Top 10 Mythical Creatures


It’s mythology central here at Smashinglists today. We shall discuss the Greek and Norse Gods later but this particular lists talks about ten of the most favorite mythical creatures to have been discussed over the period of times. While compiling these particular lists, it hit me that there are many computer games that take a lot of their material from mythology and that interested me even more. I am sure you have heard about and seen the following creatures and I certainly do hope you enjoy the read!

 

10. SIREN

Siren - Top Ten Mythical Creatures
These are creatures of Greek Mythology and they are dangerous and very devious. They are considered femmes fatales and they are said to lure in sailors by their beautiful voice and music. They are considered the daughters of the river God Achelous. Mermaids, Merman and Undine are considered as similar species. It is reported that there ever were only two to five sirens. You should also know that a girl that is the ultimate seductress is known as Siren. Of course they don’t exist. I wonder where these myths arise from.

 

9. MINOTAUR

Minotaur - Top Ten Mythical Creatures
Minotaurs are creatures of Greek Mythology. They are considered to have a head of a bull and the body of a man. They are described as part man part bull. The term Minotaur is derived from Ancient Greek. In Crete they were known as Asterion. Minotuar was originally used to refer to this mythical creature but over the time that has changed. Now, anything that resembles a bull is referred to as a bull. If you remember the game ‘Age of Empires’, you will be familiar with most of these creatures. Minotaur is a product of Cretan Bull and Pasiphae.

 

8. MEDUSA

Medusa - Top Ten Mythical Creatures
Medusa belongs to the Greek Mythology with Phorcys and Ceto has her parents. The Hesperides, Stheno, Euryale, The Graea, Thoosa, Scylla (discussed below) and Ladon are her sibloings. Pegasus and Chrysaor are her children. She is a chthonic monster and it is said that gazing upon her would turn you into stone. She was beheaded by Perseus who later used her head as a weapon. The scariest thing about her is that instead of hair on her head, she has several snakes. You can see the symbol of Medusa in many ancient drawings and paintings as well.

 

7. LEVIATHAN

Leviathan - Top Ten Mythical Creatures
This creature has been mentioned in the Bible. It is a sea monster. If you are familiar with Demonology, you would know that the Leviathan is one of the seven princes of Hell and the gatekeeper. This particular word is used for any large sea monster. Sometimes, even great whales are referred to as Leviathans. In Modern Hebrew, the word actually means whale. ‘Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?’; this is one of the mentions of the creatures in Hebrew Bible.

 

6. KRAKEN

Kraken - Top Ten Mythical Creatures
These guys are said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. These are terribly huge sea monsters. It is featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean (one of my favorites films). It is needless to say that these creatures do not actually exist, but their legends are told to this day for some reason. They are referenced in many cultures, literature, television programs and even books. They belong to the Norse Mythology. It is said that they suck off your face and destroy ships. Of course, that too can be seen in the POTC movie.

 

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