Top 10 Mythical CREATURES We're GLAD DON'T EXIST
Be they founded in myth or legend; we're counting down our top 10 picks for mythological creatures from across the world, that, well... we're just happy don't exist!
The Fates - Varies
Called The Fates in English, and going by a multitude of other names depending on it's origins; these multicultural, white robed incarnations of destiny, were the undisputed controllers of the mother thread of lifestyle; which had the determined "fate" of each and every mortal from birth to death. Independent with no allegiance to any god, they sat idle on the side lines watching and directing the eternal laws of fate, and made sure they played out without obstruction. Both gods and man alike submitted to them. The Fates take the number one spot for a few reasons, their mythos spreads to numerous cultures with very similar stories. Every creature, god and man had to answer to them, as they sat above all but each other, and lastly because the guard that which all reality is tied. These are some seriously powerful entities indeed!
Each uisge - Scottish
In Scottish mythology, an each uisge is a water spirit, in Scottish Gaelic, meaning “water horse”. The each uisge is a dangerous creature in Scottish myths, said to inhabit lochs and seas around the Scottish highlands that are shape-shifters and take the form of a normal horse, or that of a man. While in the form of a horse, the each uisge will encourage humans to ride it as if a normal horse, until it gets close enough to a body of water, where the creature binds the rider to itself and swims to the deepest part of the loch or sea. After the rider drowns, the each uisge then tears them apart and devour the remains, aside from the liver, which is allowed to float adrift as the last remnant of the riders demise. In the form of a man, the each uisge appears to be handsome and can only be recognized as a supernatural being by the seaweed hidden in its hair. The each uisge is not unlike the kelpie, another form of water horse that inhabits some lochs, rivers and streams, and in Irish mythology, the each uisge is known as the aughisky.
Gorgon - Greek
The Gorgons were monstrous creatures covered with impenetrable scales, hair of living snakes, hands of brass, sharp fangs and in some cases even a beard. They were said to live the ocean, and guard the entrance to the underworld. The Gorgons were three sisters in Greek mythology, daughters of Echidna and Typhon; the mother and father of all monsters. The lesser known sisters were Stheno and Euryale, and the most famous was of course Medusa. Although the first two were immortal, Medusa was not. Oddly, Medusa wasn't considered to be the child of Echidna and Typhon; but instead that of Phorkys and Keto. They were hideous, each with a gaze that would turn the on-looker to stone. A dreadful female creature in Greek mythology, Medusa is probably the most well known mythological creature on our list. She would be famously dispatched by the hero Perseus, who discovered the reflection was safe enough to view her. Using a mirror and scythe, he would sever her head; though severed, Medusa's head still held it's cryptic gaze powers.
Shesha - Indian/Hindu
Though not evil by any definition, number 4 on our list can end our existence in a matter of moments. Shesha; meaning "that which remains" and "king of all nagas", is depicted as a giant coiled serpent with many heads, commonly having 5 or 7, but usually said to have thousands upon thousands, each with its own ornate crown. As one of the primal beings of creation, Shesha is said to hold all the planets of the universe. Legend stating the fate of the universe is based on the movement of Shesha; uncoiling brings upon more creation, but upon coiling back, the universe ceases to exist. His massive form is often depicted coiled in space, or in the ocean of milk; the fifth from the center of the seven oceans, surrounding loka, or "directional space" to separate it from aloka, or non-directional space. Shesha is the common resting place of the deity Vishnu, as he often rests directly upon the creatures back. Even with the power to move and end reality as we know it, Shesha is just a servant and manifestation of Vishnu.
Wendigo - Native American: Algonquian
The Wendigo, a creature fathomed into existence by the Native North American tribe of the Algonguian people. Descriptions of the Wendigo vary from culture to culture, but they're generally described as being large canine like humanoid beasts, are malevolent and have cannibalistic creatures, and are strongly associated with the cold, northern winters. Pretty much all cultures that the Wendigo myth appears shares the belief that human beings have a great chance of turning into Wendigos if they ever resorted to cannibalism or by becoming possessed by the demonic spirit of a Wendigo, often in a dream. Once cursed, the individual will become violent and obsessed with eating human flesh. These entities are the embodiments of gluttony, greed, and excess. They are never satisfied with killing and consuming, they always want more. Wendigos are constantly searching for new victims in rural and highly forested, mountainous regions. A truly horrifying monster... as it is said to have no real method of being dispatched; just avoided.
