hey /x/ people. can we have a general cryptid and monsters thread?
In General i mean:
>Sauce of cryptids (Photos,Videos,Music,etc)
>Top " Cryptids
>Your thought on them
> Exploring Experiences
So here we go!
I'm gonna post mythological creatures because they exist too.
Tarasque: a fearsome dragon-like hybrid creature from Provence in Southern France, tamed in a story about Saint Martha. The Tarasque had a lions head, six short legs like a bear’s, an ox-like body covered with a turtle shell, and a scaly tail that ended in a scorpions sting. In the story of Saint Martha in the Golden Legend, it devastated the landscape and was loathed by villagers who constantly tried to attack it to no avail. Saint Martha however, befriended the beast and gained its trust, then lead the tamed Tarasque to the town. But the people, terrified of the monster, attacked it when it appeared. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done, the people changed the towns name to Tarascon to remember the monster.
Fire-Drake: a fire-breathing dragon of Germanic mythology. The name derives from the Middle English ‘firdrake’ which in turn comes from the Old English 'fyrdraca’ with 'fyr’ meaning fire. The Old English 'draca’ came from the Latin 'draco’ meaning dragon. The name Fire Drake is known to have been used sometime in the 12th century. In Wiccan belief, the Fire Drakes are the spirits of the fire element. The central creature of the fire element is the salamander.
>they exist too
Jersey Devil: a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. The common description of the Jersey Devil is that of a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, bat wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and has often been described as emitting a “blood-curdling scream.”There are many different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil. One of the most popular legends says a woman known as Mother Leeds, made a wish that if she had another child she wanted it to be a devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered him in the house so the curious couldn’t see him. One stormy night the child flapped its wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen again. The Jersey Devil has a history going back 300 years and has been seen by over 2000 witnesses.
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Cockatrice: originating from the Basilisk, the cockatrice has the body of a dragon or serpent, and the head and legs of a rooster. According to myth, they are the product of a rooster egg hatched by a serpent or toad. A magical creature, it can kill with a glance, and its breath is poisonous. The terms “cockatrice” and “basilisk” are often used interchangeably. English author Geoffrey Chaucer mentioned the Basilisk in his Canterbury Tales, calling it a “Basilicok,” which evolved into the Cockatrice. There are a few ways to protect oneself from a Cockatrice. One is to carry something reflective - like a mirror - and turn the creature’s gaze back on it. Another is to keep a weasel or a cockerel nearby. The weasel is said to be the mortal enemy of the Cockatrice, while the crowing of the cockerel is even more effective as it causes the Cockatrice to have fatal fits and ultimately thrash itself to death.
Dame Blanche: in French mythology, Dames Blanches (“white ladies”) were female spirits comparable to the white women of both Dutch and Germanic mythology. The Dames Blanches were reported in the region of Lorraine and Normandy. They appear in the Pyrenees mountains, near caves and caverns. Thomas Keightley (1870) described the Dames Blanches as a type of fairy known in Normandy who are “of a less benevolent character.” They lurk in narrow places such as ravines, fords and on bridges, and try to attract passer-by attention. They may require one to join in her dance or assist her in order to pass. For those who comply, she “makes them many courtsies and vanishes,” but those who refuse are thrown into the thistles and briar.
Firebird: in Russian folklore, the Firebird is a magical bird that glows red, orange and yellow like a bonfire. In Russian its name is Zhar-Ptitsa which means “heat bird." The feathers do not cease glowing if removed, and one feather can light a large room if not concealed. In later iconography, the form of the Firebird is usually that of a smallish fire-coloured peacock, complete with a crest on its head and tail feathers with glowing "eyes”. At midnight, the bird comes into gardens to eat the golden apples of immortality and to light up the night. When it sings, pearls fall from its beak.
Lausks: the reason why you have numb cheeks in winter. A single man from Latvian lore, Lausks is a winter spirit, said to be an old man dressed in a winter coat of animal fur with an axe in his hand. Lausks spends his time in two ways. The first is to visit houses in winter and check the structural integrity by using his axe to hit the walls, roofs and corner of the rooms. Secondly, Lausks is said to pinch cheeks, ears and noses when people go outside in the cold. He can therefore be blamed for cracks in the walls, and red or numb cheeks, ears and noses in the winter.
