A - Z of Mythological Creatures ('Just B' Concluded)
The here lies the concluding part of A - Z of Mythological Creatures ('Just B')
Much of what is known about the Behemoth stems primarily from the Old Testament scriptures of Job.
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins1, and his force is in the navel of his belly2.
He moveth his tail like a cedar3: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together4.
His bones are as strong pieces of brass5; his bones are like bars of iron6.
He is the chief of the ways of God7: He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him8.
Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Behold, he drinketh up a river9, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth10.
He taketh it with his eyes11: his nose pierceth through snares12.
The above verses are from the Book of Job 40: 15-24 (King James Version).
Now, notice the superscript numbering that I gave some of the texts in the verses? Those are the important points that I’m going to focus on, to aid in conjuring up a mental picture of what the Behemoth looks like, as well as its capabilities. But first, I am careful to note that these passages of scripture have been disputed over for ages on whether it should be taken literal. Many schools of thought have emerged as a result of this dispute: some believe that the Behemoth probably refers to some kind of cattle or elephant or hippopotamus. While others believe that it refers to some extinct animal. I am of the latter opinion, as it seems more likely when taking into consideration the qualities of the Behemoth as described by God Himself to Job.
Superscript 1: His strength is in his loins. This refers to flexibility and agility – the ability to spring up and down like a damn athlete, notwithstanding his bulk and frame.
Superscript 2: His force is in the navel of his belly. What can I say? He’s got a pretty damn strong stomach.
Superscript 3: He moveth his tail like a cedar. This completely rules out the cattle/elephant/hippopotamus theory. The Behemoth has got a mighty and strong ol’ tail. Like a cedar it says.
Superscript 4: The sinews of his stones are wrapped together. This refers to its thighs, sinewy and strong. Also speaks of its agility and physical prowess.
Superscript 5: His bones are as strong as brass. Well, that says it all. Superscript 6: His bones are like bars of Iron. The guy is tough like Iron Man.
Superscript 7: He is the chief of the ways of God. Boom, there it is in black and white. The Behemoth is the first creature made by God. That’s what it means. The first before Adam, before Earth as we know it. He is the first!
Superscript 8: He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. This means that only God can kill him with His own special sword. This God probably did, being that it no longer exists.
In my novel, the Devil (through his Right-Hand) summons the Behemoth (alongside Leviathan, Ziz, Fenris, and other giants of the Titanomachy) from the dark trenches of the underworld to wage a war against Angels. After a long rigorous battle in the place in-between the Earth and Heaven called The Place In-Between, a sword flying from heaven finally pierces through the Behemoth and slays him.
Superscript 9: He drinketh up a river. The Behemoth could drink up a whole river. No kidding!
Superscript 10: He trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. It believes without any doubt that it can drink up the entire river Jordan!
Superscript 11: He taketh it with his eyes. This is paraphrased as ‘will any take him in his sight?’ according to the original Hebrew. In order words, you can’t win him in an open battle; you can’t even face him.
Superscript 12: His nose pierceth through snares. This means that the Behemoth cannot be trapped in by snares or whatever. It’ll tear through its trap like razor.
So people, this gives us a pretty good picture of what the Behemoth looks like. A giant, muscular creature with a large tail, strong metal bones, very agile and very powerful, with a really wide mouth.
You’ve got a really wide mouth, Grandma...
The more to swallow you with, Little Red Riding Hood...
I think of madmen! Raging, warrior lunatics! The very phrase ‘going berserk’ has its origin from these men. They’re warriors of the Norse god, Odin. They are extremely mad, and are actually mortals. They wear wolf and bear skins, and are known to cause rampage wherever they go. This unruly gang fuelled with superhuman strength goes about murdering and raping at will, though normally they would attach themselves as guards to royal and noble courts.
It is indeed very clear that their savage nature and animal skin attire contributed greatly to the formation of the Werewolf legend in Europe.
I know one Berserker though – the guy with the Demon-Legion from the Bible. He was always screaming, breaking chains, cutting himself, and running around tombs and stuff. No kidding!
Also known as Sasquatch.
We all know this one, for sure. A giant, hairy, human-like creature believed to reside somewhere in the North-western United States and Western Canada. Much like the Abominable Snowman or Yeti.
