Mythical Creatures (Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained by Linda S Godfrey

By Linda S Godfrey

Legends and myths are packed with very unlikely creatures and weird beasts, from the half-human, half-lion sphinx of old Egypt to fire-breathing dragons to mermaids within the oceans. This paintings describes a number of the well-known beasts of delusion and legend and appears at their attainable origins whereas recounting the stories that experience stored them recognized for millennia.

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In the 1950s a German magazine dispatched a crew to hunt down and photograph the tatzelwurm. The expedition failed, and interest in the creature lessened. A Swiss newspaper reported one of the last known sightings in 1970. A few researchers have maintained that the tatzelwurm is a real creature, perhaps some hardy member of the lizard family. Flying Flame Shooters: Dragons of the World 61 Dragon Roots Researchers have long noticed the universality of dragon lore, and many have tried to explain why this monster is so common in world mythology.

4 A ritual dragon dance performed with large, cloth puppets persists in modern celebrations such as weddings and the Chinese New Year festival. Along with the ki-lin (Chinese unicorn), the phoenix, and the tortoise, the dragon is still regarded as one of four sacred animals in Chinese culture. Ground-up dragon bones, usually obtained from dinosaur fossils, are sold in China as medicine. The Classical Dragon The Greek word for pythons, the largest of the serpents, was draconta. The Romans shortened the word to draco, which became the source of the English word dragon.

The goatman is especially fond of searching lonely roads for parked cars occupied by teenage lovers. In one oft-repeated tale a young teen was busy fending off her love-struck prom date when they heard curious noises coming from under the car. The young man climbed out to investigate. As the girl looked out the window, she saw a six-foot-tall creature, part man and part goat, with glowing green eyes. Her date was later found torn limb from limb. One area writer, Mark Opsasnick, investigated the goatman and included what he found in a book titled Horror on Fletchertown Road: the Goatman of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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