Karakasa-Obake: also called Kasa-Obake (Japanese: 傘おばけ) are a mythical ghost or yōkai in Japanese folklore. The Japanese believe that lifeless objects may be given a life of their own, becoming what is known as a Tsukumogami. One such object is a living paper umbrella. The umbrella has two claw-like hands as well as a single foot - made from the handle - which wears a Japanese sandal. A single large eye sits above a mouth with a long, lolling tongue. Despite its intimidating appearance, it is said to be a friendly spirit that becomes lonely if their owner is not using them often enough.
They are related to the primordial fire animals the salamanders too! You're welcome.
Kukulkan: (/kuː kuːlˈkän/) (“Plumed Serpent,” “Feathered Serpent”) is the name of a Maya snake deity that also serves to designate historical persons. The depiction of the feathered serpent deity is present in other cultures of Mesoamerica. Kukulkan is closely related to the god Q'uq'umatz of the K'iche’ Maya and to Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs. Little is known of the mythology of this pre-Columbian deity. Although heavily Mexicanised, Kukulkan has his origins among the Maya of the classic period, when he was known as Waxaklahun Ubah Kan (/waʃaklaˈχuːn uːˈɓaχ kän/), the War Serpent, and he has been identified as the Postclassic version of the Vision Serpent of Classic Maya art.
Thoth: the Egyptian God of knowledge and wisdom. He was usually conveyed with the head of an ibis (bird) wearing the crescent moon and moon disc. As a lunar deity, Thoth can also manifest as a baboon, which ancient Egyptians believed to be an intelligent, nocturnal creature that “sings’ to the moon at night. The accreditations given to Thoth in his role were numerous but included: keeper of records; scribe of the Gods and secretary of Ra; arbitrator and messenger of the Gods; lord of time who measures the days, the lunar cycle and movement of stars; inventor of Hieroglyphic writing; creator of the 365 day calendar; a God of justice and "supreme judge”. He was the inventor of mathematics, astronomy and engineering. Author of all works of science, religion, philosophy, magic and every branch of knowledge.
Deer Woman: in Native American mythology, “Deer Woman” (also known as “Deer Lady”), is a deer spirit of the eastern Woodlands and Central Plains Tribes, associated with fertility and love. She is a shape-shifter and appears at various times as an old woman, beautiful young woman or a deer. Deer woman is sometimes in both animal and human form, with a human female upper body and the lower body of a deer. Although she is usually considered to be a kind and helpful spirit, in some stories, Deer Woman is a malevolent being who seduces men and leads them to their death.
Headless Horseman: the headless horseman has existed in European folklore since at least the Middle Ages. The Irish “Dullahan,” a name that can be translated to “dark man” rides a black horse with flaming eyes and carries his head under his lower thigh. He holds a whip made from a human corpse’s spine. The head’s eyes move around and the mouth is always smiling. Whenever the Dullahan stops riding, somebody dies. It calls out the name of the unfortunate person, then they die instantly. There is no way to stop a Dullahan, and if they see you watching them, they will throw blood on you as mark that you are next.
Witches: female practitioners of witchcraft. The stereotypical witches are commonly portrayed as wicked old women who have warts on their noses, claw-like fingernails and pointy hats. The word “witchcraft” has been derived from the word “Wicca” which means “wise one.” The witch was a respected member of society in primitive times (to 1000 A.D), they were valued not feared, since they helped ease pain and healed people and their animals .The Christian church taught that such powers could only come from the devil. Witches were then considered as evil, making pacts and connections with Satan. It was even believed that witches engaged in flying, invisibility, killing, taming black wolves and cats to spy on people, and others.
Draugr: in Norse mythology, the Draugr were the corpses of Viking warriors returned from the dead to attack the living. As Viking warriors were likely to be buried with valuable weapons and other wealth, the Draugr guarded the grave’s treasures. The Draugr were believed to have supernatural strength and to be able to grow to giant size after they had emerged from the grave as wisps of smoke.These creatures killed living beings by crushing them, devouring them or drinking their blood.