Koshei the Deathless - Slavic
Koschei the Deathless is your typical villain... kidnaps the heroes lady, tries to get her to love him, fails terrible and begins to blame the world and go on a murderous spree. Calling him deathless is a little bit untrue, as he is very similar to that of a Lich; to destroy him, you must destroy his soul... easy enough, right? Well unfortunately, he's hidden his soul away inside a needle, which he had placed inside an egg.. which is inside of a duck, which in turn is somehow inside that of a hare; and then the hare itself, shoved inside of an iron box and buried under an oak tree. If all that wasn't enough for you, the location of this oak tree is on the mythical island of Buyan, home of the three winds. So again, we have a virtually undying lich lord of ancient evil that wants nothing more than to steal your beautiful girlfriend and make her his own. Not really hard to see why we wouldn't want this guy lingering around now, huh?
Strigoi - Romanian
A Romanian creature of demonic lineage, and immensely similar to that of a vampire; some would even say the granddaddy of the vampire stories. Considered to be a troubled soul stuck beyond the grave, ready to devour your blood and roam the Earth in terror. Much akin to the vampire, Strigoi are able to transform and take shape of any animal on Earth. Appearance wise, is that of your traditional non-sparkle vampire that the world is becoming accustomed too. I blame you Anne Rice.. and is depicted as a pale, sickly looking corpse of rotting flesh, with a smell reminiscent of grave soil. Hmm, a palate like that pairs well with any red rum! On a related note, the Strigoi is so feared in the country of Romania, that there are still people that dig up graves to decapitate and ignite the bodies of those suspected of being Strigoi... you know, because that's how you take care of the vampire menace.
Domovoi - Russia
Remember that roommate you had, when everything was going great, then suddenly one day it was almost as if they changed overnight? Well according to Russian lore, every home has a Domovoi; and your roommate was probably it. Known in their true form to be small, bearded and hairy men; the Domovoi have the power to shape-shift into the physical forms of its human and our animal housemates. All is not lost though, as long as you maintain being an outstanding roommate, and are respectful and clean; then your personal Domovoi will remain nice and helpful, but in an environment of filth and foulness the Domovoi will adapt to its surroundings and take care of the problem.. and then it'll probably just put up a new want add for roommates. They say, if you’d ever like to meet your Domovoi, all you need do is yell, “Grandfather Dobrokhot, please come into my house and tend the flocks!” Ya know... our opinion is, if it ain't broken... and you aren't sure you're living with a supernatural creature, then don't fix it!
Jikininki - Japan
If greed is your creed, then you may be destined to be cursed for all eternity. In Japanese mythology, a creature known as the Jikininki or "human eating ghosts" were the remaining corrupted spirits of human selfishness, and are now doomed to a post-life journey as insatiably hungry corpse-eaters. The saying, "you are what you eat" takes literally meaning when it comes to the Jikininki; as they are told to look like decomposing humans with bright glowing eyes that leave any mortal foolish enough to look them in the eyes either by accident or brashness left frozen with fear, while they use their large powerful claws to produce a fresher food source. They are also said to have the ability to magically disguise themselves as normal human beings; to lead normal lives by day. So the quick morale of the story is, stay out of graveyards kiddies... less the Jikininki will have another meal.
Leshy - Eastern Europe
Have you ever gotten yourself lost in the woods? According to Slavic Mythology, next time you should just turn your clothing inside out and wear your shoes on the opposite feet; as that is the only way to escape the Leshy's trap. A Leshy usually appears as a tall man, but he is able to change his size from that of a blade of grass to a very tall tree. He has hair and a beard made from living grass and vines. Known to be terribly mischievous beings, Leshys have horrible cries, and can imitate voices of people familiar to wanderers to lure them back to their caves; where then at the Leshies will, and we're serious here, tickle them to death. If a person were to somehow befriend a Leshy, they will be taught the secrets of their magic, and it was often told that farmers and shepherds alike would often make pacts with the Leshy to protect their crops and herds. Though not always evil, most are said to enjoy misguiding humans and kidnapping young women... Jinkies!