The world of blood-sucking vampires, fire breathing dragons, shape-shifting werewolves, and many other surreal creatures are believed to exist only in the pages of storybooks or in native folklore. But they are the ones who enable us to think beyond the limitations of our real world. They introduce us to the realm of fantasy and fiction where we let our imagination fly along with these mythical creatures. While doing so, they also teach us about the cultures around the world they originated from.
We grew up hearing stories about half-dead-half-alive beasts or part-lion-part-eagle creatures that sounded real and scary at that time. But their stories stayed with us, making us come back for more. Whether it is a bedtime story or a conspiracy documentary on Netflix, mythical creatures add colour to our mundane lives by enabling us to ponder and imagine the unreal. In this listicle, Soulveda takes a flight into the world of mythical creatures to explore their origins and the legends that weave them into the fabric of our lives.
A legend mostly famous in the European countries, a werewolf is believed to be a human who turns into a ferocious wolf on a full-moon night. Werewolves are tall, hairy, biped wolves, with razor sharp teeth and claws. One swing, and they can destroy, well, almost anything.
The cursed humans
In the medieval era, a werewolf was seen as a real monster, that led to countless executions of innocent men and women, who were wrongly accused of being shape shifters. Today, werewolves are seen as any other fictional character that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Be it Dr Hank in X-Men, Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the pack from The Twilight saga—werewolves have come a long way from folklores to modern culture.
Loch Ness Monster
Said to be lurking in the waters of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, the eponymous monster has made several headlines since its first alleged sighting in 1933. But it was St Columbia who first wrote about it in his biography in 565 CE—a monster that looked like the mythical water creature from the Scottish folklore.
The search continues
Over several decades, there has been thousands of eye-witness accounts and a few pictures of the monster that has left experts confused and dazed. Known by her local name Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster is believed to be a creature from the Mesozoic era that resembles plesiosaur—a marine reptile that went extinct some 65.5 million years ago.
Experts and hunters have made several attempts to capture the monster, in vain. No one has found any legitimate evidence of its existence. Nevertheless, the Loch Ness Monster is still one of the most popular mythical creatures in the world that adds millions of pounds annually to Scotland’s economy through tourism.