As a little kid, we liked to dream of Unicorns, dragons, griffiths, and every magical creature that was spoken of in whispers and fairytales. However, what if some of the stories were true? What if they really did exist?
Now, I’m not going to touch on the stereotypical mythological creatures nearly everyone knows (The Minotaur, Lochness Monster, Bigfoot) rather, I will touch on creatures not well-known, yet just as impactful in multiple religions and areas.
Origin- Dahomey, South Africa
Location- “The Wonder Hole” Cave
Legend- The Grootslang was one of the first creatures created in the beginning of time. The Gods who created the creature realized the grave mistake they made (as the creature was cunning, intelligent, and quick). Thus, to protect the world, they split the Grootslang into two well-known animals today, the elephant and snake. However, The original Grootslang is said to still linger in a cave, where it protects diamonds from any hiker that attempts to uncover them.
Characteristics- The Grootslang is said to have the head of an elephant and the body of a snake with ram-like horns. It is as long as one would say a dragon is, and is green skinned.
Origin- Dover, Massachusetts
Location- Farm Street, Springdale Avenue, Miller Hill Road
Legend- 3 witnesses purportedly laid eyes on the mysterious creature known as the Dover Demon, in a span of 24 hours. Two of the witnesses were 15 and 17 years old, while a man of 25 also witnessed the creature on April 21, 1977. At all sightings, the creature seemed dormant, sitting or standing atop or in the shelter of wooded areas.
Characteristics- 3-foot tall, large eyes, “tendril-like” fingers, and glowing eyes with slick pale skin stretched over a thin skeleton, no hair seen.
Theories- Some believe what may have been witnessed was a foal or moose calf
Location- Visayas Islands
Legend- This creature is said to leave it’s lair during Holy Week, to suck blood at night and take the Hearts of Children to keep for amulets. Some believe families known as the Sigbinen control these creatures, supposedly keeping them in jars of clay, and commanding them to do their will.
Characteristics- The Sigbin walks backwards with its head between it’s hind legs, and has the appearance of a hornless goat. It has large ears, which it can clap together and a tail with the use of a whip. When desired, this creature can become invisible to any animal or being it wishes to disguise itself from. It’s faeces are said to be gold, and it comes with a putrid odor on its body.
Theories- The creature is said to perhaps be a relative of a cat-fox species.
Legend- The Kaijin is said to be a seaman that comes from the sea to spend several days ashore, before once more returning to the sea. He is said to be a god of the wind, who comes to take sacrifices from the local villages to calm the winds.
Characteristics- Has the appearance of a man, and some additional flaps of skin between the limbs, as well as hair on the chin and eyebrows. It is said to wear a Hakama (a traditional japanese trouser), and another flap of skin around the waist. When in the sky, it was surrounded by a purple cloud.
Location- South-Eastern Australia
Legend- This creature is said to lurk in any waterbed around or within Australia. It appears to be mostly harmless, with no attacks recorded, although the meaning of its name roughly translates to “devil and carnivore.”
Characteristics- It has the appearance of an enormous starfish. Others say it is shrouded in seaweeds and plants one cannot see it’s characteristics. However some say it has a dog-like face, a crocodile head, dark fur, horse-like tail, and walrus-like tusks or horns. It’s appearance is widely debated.
Theories- Some believes it may be a special breed of seal, while others think stories from yaers before had been twisted and manipulated as one would play the “Telephone” game and the original message is lost.
I hope you guys enjoyed this list of creatures! There is so many out there, especially within multiple religions and cultures. Could they really be true? Could there be creatures out there we just haven’t faced yet? After all, yearly we discover hundreds of new species that we had never recorded before. Perhaps it is a possibility….
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