Our world is full of mysteries. With pretty limited resources, we have yielded very limited knowledge. Talking from the psychological perspective, think of an iceberg which is 2/3rd submerged in sea. Until we knew the truth, we would consider that 33 percentage of iceberg was its overall size. But what is evident to us isn’t always the complete truth. In this connotation, the world of paranormal is like an iceberg. We see it through the glasses of science and mock things off what otherwise is understood and practiced by sages across various religions. Today, we are going to discuss about a list of mythical creature in the world.
Knowledge and its implementation is very related to the circumference of its own field. You know an art and you can easily perform it. For instance, take the job of a mechanic, or say a painter- both excel in their own field; yet can’t deny the very existence of the other. But the world of paranormal creatures and people who’d gained mastery over it has completely remained a matter of belief. Various practitioners perform secret rituals in order to gather occult power, not showcasing their art in front of public. As a result, it remains controversial, surprising and amazes people when they hear such things.
In the past, I have met with occult practitioners across several religion. What they have in common is- constant discipline and devotion towards their deities. They cross every constraint which would come in their way. Have you heard of Aghori saints wandering bare skin in Himalayas under freezing temperature?
Having said that, this post on paranormal creatures would reflect on few of those otherworldly entities that locals have been discussing about since ages. After you read about them, don’t forget to tell us your favourite.
Werewolf or, Lycanthrope is known to be one of the most mystical animals from history. It is a creature that is half man, have the wolf. If a Werewolf bites a human being or leaves his mark on him the human will also be cursed, he will change into a Wild beast on the night of a full moon; a werewolf will appear when you least expect it too. It appears when you are probably the most vulnerable. Werewolf lives like a normal human being between, behaves like a normal human, eats like a normal human, but on the night of full man turns into a wild Beast and kills anyone he comes in his way.
The only way to kill a werewolf is Silver. Silver bullets, a silver sword or anything made of silver can kill the beast. In one particular location known as Wisconsin the “Bray Road Beast” is a very popular sighting!
This particular creature is seen walking around at night; especially on the nights of a full moon.They have been said to have glowing eyes, strange smells, and three claws on both hands. Their fangs are huge and their fur is of a reddish color.
According to old records, c. 1640, the German city of Greifswald became overrun with werewolves. The population of these beasts grew so large that any human who ventured out after dark was in danger of being accosted by one of them.A group of students decided that they had had enough and devised a plan. They gathered all their silver goblets, plates, buttons, etc., and melted them down for bullets. Armed and ready – they struck out into the night to challenge the werewolves. After it was over, the people of the Greifswald, once again could venture out at night.
In the sixteenth century town of Dole, a proclamation was publicly read in the town square. It was related to granting permission to the people to track down and kill a werewolf that had been terrorizing the village.
While walking through the forest, a group of peasants heard the screams of a small child accompanied by the howling of a wolf. When they arrived they saw a wounded child fighting off a monstrous creature whom they later identified as Gilles Garnier. When a ten year-old boy disappeared in the vicinity of Garnier’s home, he was arrested and confessed to being a werewolf. He was then burned at the stake.
In 1541, Pavia, Italy, a farmer as a wolf, fell upon many men in the open country and tore them to pieces. After much trouble, the maniac was caught, and he then assured his captors that the only difference which existed between himself and a natural wolf was that in a true wolf the hair grew outward, whilst in him it struck inward. In order to put this assertion to the proof, the magistrates, themselves most certainly cruel and bloodthirsty wolves, cut off his arms and legs. The wretch died of the mutilation.
The final werewolf sighting I uncovered was in France in the 17th century. The beast was known as the “Beast of Gevaudan”. A beast wandered around several villages choosing to snack on people more so than animals. It made over two hundred attacks! Finally, the villagers put the beast to sleep. Later on, another animal did the same thing to this day the animal has never been seen again.
There have been many more almost countless sightings of these creatures for hundreds of years. So are werewolves real? You decide.
The water Ghoul
In northern India, people who commit suicide in water bodies, or die by drowning become the water ghouls. There are several terms allocated to these spirits. In some parts of India, they are called Pandubbi while in the north east, they are known as Jokh.
