Mythological Creature Picture
Almost every culture in history has stories about certain creatures that functioned in the shadows of every day life. Some of these creatures were truly mythological in the sense that they had no existence beyond story telling. the Minotaur of the labrynth on the island of Crete was one such true myth. The Minotaur is reported to have had the head of a bull and the body of a human. This mythical creature supposedly devoured persons who were lost in the labrynth.
The next group that had a mythological creature picture was (and is) the so called little people. These groups made up of elves, leprachauns, fairies and other such like creatures functioned in the societies of Europe.
In the modern era we have the mythological creature picture known as Big Foot and 'Nessie', the Loch Ness Monster. Many scientists believe that these two creatures belong to the category of cryptozoology. This means that though they are of a mythical nature, there is enough evidence of their existence to warrant further study.
It is not our intention here to either affirm or deny the actual existence of any mythological creature picture that we describe here. We will leave it up to our readers to make that call.
There are many legends about upright walking manlike beasts. We here in the United States have the famous Big Foot creature of the Pacific Northwest. But, when you start doing research on the sightings of such creatures, you find the recorded history of sightings in almost every continent in the world. Here are several examples of Big Foot Type Creatures.
Loch Ness, or Lake Ness if your not from Scotland, is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Great Britain. It lies on a fault line known as the Great Glen. The fault has been active for over 400 million years. The area is still subject to small earthquakes numbering three or four per century. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. the sides of the lake are very steep and descend to 500 feet depth only 60 feet or so from the bank. The greatest depth recorded is 740 feet. It is in these hidden depths that the creature we know as Nessie supposedly lurks. Come with us for fun stuff as we examine this and other lake creatures found thorughout the world. Please go to Mythological Nessie
We are all familiar with the mythological creature picture of the dwarves available from reading the books and seeing the Lord Of The Rings movies. In reality dwarves may have a historical background. During the bronze age tin miners from southern and south western Europe migrated north in search of tin deposits which they needed to make bronze. Being from the south they were of shorter stature and of darker complexion than the northern folk. they also had long hair and dark beards. Their knowledge of metallurgy probably seemed somewhat magical to these northern people who were still grounded in the older neolithic age. Their superior weaponry and armour may also have been seen as being enchanted fun stuff. This would help explain why stories of dwarves being industrious workers are more common in the north of Europe. This explanation is not totally accepted by historians. However, it is well understood that people react to foreign intruders in differing ways.
What this means to us is that the mythological creature picture involving dwarves may have some historical background in the history of northern Europe.
The belief in leprechauns probably stems from celtic belief in fairies. the leprechaun, so the tale goes, was a small creature who worked for the fairies mending their shoes. Leprechauns were supposedly grumpy creatures who were rather small little men in irish folklore. the image we see today of the cheery little green man has nothing at all to do with the leprechaun fable, and is a product of american advertising people. For this reason there is no mythological creature picture of a leprechaun. Supposedly, if you can catch one of these little creatures, he will tell you where to find his stash of gold. In the ancient stories, the leprechaun was no more than six inches tall.
This site is a fine extension of the leprechaun story. There is also the link to the famous leprechaun cam where you can watch for a mythological creature picture. Leprechaun
The elf is a mytholigical creature picture of scandanavic folklore. They were often pictured as youthful male and female creatures of great beauty resembling human form. They were supposed to live in the woods and other natural places. They were also portrayed as creatures who lived long lives, or were perhaps immortal. they had magical powers attributed to them.
After the works of J.R.R. Tolkein, they-in the mind of the english speaking peoples-began to take on the traits he had written into his famous trilogy. The elves of the Ring trilogy were more like humans, but fairer and wiser. they also had spiritual powers and were great warriors. Since that time, the elf has grown as a symbol of great magic and battle ability with a bow. This is due to the great interest in a game called Dungeons and Dragons. This game is loosely designed around the themes in Tolkein's works. The modern elf is pictured as being fair and slender with pointed ears. They are pictured as true defenders of all that is good.
In the united States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, The figure of Santa Claus during the Christmas season ia aided by creatures called elves. They help him construct the toys that are to be delivered to children on Christmas morning. They seem to resemble diminutive dwarf like creatures.
Fairies, according to Scot and Celtic historical belief, are creatures somewhat like tiny counterparts of human beings. They are ordinarily invisible, noiseless and live in fields and hills under mounds of earth or rock. they like to visit the areas where humans gather and sometimes give humans assistance. They are reportedly winged individuals. Usually, nothing good is said to come of their contact with humans. In fact contact with them may be destructive.
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