Chimera: in Greek mythology, the Chimera is a hybrid creature composed of the parts of several animals. The front of the creature is a lion, the back a snake and the middle is a goat. It is strong, quick-footed, and has three heads. The goats head breathes blazing fire. The tale of the vanquishing of the Chimera is told in Homer’s Iliad, the earliest surviving literary reference of the creature. In medieval bestiaries, the Chimera is described as an embodiment of the deceptive or evil forces of nature. In the 14th century, a version of the creature appears in Dante’s description of Hell in the Inferno.
Sirens: the Sirens lived on islands in the Mediterranean and appeared to be beautiful women who would sing enchanting songs to lure sailors to their death. Some ancient sources depict sirens as having some features of birds, such as having scaly feet or feathers. Legend tells of Odysseus and his curiosity to hear what Sirens sounded like; he therefore ordered his men to stuff their ears with beeswax and to tie him to the mast, so they can keep rowing and he can listen to the Siren’s song.
Longma: In Chinese mythology, the Longma (Dragon Horse) was a winged horse covered with dragon scales. If a Longma was seen, most people believed it was an omen that a great and wise ruler would soon come to power. Many Chinese classic texts refer to the Longma.
Poseidon: one of three gods in Greek mythology who divided the world among themselves. His main domain is the ocean and he is called the “God of the Sea.” Additionally he is called “Earth-Shaker,” due to his role in causing earthquakes and has been called “the tamer of horses.” He is usually depicted as an older male with curly hair and a beard. His weapon is a trident which can shake the earth and shatter any object. He is second only to Zeus in power amongst the gods. He has a difficult personality, and had a series of disputes with the other gods when he tried to take over their cities.
Ganesha: one of the most venerated deities in India, honoured by Jains and some Buddhists as well as Hindus. He is called the “Lord of Beginnings” and the “Remover of Obstacles” and is recognised as the patron of arts and sciences. He has the body of a human man with a big belly, four arms and an elephants head, trunk and a single tusk. In some images, his lower right hand holds his broken tusk, while his lower left hand holds a dish of sweets. His upper hand holds various weapons which signify his ability to overcome obstacles.
Cerberus: In Greek mythology, the three headed dog guards the entrance to the Underworld, allowing only the dead to enter. Originally Cerberus was pictured with 50 or 100 heads but was later pictured with 3 heads and sometimes the tail of a serpent and another swarm of snakes growing out of his back. Only a few managed to sneak past the creature. Orpheus lulled it to sleep by playing his lyre, and Hercules wrestled the monster with his bare hands and brought it to the land of the living.
Peri: a group of fairies that lived in ancient Persia, these tiny, winged creatures were so beautiful that they shimmered with all the colours of the rainbow. Before the arrival of Islam, Peri’s were held responsible for catastrophic natural events. With the advent of Islam, the Peri’s were deemed to be fallen angels who repented of their transgressions too late to be restored to heaven.
Balor of the Evil Eye: Balor was a one-eyed giant, god of death and king of the Fomorians, a monstrous race who ruled Ireland before the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann, the “nicer” gods and goddesses. Balor destroyed whoever he looked upon, and his eyelid had to be levered up by four servants who opened it on the battlefield.
Kraken: the Kraken is a giant sea creature in the legends of Norway and northern Scandinavia. A colossal octopus or squid-like creature, it is said to attack a ship by wrapping its arms around the hull and dragging it under the waves. The crew would drown or be eaten by the monster. Equally dangerous is the powerful whirlpool created when the creature submerges that can suck down any ship that escapes its grasp.
Impundulu: also called the Lightning Bird, this is a creature from African folk tales that is said to appear as a lightning strike. Only women can see the bird in its true form. The bird can be captured in the moment the lightning strikes the ground, and if the bird lays an egg in the underground cavity at the end of the strike, the egg must be destroyed as it can bring bad luck.
Satyr: Satyrs were the rural fertility spirits of ancient Greece. From the waist down they were goats, above they were men. Satyrs had pointed ears and goat horns on their heads. They lived in forests and hills and according to some sources were the children of goats and mountain nymphs. Followers of Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, they had a reputation for drunkenness and lewdness.
