Top 10 Terrifying Mythical Creatures You Didn’t Know About

After the “Twilight” debacle, I have come to realize that our ancestors were way more creative in making creatures genuinely frightening, here is my collection of 10 of the most terrifying ones-

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10

Jikininki

“Jikininki” are from Japanese Buddhism and they mean “human eating ghosts”, and that already means that this wont end well. They are spirits of cursed individuals who were greedy in life, and are now forced to seek out and eat human corpses at night.

Jikininki are said to look like decomposing corpses, with sharp claws and glowing eyes. They also have the ability to magically disguise themselves as normal human beings and lead normal lives by day.

Source – http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/kwaidan/kwai08.htm

9

Cockatrice

A cockatrice is a mythical two-legged dragon with a rooster’s head. According to Alexander Neckam’s De naturis rerum (ca 1180), the cockatrice was supposed to be born from an egg laid by a chicken and incubated by a toad. It can turn people to stone if they look at it and it can also fly. Here is a verse from the book of Isaiah about it-

“Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.”
—Isaiah 14 29

Source- Historia Naturalis viii.37.90.

8

Dullahan

The Dullahan is from Irish legends and it means “without a head”. Its a headless horseman, who rides a black horse and carries his head under his arm, and a human spine on the other hand, which it uses as a whip. The head’s eyes move around and the mouth is always in a creepy smile. Whenever the Dullahan stops riding, that means someone is about to die. It calls out the name of the unlucky individual, at which point they instantly die.

There is no way to stop a Dullahan, no lock is big enough or gate strong enough. And if you watch them while they are doing their “work”- they will throw blood on you, as a mark that you are next. The only defense against them is gold, which they are afraid of.

Source- http://www.dullahan.com/

7

Blemmyes

Another form of headless creatures, the Blemmyes; they are cannibals and have faces on their chest.  They lived in ancient Libya according to Herodotus. Their name is formed using two Hebrew terms, which roughly translate to “no brain”.

Source- Herodotus, The Histories

6

Pontianak

This is from Indonesian mythology and the word literally means “woman who died in childbirth”. They are beautiful pale skinned women, who prey on men. You know its a Pontianak, when you hear a baby cry, which is how they announce their presence; the closer they get the softer the cry gets. When they get close enough to you, you can smell a very nice fragrance which is the last nice thing which will happen to you as they kill their victims by digging into their stomachs with their sharp fingernails and eating their organs. If you look at them directly they will suck your eyes out. They locate prey by sniffing out clothes which are left outside to dry which is why superstitious Malays never leave out clothing overnight. Here is a video of a reported sighting.

Source – Lee R. The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories. 2nd ed. Singapore: Flame of the Forest, 1989.

5

Ogopogo

Ogopogo is the name of a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, Canada. It was seen by ‘First Nations’ people since the 19th century. Its described as a 50 foot long sea serpent. Karl Shuker (a British cryptozoologist) suggested it may be a kind of primitive serpentine whale such as Basilosaurus (Here is an illustration of them).

Source- http://www.strangemag.com/ogopogo.html

4

Bean Nighe

A Scottish fairy,  said to be a messenger from the underworld to bring omens of death.  It’s name literally means “washerwoman”. She wanders near empty streams washing the blood of the grave clothes of people who are about to die. It is said that they might be spirits of women who died giving birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have normally ended. They are described as having one nostril, one big tooth, webbed feet and long-hanging breasts, and dressed in green. Not the most attractive creatures. If you ask them nicely enough, they will answer three questions for you, but only after you answer three questions of their questions. She can also tell you the names of the people who are about to die. If someone sneaks up on them while they are washing and suck their breast and claim to be their foster child, he gains a wish from her.

Source- Briggs, Katharine (1976). An Encyclopedia of Fairies. Pantheon Books. pp. 14-16, 19-20.

3

Bakhtak

 Ever have a nightmare? Of course you have, according to Persian legends a Bakhtak is a creature you can blame this for. It’s invisible and it sits on the chest of its victims, turning their dreams into nightmares and it weighs so much that it also causes sleep paralysis in its victims.

Source

2

Leshy

A leshy is a woodland spirit from Slavic legends which protects animals and forests. It is a tall creature which can change its size, has hair and a beard made out of living grass and vines, and it has a tail, hooves, and horns. It’s skin is pale and its eyes are green. It is close to the gray wolf and bears. As a weapon it carries a club and its considered to be the lord of the forest. They also have no shadow.

They have loud cries and can imitate the voices of people. They are not really evil, but do sometimes kidnap wanderers and women and tickle them to death in their lair.