In Assam there is a ghost believed by people named ‘jokh’. These ghost dwell in the rivers, dams, big Banyan trees etc. The interesting thing is that when your home is near to such wild forest and any water sources then you may get to know them better.
During evening hours, when someone reaches to such isolated water sources, these ghouls drag them in water, drown them to death and make them a part of their clan. These Pandubbi’s have a large clan and they try all possible measures to lure the trespassers to the sources in order to kill them. However, due to their limited powers, they can’t peep out of the place they had died and thus, they can’t kill someone until and unless they reach out to the source themselves.
There are several real ghost experiences to justify this fact. In 2012, a shepherd took his thirsty sheep to a pond where three women had committed suicide in the past. As soon as his sheep entered the pond, an unknown entity dragged them in deep waters. The shepherd shouted for help and jumped in water to save his sheep. When the locals arrived, they saw hairs trapping the shepherd, dragging him underwater. Until today, they blame Jokh for the death of Shepherd and numerous other.
Rake is a human like creature That Kills People and Scratches Them. The Rake was Invented During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, human like creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.
Primarily focused in rural New York state and once found in Idaho, self proclaimed witnesses told stories of their encounters with a creature of unknown origin. Emotions ranged from extremely traumatic levels of fright and discomfort, to an almost childlike sense of playfulness and curiosity.
While their published versions are no longer on record, the memories remained powerful. Several of the involved parties began looking for answers that year.
In early 2006, the collaboration had accumulated nearly two dozen documents dating between the 12th century and present day, spanning 4 continents. In almost all cases, the stories were identical. I have been in contact with a member of this group and was able to get some excerpts from their upcoming book.
The Tiyanak (also Tianak) is a vampiric creature in Philippine mythology that imitates the form of a child. It usually takes the form of a newborn baby and cries like one in the jungle to attract unwary travellers. Once it is picked up by the victim, it reverts to its true form and attacks the victim. The tiyanak is also depicted to take malevolent delight in leading travellers astray or in abducting children.
Tiyanak or impakto, another mythical creature in the Philippine Mythology, are babies who died before receiving baptism rites. After death, they go to a place known as Limbo, a chamber of Hell where unbaptized dead people fall into, and transformed into evil spirits. These phantasms return into the mortal realm in the form of goblins to eat living victims. The tiyanak can also be the offspring between a demon and a human.
The tiyanak can also be the offspring of a woman and a demon. It can also be the aborted fetus, which comes to life to take revenge on its mother. Tiyanak are very vengeful creatures. Most Tiyanaks are said to live in forests. If they see a human, they transform into what looks like a normal baby. When the person notices the Tiyanak and comes near to take a look at it, that’s when the Tiyanak changes back to its true form and eats its prey.
Different version of Tiyanak
While there are many versions about how a Tiyanak looks like, it’s ability to cry like a baby is its most powerful camouflage to attract victims. Some popular versions also say that a Tiyanak is a spirit of an unborn child whose mother died before giving birth. This mythical creature are also sometimes related to a Malaysian folkloric creature called Pontianak which is, according to Malay folklore, a woman who died during delivery or childbirth.
Though this legendary creature is deceitful in attacking its prey, one can bewilder the creature and break loose from the enchantment of its cries by turning his clothes inside out. The legend has it that Tiyanaks find this method laughable and would just leave the victim.
Next in this list of mythical creature is Wandjina which is also known to as the Wondjina. They are rain spirits from Australian mythology responsible for plants and vegetation, clouds and water bodies. Many rock paintings and ancient artwork can be found in the Kimberly and other Western Australian region, dating back to 4000 years ago.
There are many stories regarding the presence of Wandjina. According to the a famous folklore, Wondjina created the landscape and its inhabitants, ruled them and managed the whole system for several centuries. When they realised their time span was over, they found a place suitable for their death. Before they submerged themselves in the waterhole, they painted their images on the walls of a nearby cave.