Boggart: in English folklore, a Boggart is a household pest which is often described as being squat, hairy and smelly. It can cause objects to disappear, milk to sour and dogs to go lame. Always malevolent, the Boggart will follow its family wherever they move; though hanging a horse shoe above the door is said to provide some protection. The Boggart should never be named, for when given a name, it cannot be reasoned with and will become uncontrollable and destructive.
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The Kelpie is the supernatural shape-shifting water horse that haunts the rivers and streams of Ireland and Scotland. It is probably one of the best known of Celtic water spirits and is often mistakenly thought to haunt lochs. In Scotland’s Loch Ness is said to have a Kelpie, as well as Loch Neagh in Ireland.
The creature could take many forms and had an insatiable appetite for humans; its most common guise was that of a beautiful tame horse standing by the riverside - a tempting ride for a weary traveller. Anybody foolish enough to mount the horse - perhaps a stranger unaware of the local traditions - would find themselves in dire peril, as the horse would rear and charge headlong into the deepest part of the water, submerging with a noise like thunder to the travellers watery grave. The Kelpie was also said to warn of impending storms by wailing and howling, which would carry on through the tempest. This association with thunder - the sound its tail makes as it submerges under water - and storms, may be related to ancient worship of river and weather deities by the ancient Celts.
One of my very favorite Celtic myths! Here are some Kelpie stories, from the 1883 edition of The Folk-Lore Journal: “Kelpie Stories from the North of Scotland,” by Walter Gregor.
KELPIE AS USEFUL
A man in carting home his peats for winter fuel was in the habit of seeing a big black horse grazing on the banks of the Ugie, at Unverugie Castle, near Peterhead, each morning as he passed to the “moss.” He told some of his neighbors. They suspected what the horse was, and advise the man to get a “waith-horse” bride, approach the animal with all care and caution, and cast the bridle over his head. The man now knew the nature of the creature, and followed the advice. Kelpie was securied, and did good work in carrying stones to build the bridge at the Ugie at Inverugie. When his services were no longer needed he was set at liberty.
As he left he said: - “Sehr back en serh benhs Carryt a’ at the Brig o’ Innerugie’s stehns.”
The old man, who handed down this story to his children, from one of whom I have now got it, used to say to any of them that complained of being tired after a hard day’s work: “Oh, aye, ye’re like the kelpie that cairryt the stens to big the brig o’ Innerugie, ‘sehr back an sehr behns.’”
KELPIE AS HURTFUL.
A miller was annoyed by a kelpie entering his mill at night and playing havoc among the grain and meal. One night he shut up in the mill his boar, for a miller generally kept a good many pigs and a breeding sow or two. As usual kelpie entered the mill. The boar stood on his defence, and fought the kelpie. Next night the creatured appeared at the miller’s window, and called to him, “Is there a chattie i’ the mill the nicht?” “Aye, there is a chattie i’ the mill, an will be for ever mair,” was the answer. Kelpie returned no more to the mill.
“A lad and a lass” were taking a journey together. They came to a stream, which they had to cross by a ford. Seeing a white hourse grazing on the bank they thought it would be easier to cross on horseback, if they could but catch the animal, than by wading. They could no difficulty in getting hold of the horse.
They mounted, and entered the ford. Everything seemed to be going well, till they reached the middle of the ford. Then the animal started off at full gallop down the stream. He rushed along with loud haw-hawing, and kept shouting now and again: “Sit sicker, Jenny Milne; ride fest Davie, Till we win t’ the bots of Balrehvie.”
Kelpie is commonly spoken of as a black horse.
There is a deep pool in the Burn of Strichen, near the farm of Braco, Aberdeenshire. It was the home of a kelpie. One evening, a man, on his journey home, had to cross the stream. It was in floud, adn the man was brought to a standstill. He saw a horse grazing on the bank. He conceived the idea of mounting him, and thus crossing the flooded waters.
He went up to the animal, the submitted quite gently, and mounted. No sooner was he seated than off the creature ran, plunging along to the deepest part of the pool, and dragging his victim with him below the water. [Blogger’s note: Many versions of the kelpie myth say that the kelpie’s skin secretes some sort of glue or fastener that makes it impossible for their human victim to tear themselves away from the horse, thus assuring their doom.]
KELPIE IN HUMAN FORM
Kelpie sometimes takes the form of a grey wrinkled old man.
