We’ve loved sharing these mythological creatures and the outline of their legends/stories. We hope you’ve been just as inspired as us to create your own legend – inspired by these creatures or recreating their legend in your own retelling. In a way, we’ve traveled around the world and have explored so many countries and their legends.
If you have any other creatures we missed and you want to share, comment down below and let us know what your favorite myth is!
Rainbow Serpent | Australia
Rainbow snake that represents the cycle of the seasons.
- A creator god who is a common motif in Aboriginal Australia, one of the groups of indigenous peoples of Australia.
- The representation of the rainbow and the serpents are that of human life and need for water.
- Although the god is angelic in a way, they can easily turn into a destructive force.
- Most legends describe the serpent as being male but others have labeled it as female or androgynous and bisexual. It has a link to fertility and its association to gender and sexuality show that!
- This godly snake is worshiped through rituals, usually in relation to female menstruation.
Wondjina | Australia
Cloud and rain spirits that deliver monsoons.
- These spirits created the landscape and humans living on it. Talk about a God.
- They painted their image on cave walls and entered a waterhole once they’ve found a place to die.
- While the appearance of the Wondjina spirits vary, due to how they’ve painted themselves, they are more commonly known to have large upper bodies and heads. They have eyes and a nose…but no mouth.
- A missing mouth is sometimes attributed to the fact of how powerful they may be. If they spoke, rain would never stop!
- Their control of the weather only occurs when someone breaks the law. They’ll bring floods, lightning, and cyclone.
Taniwha | New Zealand
Beings that reside among dangerous currents, may be guardians or predators.
- They live in deep pools, hiding out in rivers, dark caves or, the deepest of all pools…the sea! They like being in dangerous currents or giant waves!
- Good? Bad? Both? They’re considered kaitiaki, or protective guardians, of people and places in some legends. However, if told through other legends, they’re depicted as monsters who steal/kidnap women to marry.
- Taniwha loosely translates to shark species of the Proto-Oceanic word, “tanifa.”
- So, shark species means it probably looks like a fish of some sort, right? Right! Depending on the body of water. It’s beensaid there are some taniwha that appear to be alligators. There are a few legends which describe the taniwha as a log.
- If someone comes across a taniwha, they might turn into one after they pass.
Jersey Devil | New Jersey, USA
Hooved creature with bat-like wings and a blood-chilling scream.
- It lives in the Pine Barrens in South New Jersey but is also considered a mythological creature talked about in Philadelphia.
- It’s always described to be a flying biped with hooves. The combination vary: kangaroos, wyverns, goats, and horses are some of them.
- The Jersey Devil started as The Leeds Devil, also the Devil of Leeds. These names originated in the 1700s about a family (the Leeds) and a crazy story surrounding Mother Leeds. Mother Leeds had 12 children and fell pregnant with a 13th child. She wasn’t exactly the happiest expecting mother. She decided to curse the 13th child, saying it would be born as the ‘Devil.’ Supposedly, the Jersey Devil is the 13th child.
- Although the Jersey Devil was born in the 1700s, publications and sightings didn’t begin until the 1800s. As time went on, the name changed into the Jersey Devil. But the story still remains.
- None of the stories say its attacked humans or has any reason to…but it will rampage through towns and cities, if it wants to.
Ogopogo | British Columbia
Lake-dwelling serpentine monster.
- Sightings started in the 19th century but have been discredited to being a legendary water spirit, living in Lake Okanagan.
- Other than having the body of a snake, the head has been described to be that of a snake, horse, or even a goat. Sometimes it has long ears or horns with blue or brown scales.
- It eats flesh. That means humans…turn into prey. Hunters become the hunted. Native Americans never traveled across the lake without sacrificial meals on board. Now, its believed the monster dwells in one of the corners of the lake.
- It’s very similar to the Loch Ness monster of Scotland.
- The ogopogo is sometimes thought to be an extinct whale or marine reptile.
This is one of the last two areas of the world we are traveling too. So, let’s venture into the deep woods of the Americas to start the beginning of the final countdown!
Wendigo | Algonquian Tribes
Cannibalistic beastly humanoid, possibly once human.
- This creature is aligned with murder, insatiable, and cultural taboos against “normal” behavior. They’re also associated with the winter, the north, coldness, famine, and starvation.
- The Wendigo is bigger than a human, and whenever it feeds on human flesh, it grows! It never gains weight and will always appear thin. They’re always hungry so watch out!!
- There’s also an explanation as to why they may have been human once before turning into the Wendigo. When they were human, they may have been incredibly greedy. Or if the human was in contact with Wendigos for too long, they would become one.
- Powers include: mimicking human voices, possession, controlling weather, manipulation of darkness (sunset), control of forest creatures, healing, and incredible strength and speed.
- Believe it or not, there is a psychological disorder called the Wendigo Psychosis. People diagnosed crave human flesh even though they have access to normal food sources.
Bahamut | Middle East
Colossal fish that is one of seven layers supporting the Earth.
- Bahamut is sometimes considered a nickname. Balhut is the earliest name for the fish. Bahamut came along and is actually translated from the word, “behemoth.” (And other references but crazy!)
- You can’t see Bahamut but he keeps us out of the black abyss, while swimming around in the underworld.
- The general consensus on what Bahamut looks like revolves around a huge animal. Some stories give him different appearances but the more notable figure is the water-dwelling animal.
- Can a fish even have powers? With his size, you think that would be it. Lo and behold, in other mythological tales, Bahamut has the ability to drive someone mad if seen (which is most unlikely, but whatever.) Another version of Bahamut can control all wild predators on Earth with a simple roar, during the summer solstice. This power keeps the animals tamed until the next year.
- Weakness isn’t a word Bahamut knows…but obedience is. If he doesn’t obey his Creator…he could get killed!
Gamayun | Russia
Prophetic bird with the head of a woman.
- Perched on top of a pedestal of wisdom and knowledge, the gamayun speaks only of divine messages and prophecies.
- She lives on an island; this particular island is considered to be paradise.
- It might not seem like a paradise to us, though. She lives on this island alone. It might be due to wanting to separate herself away from humankind and other animals since she knows the demise of it all and wants to watch it all unfold.
- Alongside another mythological creature, the Gamayun played a huge role in integrating Christianity into society.
- A singer of hymns and all-knowing creature…the Gamayun still has her influence on Russia. She can even be found on the coat of arms for some towns!