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A History of Mythical Beings
A History of Mythical Beings
A History of Mythical Beings
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A History of Mythical Beings

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* Learn about ancient mythical beings.

* Learn about ancient mythical creatures.

ЯзыкEnglish
Издательfholiday
Дата выпуска7 июл. 2021 г.
ISBN9781386036227
A History of Mythical Beings
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Frederick Holiday

I'm single and I currently live in the desert.

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    A History of Mythical Beings - Frederick Holiday

    By the same author

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    World Mythology Lite Vol. 2

    World Mythology Lite Anthology

    Jokes for Kids Vol. 1

    Jokes for Kids Vol. 2

    Copyright © 2021 Frederick Holiday

    All rights reserved

    Dedicated to my mother

    Introduction

    I’m writing this from my residence as more people are getting vaccinated during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m happy that society in my country can relax a bit more. It’s unfortunate that this isn’t the case worldwide but perhaps that will soon change. Be safe and well.

    Frederick Holiday

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1  Unicorns  8

    Chapter 2  Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies  10 

    Chapter 3  Fairies, Sprites, Nymphs & Elves 

    Chapter 4  Yeti & Sasquatch

    Chapter 5  Dragons

    Chapter 6  Phoenix

    Chapter 7  Chimera, Griffin, Gargoyles & Pegasus

    Chapter 8  Fauns, Satyrs, Minotaurs & Centaurs

    Chapter 9  Mermaids & Mermen

    Chapter 10  Kraken & Sea Monsters

    Chapter 11  Bogeyman

    Chapter 12  Giants & Ogres

    Chapter 13  Goblins, Gnomes & Leprechauns

    Chapter 14  Incubus, Succubus, Angels & Demons

    Chapter 1

    Unicorns

    Unicorns are typically referred to as monoceros in the current English language. A monoceros is a legendary animal with a single horn related to the unicorn.

    The monoceros was first described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History as a creature with the head of a stag, the feet of an elephant, the body of a horse, and the tail of a wild boar. It has a single black horn in the center of its forehead and is impossible to capture while alive.

    Ctesias states that the unicorn has a dark red head, dark blue eyes, a white body and a red, white, and black horn. He’s describing a creature from India that he never saw but heard about. 

    Pliny’s description was abandoned during medieval times. Early Christians seemed to follow Ctesias’ description more while adding that the unicorn could only be tamed by a virgin maiden.

    Rulers often adopted the unicorn as their symbol because of the purity of the unicorn. They can be found on many coats of arms and family crests.

    The religious history of the unicorn dates back to the time of the great flood, when Talmudic interpreters state that the unicorn was too large to fit into Noah’s ark and so had to be towed behind by a rope tied to its horn. The unicorn is also said to have left the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, but it could return every century. It renewed its strength by drinking the water and eating the vegetation.

    The horn of the unicorn was long thought to have healing properties. It could purify liquids and cure those who had been poisoned. It was also believed to be a cure for epilepsy. It was believed to restore vitality, provoked urine and brought on a birth. Unicorn liver, mixed with egg yolks, was thought to cure leprosy.

    It’s currently believed that the ancient descriptions of the unicorn are the modern day rhinoceros.

    Chapter 2

    Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies

    Vampires are folkloric creatures that subsist by feeding on the vital essence (usually blood) of the living. European vampires are undead creatures that often visit their loved ones and cause death or mischief in the neighborhoods they once lived in. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and ruddy, much different from modern pale, gaunt vampires who date from the early 19th century.

    Most cultures have recorded versions of vampiric entities. The mass hysteria of the 18th century Balkans and Eastern Europe sometimes resulted in corpses being staked after being accused of being vampires and brought about the current popular usage of the term vampire.

    Porphyria was linked to earlier vampire legends in 1985 and later discredited. Modern society mostly views legends of vampires as fiction caused by a lack of understanding of decomposition processes that occur after death.

    A few modern cultures do still believe in beings like vampires such as the chupacabra that is mentioned in parts of the Americas, Russia and the Philippines.

    Werewolves are humans with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf, either because of a bite or scratch from a werewolf or a curse. Their transformations usually occur during a full moon. This ability or condition is known as lycanthropy and is mentioned in ancient sources by Gervase of Tilbury and Petronius.

    Belief in werewolves developed alongside the belief in

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