A man was crossing the Burn of Strichen, at the same place, the farm of Braco. On approaching a dyke he had to pass over, he heared, as he thought, some one speaking. He walked quietly towards the spot from which the sound of words came, and peeped over the dyke. He saw an old man mending his trowsers, and, as he was mending, he kept saying, “That clout 'ill dee here; and this ane 'ill dee there.” The man looked, and listened for a litle. At last he inflicted a blow on the old man’s head, saying, “ an this clout 'ill dee there.” In a moment the kelpie was in his true form, and off with loud neighing to his deep pool.
KELPIE SEEKING HUMAN COMPANIONSHIP.
A young woman was on a journey. Night came down, and she lost her way. After wandering a little, she came to a place which seemed likely to give her shelter for the night. She entered and composed herself to such rest as she could draw out of her resting-place. Bye-and-bye a little dog came, and lay down by her side.
Shortly after kelpie made his appearance, and said to her, “Mack bed, bonnie lass, a’ll lie wi’ you the nicht.” She was at a loss what to say or do to thkeep kelpie away. The doggie came to her help, and told her to say she had no blankets wherewith to make a bed. She said, “I hive nithing t’ mack a bed wi’.” Kelpie disappeared, but returned after a little, and threw into the place, where the woman and the dog were, a quantity of bedding, and repeated his former words: “
“He’s Herne, the horned god,” Melanie said. “Sort of like Pan, you know, a nature god. He’s god of animals, too”
The Bean Nighe, the Washer at the Fords, is the Scottish version of the Irish Bean Sidhe (Banshee). She wanders near deserted streams where she washes the blood from the grave-clothes of those who are about to die. It is said that Bean Nighe are the spirits of women who died giving birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have normally ended.
A Bean Nighe is thought to have one nostril, one big protruding tooth, webbed feet and long hanging breasts. A mortal who is bold enough to sneak up to her while she is washing and suck her breast can claim to be her foster-child. The mortal can then gain a wish from her.
The Washer of the Fords is sometimes known under the generic name of ban nighechain (little washerwoman) or nigheag na h-ath (little washer at the ford).
In Irish mythology, the Badb was a war goddess who took the form of a crow, and was thus sometimes known as Badb Catha (“battle crow”). She often caused fear and confusion among soldiers in order to move the tide of battle to her favored side. Badb would also appear prior to a battle to foreshadow the extent of the carnage to come or to predict the death of a notable person. She would sometimes do this through wailing cries, leading to comparisons with the bean-sídhe.
Vodyanoy is said to appear as a naked old man with a frog-like face, greenish beard, and long hair, with his body covered in algae and muck, usually covered in black fish scales. He has webbed paws instead of hands, a fish's tail, eyes that burn like red-hot coals. He usually rides along his river on a half-sunk log, making loud splashes. Consequently, he is often dubbed "grandfather" or "forefather" by the local people. Local drownings are said to be the work of the vodyanoy
When angered, the vodyanoy breaks dams, washes down water mills, and drowns people and animals. (Consequently, fishermen, millers, and also bee-keepers make sacrifices to appease him.) He would drag down people to his underwater dwelling to serve him as slaves. He also seals people's souls in pots.
The Dokkaebi is a mythical being that appears in many old Korean folktales. Although usually frightening, it could also represent a humorous, grotesque-looking sprite or goblin. These creatures love mischief and playing mean tricks on bad people. They also reward good people with wealth and blessings. They are different from Gwisin (Korean: 귀신; Ghost) in that they are not formed by the death of a human being, but rather by the transformation of an inanimate object.
So I was walking in the woods with my friend
We hear a noise coming from the bushes
I take out my camera and take a picture
I don't have the photo but this is where it gets strange
We decide to camp out in his backyard
We hear a noise so we get his ninja sword(ikr)
We head out and find nothing
He takes out his gun and turns on his red dot sight
He scans the area and the dot curves in one spot
We get scared shit less and run
The next day we go back and go into the woods
I was facing him. His eyes grew like 10x bigger. I got fucking scared. He run and see something chase after us.
He hide out in his house. And hear something. The fucking loudest screech I've ever heard comes from the woods
It was like 3 Pm so it wasn't a owl.
We never went back there again.