Australian indigenous communities like the “Mowanjum” vest their faith in the Wandjina. Because they are the master of cloud and rain, they can punish mankind upon breaking the laws in the form of floods, lightning and cyclones – they believe.
The Yeti, also known as The Abominable Snowman is a giant apelike creature that lives in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. In Tibetan the word “Yeti” means “magical creature”. People who claim to have seen this scary creature, say that he is 7 to 10 feet tall and smells really bad.
The Yeti is a very large creature, not human but walking upright, and seems to have the face of a gorilla. People have also found footprints and have compared it to some other large creatures like Bigfoot.
The first reliable sighting of the Yeti happened in 1925 when a Greek photographer in the Himalayas, was shown a creature moving in the distance across some lower slopes. The creature was almost a thousand feet away and he could see the figure only in outline. It was exactly like a human being, walking upright and stopping occasionally to uproot or pull at some bushes. The creature disappeared before he could take a photograph but later he found footprints in the snow where the creature had been walking.
Yeti: Reports and Sightings
One of the more curious reports of a close encounter with a Yeti occurred in 1938. Captain d’Auvergue, was traveling the Himalayas by himself when he became snowblind and lost his way. As he gave up hope and thought he was going to die from exposure, he was rescued by a nine foot tall Yeti that nursed him back to health. Afterwards he was able to climb down the mountains and tell his story to the world.
Once, a Sherpa girl who was tending her yaks was surprised by a large ape-like creature with black and brown hair. It started to drag her off, but was startled when she started screaming and let her go.
It then killed and ate two of her yaks. She escaped with her life and the incident was reported to the police, who found footprints.
When Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, were climbing Mount Everest, in 1953, they found giant footprints on the way up. In 1960. Sir Edmund Hillary returned and led an expedition to search for the Yeti, but they didn’t find any trace of it. Disappointed, Hillary dismissed the Yeti as just a legend.
In this world, there are many paranormal things we have not even listened of. This world is full of many devilish creatures that roam in the dark and represent demons. One of them is hell hound.
A hell hound is a supernatural dog, found in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world, similar to the oft-seen dragon. Features that have been attributed to hell hounds include black fur, glowing red, or, sometimes, yellow eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, foul odor, and sometimes even the ability to talk.
Certain European legends state that if someone stares into a hellhound’s eyes three times or more, that person will surely die. In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hell hounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance.
They are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure.
In European legends, seeing a hell hound or hearing it howl may be an omen or even a cause of death. Some supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cŵn Annwn, were actually believed to be benign. However, encountering them was still considered to be a sign of imminent death.
Lidercs are vampire like being who allure people with sexual activities. According to various Hungarian folklores, a Liderc would convert their gender in order to fascinate their prey. Generally a Liderc would possess a woman. It attaches themselves to her and becomes her lover. It would transform itself in the form of a man, sits on the body of its prey and sucks her blood. In south and Middle east Asian countries, Liderc is commonly known to as a Genie or a Djinn.
A djinn carries out various tasks to find treasure. At the first glance, you may find him a helpful creature but, he is very demanding and you would need to assign him works constantly. There is only one way to get rid of the Djinn. Firstly, you can provide him an impossible task such as straightening the curly tail of a dog, or hauling sand with a rope.
Djinn is mostly found in glass bottles, rags and old boxes. Once you open it accidentally, they become your slave and demand you continuous works. You can make a lot of wealth by assigning him lots of tasks but eventually give your soul to the Devil.
Simply speaking, zombies are people who die and revive back to their lives. They have their body without a working brain. Because they are brain dead people, they don’t feel pain and physical breakdown. All they do is, simply take orders or, follow what their clan does in common.
Zombies feed on living people’s blood and flesh. Much like vampire, they can infect their prey and subsequently turn them into a zombie. While this concept seems completely vague, the Hollywood film industry has gone gaga over it. Well, what are your favorite horror movies based on true incidents?
A ghost or, Bhoot is a restless spirit who is denied funeral rights. Hinduism believe that every human takes birth with pre determined life span, declared by the God of creation Brahma. If he dies a violent death, e.g.- suicide or murder, his spirit wanders restlessly until his tenure becomes complete and Yamraj comes to take back his ghoul for reincarnation purposes.