Anyway, apart from footprints, and some fur there has not been any real evidence to support the existence of Bigfoot. The British explorer David Thompson (1770 – 1857) is sometimes credited with the first discovery (in 1811) of a set of footprints believed to be that of Bigfoot. There have been hundreds of alleged prints discovered since then; as well as visual sightings, photos and videos. But naturally, the scientific community, and especially the United States government refutes any of these documents as authentic. You know, just like with Area 51. The United States government specialises in that kind of stuff – cover up.
Bigfoot is described as a primate who could be anywhere between 6 to 15 feet (i.e. 2 to 4.5 m) tall; he stands on two feet, smells terrible, and can either be silent or cry like mad. His Footprints have measured up to 24 inches (60 cm) in length and 8 inches (20 cm) in width. A Soviet scientist, Boris Porshnev, suggested that Sasquatch and his Siberian counterpart, the Almas, could be a remnant of Neanderthal man, but like I said, most scientists do not recognize the creature's existence. Or at least, they pretend not to. As for me, I say Bigfoot, Abominable Snowman, Yeti, Almas are one of the Nephilim (wait for ‘N’), but that’s just my opinion.
Also known as Cailleach Bheur
The Blue Hag is a...well, a hag. The color blue doesn't really have anything to do with it, except to depict coldness. She is an ancient witch woman from Scotland. She carries a staff with her – a staff that freezes anything it touches. And whenever she walks, she brings the winter along with her, causing flowers never to grow in that place ever again.
Here’s how you ought to figure it - If it isn’t wintertime, and it’s snowing like mad, and if by any chance you happened to spot a cranky old woman, stooping down and walking, with a staff and all, then chances are that the winter experience isn’t natural, and that the woman you just spotted is Cailleach Bheur, the Blue hag.
Blue Men of the Minch
These are a kind of mermen (half-man, half-fish), who differ from ordinary mermen in that their bodies are completely blue. The Minch is the Atlantic sea channel between the Outer Hebrides island group on the west and the mainland of Scotland on the east, it varies in width between 40 and 70 km (25 and 45 miles); and that’s where you find the Blue Men; and Africa too.
You know, at first I didn’t wanna talk about these Blue Men. I’ve just never been into mermen. There’s nothing cool about a half-dude, half-fish. Nothing! But the Blue Men of the Minch are different. They’re not your usual friendly neighbourhood mermen. They have the ability to cause storms at sea. But as powerful as these creatures are, they have a weakness, as all magical creatures usually do. And it’s silly really, pathetic even! Their weakness is with riddles and rhymes. Riddles and rhymes for heaven’s sake! You wanna know how to defeat blue men? This is it. Spit a riddle or a rhyme at them and their brains will go mush. No kidding!
Also known as Cucui, Cocos, Boggles, and Boggarts.
They are basically goblins (short, dark, mischievous creatures) who enjoy scaring children. They have red eyes that glow in the dark, especially when they’re up to some mischief. Bogies are very witty, mischievous and even dangerous.
Hey, your kid ever tell you he/she saw a bogie? Like the Boogieman? Well, bogies are obsessed with terrifying little children. Why children? Well, ‘cause they’re the only ones who can see them. You know, by reason of their highly imaginative minds, and their high tendency to believe in fairies, Santa Claus and all what not. So if you’re an adult, congrats, ‘cause the bogies ain’t got nothin’ on you!
Phew! A sigh of relief. This is the last creature that I’ll be treating here on the ‘B’ category of Mythological Creatures, and I’m really racing now. Take a guy like me, who likes to yap all day long about stuff even slightly related to Myth, and half the time when I get to the concluding parts, I’m gonna race like a madman Nascar driver. No kidding.
The Brownie is from the English and Scottish folklore. A brownie is a fairy or hobgoblin (uglier type of goblin) who like their name suggests likes to always dress in brown. Brownies are always ragged and dishevelled, and they prefer to live in forests than in regular houses. Yet Brownies have never really been known to do evil. But they’re rather nice as hell. And will do your house chores when no one is around. You’ll have the house all locked up and everything, and go out – by the time you’re back your house is all tidied up, your laundry done, the dishes washed, lunch prepared, everywhere looking all spic and span by the time you’re back. So Brownies like to do these good deeds in secret, maybe ‘cause they know they’re ugly as hell and just don’t wanna frighten anybody really.
So I bet you wouldn’t mind having a brownie drop by your crib every once in a while. In addition to doing the laundry and the dishes and vacuuming, they could have the Jacuzzi heated up, pay the bills, watch the baby, watch the husband or wife – make sure no one’s cheating, etcetera, etcetera...Lol.