Mythical Creatures That Have Been Said to Have Lived in the Past
Proof has been found over the centuries that some forms or another of mythical creatures existed. Exactly what they were we will never know, but they existed and here are some examples of those, some are well known and some are not; but all are mythical and very interesting reading for those that like the unusual and unexplained.
The three-headed chimera is said to be a lover of volcanic regions. It breathes flame like a dragon from its goat head, attacks with venom from its snake head, and its lion head has a vicious bite. Next to the dragon, chimera is also said to be the second most popular beast to guard portals. Beyond mythology, the term “chimera” is now used as a scientific research that explains an animal that has more than one set of genetic coding like that of the creature chimera that has a three different animals in one body. The chimera may also been identified with the constellation, Capricorn which is the serpent-tailed goat.
The Hydra is an ancient serpent-like water beast with a reptilian traits that has many heads and for each head that is cut off, it will grew two more. It is also said that Hydra’s parents were the serpent-woman, Echidna and the hundred headed Typhon which really does make sense by its characteristics. The Hydra is also a guardian who guards the entrance to the underworld.
One of the best known creatures in Greek mythology, Pegasus is a divine winged stallion that is commonly depicted to have a white color. It is believed that this creature is the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa. After Medusa was beheaded by Perseus, Pegasus then sprang from her blood. Often referred as a wanderer, this winged horse carries Zeus’ lightning bolts.
This creature is a monster that has appeared in many famous myths like “The Odyssey” and “Jason and the Argonauts”. Despite her vicious form which is a swirling whirlpool of death, she was originally a naiad, a water nymph and the goddess of the tide. She is believed to be the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia.
The Graeae were three sisters grey from birth, and shared among themselves a single detachable eye and even tooth. Three of their names suggest a rather dire monsters namely, Deino, “the terrible”, Enyo, “the warlike”, and Persis, “the destroyer”. The Graeae are believed to be monsters with the head and arms of old women and the bodies of swans. It is also believed that they were daughters of Phorcys and Ceto.
Known as the mother of most Greek monsters, this creature is a half woman, half snake creature. It is believed that she is the daughter of Tartarus and Gaia. She is sometimes equated with Python, a dragon born of fetid slime that is left behind by the great Deluge. In many cases, she is described as the consort of Typhoeus, a monstrous storm-daemon who challenged the great Zeus who ruled the heaven.
Lamia is said to be a beautiful queen in Libya who became a child- eating daemon. And in one story, she was loved by Zeus and with that, Zeus’ jealous wife killed every Lamia’s children except for Scylla, who is herself cursed. That event drove Lamia to become a monster that hunts and devours children of others.