A Bhoot can be both good and bad. Generally they are violent and wander in search of the revenge. In this process they also possess people for power and satisfaction of their hunger. They roam during night hours at isolated places and generally appear in the the form of an apparition likely to what they looked like during the times of their death.
Hindus chant the “Gayatri Mantra” and “Hanuman Chalisa” to keep such evil spirits at bay. Talking about Hanuman Chalisa, it is the prayer of Lord Hanuman, the dearest servant of God Rama. There is also a temple “Mehndipur Balaji in Rajasthan” where Hanuman resides as the prime deity and worshipped in the form of Balaji.
In this demeanour, the concept of Pretas, or the hungry spirit is relative to the mythology of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese illustrations. One who dies with unfinished desires becomes a Preta. They possess people to gain access of such desires and please themselves. There have been many instances when a Preta possessed living entities for satisfying its lure for edibles.
These ancient literature advise the mankind to practice the mantras of patience and satisfaction in order to eject the never-ending attractions. The list of desires is infinite and we can’t avail all of that, even if we take infinite births.
- Wade through these true ghost stories derived from real experiences.
By air, by land and by sea, monsters are never just born, they are conceived with thought and care, not positive generally, though there are several cases when certain creatures, due to terrible horrible hardship, turn into monsters.
So, why do we need monsters in the world of myth? Why do we need monsters in the world at all? Well, maybe because we need to deal somehow with our dark side, with the negative feelings of anger and hatred and envy and the will to the kill and fight. Things that frighten most of the people, cause nobody wants to be classified a low-brow.
Monsters are also good in placing boundaries – do not cross that line, a freakish deadly monster is preying there, and she’ll come and get you if you don’t finish what’s on the plate.
Monsters are also good for heroes to kill and accumulate mythological glory. Take Heracles and Perseus for example.
Monsters are the mythical expression of anger, revenge and revolt of the gods realized in the world. Usually an expression to the feelings of a goddess, since mostly, it was not accepted a lady should get her hands dirty in a fight, even human ladies in the Middle-ages had their own knight in armor and all to win their battle.
Animals are an immanent part of creatures inhabiting mythological world, simply because they surround us and are part of our everyday life. That was true in ancient times and is true today.
Man has always tried to understand himself and explain the world in terms taken of the phenomena he recognized and inspected around him. People first began to do so by creating myths. And what’s easier than observing and studying what lies just before our eyes and is located on the wide spectrum – beginning with being subject to our most affectionate feelings to satisfying our basic needs such as working force and food – animals.
Humans used to heavily depend on animals for prosperity and survival (the word “capital” derives from “capitalis“ meaning “head”, which was the ancient way of measuring wealth – the more cattle heads one had, the wealthier one was);
That is why peoples all over the world worshiped gods in the shapes of animals (the ancient Egyptians for instance, goddess Hathor was a cow goddess, the god Anubis was in the shape of a jackal);
Another worldly phenomena was animals sacred and guarded by the gods (the deer was sacred to goddess Artemis) and identified with them (Hera was called “cow-eyed” to describe her beauty; Zeus’ animal was the eagle to reflect his power);
Sacrifice of the Animal Creatures
Sacrificing animals in honor of the gods or in order to calm their wrath was also a common way of worship worldwide (cattle of Geryon was sacrificed in honor of Hera; horses sacrificed to Poseidon to sooth his anger and allow safe passage through the seas);
People attached qualities they found in animals to human beings (for example: chicken = cowered; lion = brave; rabbit = wily etc.);
Named their offspring after animals. Take for example Biblical names, the Mothers one’s name meant a sheep (Rachel), a pretty one; the other’s name actually meant a cow (Leah, derives form the Akkadian “Liatum”starling), an animal that signified beauty in ancient times (unlike today); the tow Midianite war lords mentioned in Judges chap. 7, 25 names were Crow (Oreb) and Wolf (Zeeb);
The zodiac sings, both western and eastern, are basically constructed on animal figures and qualities humans attach to them.
