been in ruins for more than 30 years. Both bodies were stiff and immobile. While the mother was at the top of the house, the maid went down the stairs into the darkness. However, before it could reach the bottom, it suddenly stopped. Later, in the city, they told how she had frozen because she had stared at the eyes of a Basil, that beast that kills with a look.

B) Description of Basil (mythology)
This mythological creature is also known to the Romans in the first place. Basil had a venom so powerful that a simple glance was enough to kill. Even with patience, this monster left a trail of poison everywhere.

It may have been a real animal, or a distorted version of an existing animal. We know that Libya has cobras capable of spitting poison, perhaps this ability has been diverted to the point of being able to kill with a single look.

However, the cobras are not located in Warsaw but the inhabitants insisted on proving that this monster has been noticed. As a result, they sent a prisoner named Johann Faurer to the beast's refuge in a cloak of mirrors, allowing the creature to come out with a rake. A doctor has stated:

"It was really a Basil, it had the head of a rooster, the eyes of a toad, a crest like a crown, a scaly skin "covered with the hue of poisonous animals" and a curved tail."

It is possible that this is a case of mass illusion, since an entire city has seen the monster exactly where they hoped to see it. However, there was indeed something in this cellar and the inhabitants needed an explanation for the murder of these people.

Basil Mythology

9) Nian (mythology)
A) The legend of the Nian
Every year on the eve of the New Year, the Nian came down from his mountain to find food in China.

This creature was unstoppable, no weapon could reach it and even the test of time could not stop it. The only solution for the inhabitants of ancient China was to lock themselves in their homes, hide and pray to stay alive.

The population observed the monster's movements within their hiding places. The Nian had a flat face resembling a lion with two gigantic horns on his head and razor-sharp teeth. This monster was bigger than an elephant or any other beast on the planet.

With any luck, the creature would break through their food reserves and eat all the crops. However, if the creature did not get what it wanted, it would tear the bodies with its sharp teeth by devouring piece by piece. The Nian had a preference for the flesh of children.

If they were lucky, it would allow them to break through their grain reserves and eat every ounce of food they had saved. But if they were unlucky, the Nian would spot one and jump. He scratched them with his horns and tore their bodies with his sharp teeth and devoured them piece by piece. Anyone can be a victim - but above all, the Nian enjoyed the children's flesh.

B) Origin of the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
Throughout the centuries, the Nian has spread terror in rural China until one day an old man drove the monster away. Later, he confessed to being a god in disguise and taught the population how to keep their territory safe:

"The Nian demon cannot be killed, but it is possible to keep it at a distance. This beast is easily frightened and does not like the colour red. He fears powerful noises and enigmatic creatures. From tonight, wear red in the village, on every door and make loud noises with drums, music and fireworks. Cover your children with masks and lanterns to preserve them."

Nowadays, the Chinese population celebrates the spring festival with the same traditions as before. Legends say that this is the only celebration that prevents mythological creatures from looting houses.

Nian Mythology

10) Kraken (mythology)
A) Kraken Myth or Reality?
In the 18th century, the Norwegian bishop Henrik Pontoppidan insisted that the Kraken was not a myth. A Norwegian fisherman had seen it with his own eyes countless times, usually on hot and summer days.

"Our fishermen guarantee that when they cross great distances, the Kraken is located on the bottom of the sea," exclaimed Pontoppidan.

Initially, a bubbling and division of marine life takes place, as if all underwater life was fleeing in panic. Then, a gigantic black form rises from the depths. The sailors who were panicked were moving as far away as possible. Once these sailors at a reasonable distance curiosity would take over and many of them looked back, seeing, as Pontoppidan described it:

"They see the monster rising to the surface. Its back seems to be more than two kilometres in circumference, at first it could be confused with some small islands, then as we observe luminous points and horns, becoming thicker and thicker as the beast rises."

B) Description of the Kraken
The Kraken was the most ferocious marine creature. On the surface, it could be compared to ten warships side by side. Its tentacles could pull a ship and its crew into a water tomb below.

Since the 13th century, a document has been available on this fantastic creature that overwhelms the seas. The Viking hero

There is documentation on this horrible mythological creature that has been haunting the seas since the 13th century. According to some accounts, the Viking hero Örvar-Oddr of Iceland thought it was an island and narrowly escaped being swallowed up.

Nowadays, the Kraken has been an integral part of mythological creatures for centuries and stirs our imagination. These fishermen on the Norwegian coast may have been partly right. Even if no creature such as the Kraken exists, different scientists have noticed a giant squid that could weigh up to 270 kg. It is likely that this creature exists but its history has been falsified. Or maybe this creature has never been seen again, but somewhere along the way it lies within unimaginable depths.

Kraken Mythology

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