By Jack Goldstein
Were you aware Hippogriff is supposedly the offspring of a horse and a griffin? Or Greek Sphinx mostly has a male face, while an Egyptian one has a feminine visage? the place does the Skunk Ape roam, and the way are you able to spot a Kitsune in human shape? Is Slenderman the main scary legendary creature, or is that honour bestowed at the fearsome Gashadokuro? This impressive booklet includes information of over 100 legendary beasts and mythical creatures, organised into different types for simple reference. no matter if you have an interest within the beasts of at any place from historical Greece to modern day Africa, this is often the ebook for you!
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Siren: The Sirens lived on islands in the Mediterranean and appeared to be beautiful women who would sing enchanting songs to lure unwary sailors towards them. However, approaching vessels would crash into the rocks around them. Some ancient sources depict the Sirens as having some features of birds, for instance having scaly feet or being covered in feathers. Legend tells of Odysseus and his curiosity as to what the Sirens sounded like; he therefore ordered his men to tie him to his mast, plug their own ears with beeswax, sail past their island and not release him no matter how much he begged.
It was said that only the smell of a weasel could kill the snake, which surprisingly was supposed to be only around a foot long. In later legends however, the basilisk appears to have grown in size; by medieval times they were said to be able to be killed by gazing at itself in a mirror, or by hearing the crowing of a rooster - leading to some travellers of the age actually carrying roosters around with them! The beast is even referenced in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, although he calls it a Basilicok.
As they have no skin of their own, they will often steal it from their victim, wearing it for as long as it will hold out. You may only be aware that you have been visited by the Boo Hag if you wake up and feel short of breath - or of course if you wake up and you are missing your skin! 68. Soucouyant: people of Dominica, Guadeloupe and Trinidad tell of an old woman who lives at the edge of a village but who sheds her skin at night, turning into a fireball to seek victims. Entering their homes through keyholes or cracks in the walls, she sucks people’s blood from them whilst they sleep.