No wonder animals take a great part in mythology, and play an important role in the myths explaining the world and human’s place in it.
Here by are their myths and stories.
There are lots of beastly creatures playing major rules in myths. As for a matter of fact, beasts are the bread and butter of mythological world. Myths wouldn’t look the same without them, dull and boring actually, since the presence of beasts in a mythical story makes it more interesting, more challenging, because myths function as agents between us and the phenomena. The heroes and heroines supply us with a position, with a point of view, of how to relate and deal with things we do not understand, namely, beasts.
The main difference between beasts and plane animals is that animals are part of normal world, beasts are freaks, odd phenomena of the world. For example, the half humane – half bull Minotaur; the flesh-eating Mares of Diomedes and the Erymanthian Boar.
Another important thing about beasts is that they are usually four-legged, they don’t fly and they don’t live under water, for that purpose we got water monsters and air monsters.
So, beasts largely inhabit the world of myth to express our deepest fears of the unknown and of freakish beastly phenomena such as mutants born both to human and animal kingdom, dangers lurking between the shadows and on the roads. By naming the fear and giving it shape, one can deal better with the world, as the famous phrase from psychology filed: by knowing the problem one’s half way to solving it.
And so we have here lots of freaks in various myths, have fun.
Do not feed the beasts (they can take good care of themselves. Can you?)
Heroines and Heroes
Heroines and heroes are one level (at least) than common people. They are a part of the mythological system that helps us, ordinary humans, understand the world.
They are they ones who by mad luck caught the attention of the gods, be it due to their good looks or outshining character, maybe they are half-gods being the final outcome of communion between gods and humans.
Being so, heroes and heroines are destined to an interesting life in mythical world – meet the gods in person, willingly or not, have many adventures, come out triumphant, become a star or a constellation in the sky, perhaps reside in the heavens, become gods themselves, being remembered in myths and stories by their fellow humans as important and essential, an example of what to do and of what not to do, an outline of how to understand the world and how to act and be in the world.
In short, if the gods are the bread and butter of mythological world, heroes and heroines are its salt and pepper. They enrich the flavor, make the myths relevant more than ever to the ones telling and remembering them, that is us, the plane, every-day people.
Goddesses and Gods
What’s a myth with a god? What is a world without a goddess?
Gods are the essence of mythological world. It’s bread and butter, actually. They are the ones who give motivation, make things happen, build heroes, destroy peoples, create monsters, impose catastrophes, bring fortune and wealth to their lucky favorites, live large, respond to their whims and by doing so create the world and rule it.
They are perfection, beyond perfection, for the world is created by their own godly standards. All-powerful, all-beautiful, their weaknesses are their very charm. Humans aspire to be like them, to touch them, reach for the stars, burn in their flame, fear them and pay their respects not to feel their might, the wrath of the gods.
Unlike the aforementioned paranormal entities, witch is the one who is proficient in casting magical spills and practicing witchcrafts. They may be anyone amongst your locality and neighbourhood and you may not trace them.
Similar to human, witches can be both generous and evil. Evil witches kill people, cage their spirits and use them for their gains. Having said that, a witch may trouble her social grudges and torture them mentally by sending the spirits and creating paranormal disturbances to them.
In Asian countries like India and Pakistan, witch is also known to as the “Daayan” who usually possesses a long pony tail in which she accumulates all her power. In order to become a Daayan, one has to sacrifice something dearest to them. They perform all their dark world rituals during dark night hours in front of their teacher at isolated places. Once she gains her expertise, she is allowed to practice witchery independently. However, there are many reported incidents when women were caught killing their children to learn this craft. This is an act worth condemning and creates fear amongst the locals.
The concept of witch is centuries old. There is an illustration of King Saul who took help of the Witch of Endor to summon the dead prophet Samuel’s spirit in order to defeat and gain control over the Philistine army. Today while a witch might have become limited to halloween rituals, horror tales and children’s story books, you never know one keeping an eye on you, looking for your soul.
