Terrifying Mythological Creatures
Every culture has some pretty unique, even frightening creatures that are written in their beliefs. the Greeks have their own monsters, the Egyptians had theirs, the celtics had some too. Face it monsters and demons have been around for ages. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated in different cultures and their beliefs, particularly their myths, especially the creatures. I mean who would have ever thought about a flying horse like Pegasus? Then again that was one of the good ones. One of the warm and fuzzy ones. Like butterflies and rainbows. Nothing that would terrify you. The ones I'm about to write are creatures and beings that ancient cultures were frightened of. Maybe you will understand why.
Jackal People, who were also known Were Jackals were usually witch doctors who would choose this form to travel during the night. It helped them to travel in a secret way, to not be seen. It was believed that in order to become a were jackal one would wear a strip of a jackal's hide across the forehead or about the waist. As are all were like creatures, these beings were dangerous and known to be killers.
Jinns are evil demons that possess supernatural powers. They were created out of fire and smoke. The Jinns have a leader called Iblis, who was once called Azazel. The Islamic counterpart of the devil. These demons were at one time considered to be God like beings among the people but somewhere along the line that changed.
Jinns are great ship shifters that are able to change into any form to work their evil on the humans. They are to be feared durn to the fact that they torment humans, however there are times tit ism is said that Jinns can influence humans to do good. That they may also perform good deeds for those who have summon them. It is believed that a human dying as a unrepentant sin der may become a Jinn for a short period of time.
This is an interesting story, one of Greek origin. I suppose the Greeks barely ever disappoint. There was a beautiful woman called Lamia who had several children with Zeus. It was because of this that Hera kidnapped all of her children, bringing them to Olympia, out of the reach of their mother. Lamia grew so distraught and upset over this, so much so that she began to entice children and keep them as her own, each of them taking the place of the children that were taken away from her. But it was because of such acts that Lamia turned into a beast with the head a breast of a woman and the body of a serpent.
Lamia reproduced other beautiful woman that looked like the creature she became and they became known as the Lamiae. They all had the power to suck the essence out of the men who fell under their spell. They became known as a succubus like monster that stole the life force from their victims.
These beings theme from the Estonian lore. They are shape shifting water demons that lure men to them with their seductive singing voices, they'd always be by the river or the sea. It is said that the spirits of the drowned may also become the Nakh. If someone even sees a Nakh it means that the witness or someone close to them will die in the river, lake or ocean.
Al comes from the Armenian lore. She was a half human half animal creature that liked to attack pregnant women. With one fiery eye, iron teeth, brass fingernails, tusks of wild boar and hair like snakes she was hard to look at. Al possessed a pointed hat with bells that rendered her invisible. She was said to live in damp dirty places like homes and stables and wet and sandy places along the roads.
She strangles pregnant woman and their unborn children, pulling out their livers, believed to cause miscarriages.
God gave Adam Al but they were not compatible because Adam was made from dust and Al fire. Then God created Eve as a replacement, Al was enraged and became dedicated to attacking women. It's said the best remedy to ward of Al is iron.
These are but a few of the creatures I have run across upon my research, all from several different cultures. Some were rather terrifying to read about, yet I imagine would be great to put in a good fictional book. It's amazing some of the creatures I have run across, there are so many. Some are close to others, like the Nakh are like Sirens. Which I find to be interesting. Either way it makes for a good read.
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