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. In fact, there is a pseudoscience called “cryptozoology” that focuses on conducting searches for and studies of creatures whose existence is not confirmed!
Mythical creatures are, like their namesake, simply myths but they do much to get creative imaginations flowing. 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 actual existence of mythical beings 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 the people who deal with them (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 make fairly frequent appearances in pop-culture.
Mermaids are creatures that live in the water. They have the upper bodies of humans but instead of legs they have a tail, just like fish! Mermaids like seashells and pearls and they live in kingdoms under the sea. Mermaids are said to have originated in the Mediterranean but they are world famous since they can swim all around the globe.
Fairies are tiny creatures that have wings and look like humans. Fairies live in enchanted forests and they like to lounge on flowers. They are known to be quite beautiful in appearance and similar to Elves except for the fact that they are smaller and have sparkly wings. Fairies have their own form of magic and they almost always use it for good. Stories about fairies are widespread around Europe, especially in France and Great Britain.
Centaurs are creatures with the heads and torsos of humans but the bodies and legs of horses. Centaurs live in the forest. They travel in packs and they are excellent archers and flute players. Centaurs are also known to be very smart and many centaurs make good teachers. It is believed that they originated in Greece.
Cyclopes are large creatures that have only one eye in the center of their head. Cyclopes have been the subject of legends dating back thousands of years, especially in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Cyclops hang around near mountains and have big appetites, they can also be short tempered.
Note: The photo depicts a mummy that belongs to a tribe of people in Thailand who live in a mountainous region named after the legendary cyclops.
Elves are tall and slender creatures that strongly resemble humans except for their pointy ears. Elves have their own form of magic and they can sometimes be friendly to humans. Elves live in Enchanted Forests and have advanced civilizations, much like humans. It is believed that they originated in the territories of Great Britain.