(ORDO NEWS) — All cultures of the world have their own legendary creatures. It was believed that these creatures are unusual animals or hybrids with special abilities or qualities.
While some were considered highly intelligent, others were known for their danger and strength. Below we take a look at five of the most powerful mythical creatures.
The Chimera comes from Greek mythology and was considered a female monster from Asia Minor. The two-headed chimera actually consisted of three animals: it had the head and body of a lion, on which sat a second head – a goat – and a snake’s tail. A fire-breathing monster, in fact, it was the goat’s head that exhaled fire.
Although the chimera was said to be virtually invincible, legend has it that Bellerophon was able to kill her by driving a lead-tipped sword into her blazing maw, causing her to choke on the molten metal. Since then, the term “chimera” has often been used in mythology to describe creatures made up of various parts that come from different animals.
Many consider the basilisk, or cockatrice, one of the deadliest mythological creatures. It was believed that he was born from a snake egg, which was incubated by a rooster. The resulting creature was half bird, half snake.
Basilisk was often called the king of snakes, it was believed that he was extremely hostile towards all people. It was believed that he was able to kill a person with one glance. Aside from its powerful killer gaze, its venom was considered extremely toxic and deadly.
“Dragons are probably one of the most famous mythical creatures found in many cultures. There are many descriptions of different types of dragons in folklore, including hydria, dragon net and African dragon.
The different names of dragons were believed to be associated with different aspects of their characteristics” – says Ramon Richards, journalist for Britstudent and PhDKingdom.
In Western cultures, dragons were often depicted as four-legged reptiles that could fly and breathe deadly fire. In Eastern cultures, however, they were more often described as highly intelligent four-legged snakes.
Kraken is a mythological creature from Norse mythology. It is most often described as a giant squid or an octopus-shaped sea monster. It was believed that the Kraken is found off the coast of Greenland and Norway.
According to various myths, the Kraken was extremely powerful. It was believed to be strong enough to create whirlpools that could sink entire ships. The Kraken itself was also reported to have attacked and destroyed ships.
“There is speculation that the myth of the Kraken may have arisen from the appearance of giant squids that could grow up to 18 meters in length.
These rare creatures very rarely caught the eye of people, but it is likely that those few sightings were enough to inspire the mythical creature , which we know as the Kraken,” Alexandria Allen, a history writer at 1Day2Write and Writemyx, said in an interview.
Sirens were considered dangerous and beautiful creatures. Also known as mermaids, sirens had a human-like upper body and a fish-like lower body. Sirens appear in the folklore of many countries of the world. Most often they were considered a sign of misfortune.
They were believed to have beautiful, enchanting voices, which, along with their physical beauty, were used to lure sailors to certain death. Sirens were most often associated with drowning and shipwrecks, while their male counterparts (known as mermaids) were thought to be capable of causing storms and even sinking ships.
Countless other mythical creatures can be found in the folklore and tales of cultures around the world. While not all mythical creatures were considered dangerous, they were all fantastical.
As a result, these creatures have managed to remain a part of our modern culture through popular literature, films, and television. Obviously, these powerful mythical creatures continue to fascinate and capture our imaginations.
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