By Jack Goldstein

Do you know Hippogriff is supposedly the offspring of a horse and a griffin? Or Greek Sphinx usually has a male face, while an Egyptian one has a feminine visage? the place does the Skunk Ape roam, and the way are you able to spot a Kitsune in human shape? Is Slenderman the main scary legendary creature, or is that honour bestowed at the fearsome Gashadokuro? This superb e-book includes info of over 100 legendary beasts and mythical creatures, organised into different types for simple reference. no matter if you have an interest within the beasts of at any place from historical Greece to modern day Africa, this can be the ebook for you!

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83. Selkie: North of mainland Scotland lie two remote island groups called the Orkney and the Shetland isles. Sharing similar folklore, both communities tell of creatures who live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. If a man finds a Selkie’s skin which she has shed to come on land, she will now be under his power and will become his wife - although as her true home is in the sea she will spend many hours gazing at the ocean. Both male and female Selkies are said to be beautiful, and sometimes seek out those who are dissatisfied with their lives to begin a loving relationship with.

85. Banshee: This messenger from the underworld takes the form of a fairy woman who wails at an impending death. Important families in Ireland each had their own Banshee, who’s mournful cries would signify the imminent passing of one of their members. Whereas some Banshees are said to be terrifyingly ugly, others have been described as beautiful women, and some even as an animal such as a crow, stoat or weasel. Likewise, the Banshee’s cry can be anything from a ‘low, pleasant singing’ to a ‘thin, screeching sound somewhere between the wail of a woman and the moan of an owl’.

74. Siren: The Sirens lived on islands in the Mediterranean and appeared to be beautiful women who would sing enchanting songs to lure unwary sailors towards them. However, approaching vessels would crash into the rocks around them. Some ancient sources depict the Sirens as having some features of birds, for instance having scaly feet or being covered in feathers. Legend tells of Odysseus and his curiosity as to what the Sirens sounded like; he therefore ordered his men to tie him to his mast, plug their own ears with beeswax, sail past their island and not release him no matter how much he begged.

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