Extending this list of mythical creature
While we included some of the most infamous paranormal creatures in our list, it is impossible to include every entry in this post. Every culture has its own folklore and urban legends to say and with them comes some mythological creatures. In Hindu mythology, there are Rakshas, Baital, Brahmbaital, Daakini, Shaakini, Pisach and Shaitan. On the other hand, the Muslims believe in Djinn, Bhoot and Shaitan. While the christianity believes in the concept of Hell and Heaven; Jesus and Devil, Buddhism and Taoism has a firm faith in the existence of “Pretas”.
Maori Mythological Creatures
- TE-WHEKE-A-MUTURANGI : It is a giant octopus which is familiar of Muturangi, the chief of the Hawaiki Island.
- PAPA & RANGI : In Maori mythology, Papa depicts of the mother earth and Rangi, the sky father. Their meeting is holy and much awaited and takes place with the help of Whaitiri and Tawhirimatea.
- WHAITIRI : Whaitiri is the goddess of Thunder. It uses its power in order to carry the messages and love from Rangi to Papa in form of Rain. It carries Ranga’s seeds in order to make earth fertile and vitality.
- TAWHIRIMATEA : He is the god of the weather and storms and also the mate of Whaitiri. They act in coordination and are responsible for climatic condition and plantation on mother earth.
- TANIWHA : It is a giant serpent like creature that live in deep ocean, rivers and dark caves. It lives under the supremacy of TANGAROA, God of the sea.
- TUMATAUENGA : We know him as the God of war. During ancient times, Maori people would perform rituals to please him before heading out for hunting, fishing or, ploughing their fields to sow seeds.
- TAHE-MAHUTA : Maoris consider him the God of plants and forests. They also believe that the animals living within the forest are under his shelter and they should always respect him. Doing unnecessarily harm to plants may attract the curse of TAHE- MAHUTA.
- MAUI : As the name suggests, MAUI is one of the most respected Gods of the Maori culture. He is a demigod, culture hero and ancient chief who guards its people from evil spirits.
- RUAUMOKO : He is the God of earthquakes, Volcanoes and seasons. He is an angry God who showers his anger in the form of massive destruction. RUAUMOKO’s role is to end the whole civilization when the appropriate time comes.
Several other Maori Mythical Creature
There are several other figures of Maori mythology. There is Punga who is an ancestor of ugly creatures. Maoris consider Ikatere as an ancestor of fish and TU-TE-WEHIWEHI as an ancestor of all reptiles. You may get afraid when you see URUTENGANGANA at its first place. But he controls the lights that fall on earth and the colours which blossom during all season. Take RONGO as the God of peace and the master of cultivated plants and prosperity. Unlike the Yamraj in Hindu mythology, death is in the hands of a female Goddess HINE-HUI-TE-PO in Maori mythology.
How to remain safe from Evil Paranormal Creatures
The world of paranormal is much like a parallel world. It runs simultaneous to our beautiful world until and unless the following phenomenon occurs-
- We disturb them intentionally or unintentionally
- They feel attracted towards yourself in order to furnish their desires
- You call them by means of some intermediary devices, say a ghost box or through an Ouija board activity
- Someone (Ideally a witch, or a tantrik) sends malevolent spirits for you
- If you were attached to a person who had just deceased, his/her soul may come after you in order to take your to their world.
Be whatever the case aforementioned, you can remain safe from these unseen disturbances. Just add few practices to your daily life-
- Keeping these objects in your surroundings would give you positive vibes and remove negative energies from your house.
- It doesn’t matter how busy you are, take an essential 10 minutes from your busy schedule. Use this time to offer prayers to the Almighty.
- While going to bed, chant the holy verses for seven times. It will help you having a happy dream and strengthen your subconscious.
- In Hindu mythology, do Grihpravesh and Vastu Puja before you enter a new home. People perform this ritual to please the entities living at that place.
Having said that, with these easy steps you can never go wrong. It will also keep you highly motivated and eliminate these negative energies from your life. Tell us your favourite in the aforementioned list of mythical creature. And in case you see someone who shows these signs of demonic possession, get an immediate help.