Source

1

Abarimon

Abarimon are a legendary race of people from a country with the same name, where they live side by side with animals. They have backwards feet, and in spite of that, are able to run at great speeds.

The exact location of their country is in the great valley of Mount Imaus (now known as the Himalayan Mountains). The air was said to be unique and if breathed for a long time, it would make it impossible to breath any other type of air, so leaving the valley was impossible.

Source- Natural History of Pliny

 

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  • Brandon Roberts

    so stuff made up to scare people

    • I like to think that some of them are based on some aspect of reality. But probably.

      • Brandon Roberts

        Probaly. I think every mythological beast is based on some aspect of reality

        • Zark

          I think some may even be real.There have been numerous supernatural incidences in which tangible evidences have been left behind including the police being involved.When I traveled abroad there were police everywhere one morning outside the hotel and they were taking away a dead body.According to the police woman I asked this is just one of many homeless people found with puncture wounds on their necks and drained of blood.The police do not talk about this to the media so as not to avoid a panic.I did some research and apparently such things happen even the U.S like in New York.There are many vampire non-myths which most people simply choose to brush off which have tangible foundations and credibility to it.I saw the body before it was wrapped up and it look like a person who was frozen in a meat fridge and the mouth and eyes were frozen in terror. MTemuri ,please research incidences such as the cursed basano vase which the government had to confiscate and hide away because everyone who owned it actually died in accidents or suicide or mysterious illness.It’s one of those properly documented cases.Plus I do not know the name of the incident but there was a case of a ship where all the crew members were found frozen dead and pointing at something in horror.Now I’ve never seen a vampire but I have seen something in a trance like state (shadow people).Sort of like sleep paralysis but only that I was able to move but was both asleep and awake.So I WANT TO BELIEVE ;P

          • Wow, I cant believe I didn’t see this message sooner. I will definitely look into it, and I am sure it will make an interesting list. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Michael Lie

    That not ‘Pontianak’, Dude!. Pontianak is one of the Indonesia city name (That’s my hometown). Actually her name is Kuntilanak.
    The story starts from Sultan of East Kalimantan (Maybe in Kukar). He always haunted by this creature after he finished the construct of his palace (Kraton). Finally he decided to moved from his hometown, and then depart to West Kalimantan actually at Pontianak (Formerly name is not Pontianak), with the hope that was not plagued by this creatures again. But that creature still abreast and haunting him. Somehow they knew that the creature was afraid of the smell of carbide. Then they were created some carbide cannon to repel the creatures. It was true that the creature was afraid of the smells of carbide and and finally move away from the Sultan. The Sultan returned to his hometown with a calm, but the the creature is still roaming around that area, at West Borneo. Sooner or later Locals people call it Kuntilanak. Then that area is named Pontianak (Malay of Kuntilanak)

    • That was actually pretty interesting, I didnt know that. But from what I researched about the creature the city of Pontianak was named after the creature, rather than the other way around. But still thanks for commenting 😀

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  • Jknows29

    The name cockatrice is not found in any of the biblical translations in the place of cockatrice it only says serpent.

  • Avik

    Regarding #7, there is a myth of similar headless creatures (usually labelled as ghosts) in Bengal (both in India and Bangladesh sides) called ‘Skondhokata’ (skondho = shoulder, kata = chopped, meaning ‘nothing above the shoulders’). The striking similarity is they’re also supposed to have their mouths in their chests. How could two groups so geographically apart (I mean the people, not the monsters) develop such similar details?

    • Sorry for such a late reply. I could not find a lot on Skondhokata’s, but there are some big differences. Skondhokata’s make people their slaves, while Blemmyes eat them. Also I can’t find any data that Skondhokata’s have mouths on their chests (only that they are headless). But I will take your word for it. Basically its pretty normal for a wide set of peoples to share the same type of ghosts because of trading. Traders usually spread these stories around (same way traders were partly responsible for spreading Islam in India/China etc). Also Herodotus made an estimate that it was from Libya, he could have been completely wrong as well, so we should take his origin data with a grain of salt.

      • Avik

        Thank you! I’ll see if I can find any more details. Unfortunately, when it comes to ghosts and urban legends of Bengal/India, there are not many scholarly books.

  • Claire

    Funny how most of this stuff is extremely wrong. You got some of the names completely incorrect, and their origins incorrect too. Just proves that you can’t trust everything on the Internet.

    • I am surprised you say that because I spent a lot of time making sure the facts were accurate (even sourced everything). Can you point me some specific examples?

      • hasinah

        Pontianak is from Malaysia origin and kuntilanak is from Indonesia origin

        • The creature has a mixed origin in both the countries, and is even popular in South Asia, with a different name but the same concept.

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