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Mythological creatures have always fascinated us, be it in the form of folklore, legends, or occurring as characters in popular novels. The sheer number of creatures that are rumored to be in existence is simply too many to count. Although a major portion of them have been discounted as simply myths. More than the actual existence of them what is important is the symbolism that some of these creatures represent. Here we look at 7 such mythological creatures and rate them based on their ‘Fear Factor’ on a scale of 1 to 5
A manticore/mantichore is a creature that bears the face of a human and the body of a lion. It has a venomous tail like that of a scorpion. Some manticores are known to have the gift of flight and have gigantic wings. This beast derives its name from the Persian word ‘martichoras’ which simply translates to man-eater. Hence, it’s a given that it is very fond of human flesh.
Abilities: Shoots venomous spines and has unsurpassable speed.
Fear Factor: 5/5
Renowned in folklore, a mermaid (masculine- merman), whose home is the sea, has the upper half of a human and the lower half of a fish. A mermaid is also known by other names such as ‘Siren’ and ‘Merrow’ in European folklore. The creature is usually harmless and is often written in stories having romantic engagements with human beings. But when in water, they can wreak havoc.
Abilities: Can cause storms and shipwreck, Fortune telling, can provide the power of breathing underwater to human beings.
Fear Factor: 2/5
Originating in Greek mythology, it is also known by the name ‘Hippocentaur’. This mythological creature has the head and torso of a human and the lower body of a horse, dwelling in the forests of Thessaly. They have an unpolished reputation for being violent towards women but fight for good against evil. They served the Greek God of wine, Dionysus and their only weakness was alcohol.
Abilities: speech and intelligence, strength and can use their hooves as a weapon.
Fear Factor: 2/ 5
A divine creature, a horse associated with the color white is known for being goodhearted, kind, and helpful. Mythology states that the pegasus was born of Medusa’s blood as she was being killed by Perseus. Bearing enormous wings, Pegasus made the journey to heaven. He lived in Mount Olympus until his last day when Zeus granted him immortality by turning him into a constellation.
Abilities: can fly, travel from mortal to immortal reign.
Fear Factor: 0/5
A monster that has the body of a lion, the head of a goat rising from its shoulders, and a tail that ends with the face of a serpent. Much like a dragon, it breathes fire. This hybrid beast is a very deadly creature bearing the powers of three different animals.
Abilities: fire that can melt weaponry, serpent’s venom, and strength.
Fear Factor: 4/5
In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a divine bird-like creature that dies and takes birth again, from its ashes. It is symbolic of the victory over death and represents a lot of virtues. We can call a phoenix invincible in its form.
Abilities: can set fire to anything with a single touch, can fly.
Fear Factor: 1/5
A serpentine water monster, much like a dragon is known for having 3 heads (or nine). If anyone attempts to cut off a head, another would grow back in its place. Most well-known for its fight with Heracles.
Abilities: poisonous breath, regenerative heads, and is venomous.
Fear Factor: 5/5