Mythical creature is a term used to describe a creature that appears in legends and folklore. Although there is no known scientific proof that supports the existence of mythical creatures, many people remain fascinated by the very idea of such fantastical creatures.
Mythical creatures are, like their namesake, simply myths but they do much to get creative imaginations flowing. In fact, there is a pseudoscience called “cryptozoology” that focuses on conducting searches for and studies of creatures whose existence is not confirmed! Furthermore, the creatures found in cryptozoology—like “mothman”—are said to have been based on actual sighting reports…and that has made these creatures into the stuff of urban legends.
The existence of mythical beings in the actual world is far less pressing than their all-too-real existence in stories, television, film song and Internet media. In fact, entire genres and franchises have been built around the adventures of mythical creatures and this has made them driving forces behind some of the biggest entertainment brands and iconic songs and shows (examples include “Harry Potter,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” and “X-Files”).
Below is a list that chronicles some of the most well-known mythical creatures that continue to make frequent appearances in modern pop-culture.
Leprechauns are short tiny creatures that are exclusive to the country of Ireland. Most Leprechauns take the form of men with red hair and full beards. Leprechauns wear green suits, like playing tricks on people, and hide pots of gold at the end of rainbows. If you catch one he must give you his gold!
The Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster is a creature that lives in the Loch Ness Lake in Scotland. The Loch Ness Monster has a long neck and broad body that resembles a dinosaur. Although no one has ever actually seen the Loch Ness Monster legend says that it is either green or blue.
Phoenixes are beautiful birds with red, orange and yellow feathers that gleam gold in the sun. Also known as “Fire Birds,” Phoenixes have the ability to reinvent themselves. Whenever a Phoenix is getting old and feeling weak it combusts into flames and, from the ashes of the old Phoenix, a new one is reborn strong and healthy. Phoenixes originated in Ancient Egypt.
Gnomes are small forest-dwelling creatures that look like older humans. Most gnomes live in houses carved out of mushrooms and wear cylinder-shaped caps. They also are very fond of gardens. Gnomes originated in Scandinavia but thrive in other parts of the world too. For example, they are believed to have large populations throughout Europe and the United States.
Sasquatch, also known as “Big Foot,” is an ape-like creature that lives in the Northwestern forests of America and Canada. Big Foot looks like a gorilla expect it is much taller and has a thick coat of brown hair, much like that of a bear. The nickname “Big Foot” was coined by journalists after a number of sightings of the creature happened in the American state of California.
Yetis, or “Abdominal Snowmen,” are said to be a distant cousin of Sasquatches. Yetis live in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet, two countries in Asia. Yetis look like gorillas except they are bigger and have a thick coat of white fur that enables them to blend into the snowy environment in which they live.