A fantastic zoology repository with information and images of beasts, monsters, deities and any
other being that humans have imagined or dreamed all around the world
There are many variations and recorded facts on each and every creature - and yes, some are in fact much more popular than others and information is more easily found. From lumbering giants and fearsome trolls to impish satyrs and magical elves, mythical creatures have captured imaginations since the dawn of time. Cultures worldwide have passed down tales through the generations and created untold volumes of lore.
Even today, legendary beasts and beings continue to captivate us as stories of old receive contemporary updates in books, movies and on television. In the case of Amazon Prime Video’s fantasy noir series Carnival Row, for example, viewers are introduced to a world in which fabled beings like faeries and fauns live as “immigrants” amongst humans in a war-torn land. In the show, these creatures are feared – and humans restrict their freedoms because of it.
The mythical creatures found in folklore do a lot of different jobs, says Simon Young, a British historian of folklore and co-editor/co-author of the book Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present. “[They] uphold morality, enforce taboos, connect to divinity, warn against dangers and, most importantly, entertain,” Young says. “If I had to sum it up, though, I’d say they teach us modesty. There are things that are bigger than us that we glimpse and things that we cannot even conceive: things that are, in any case, beyond our control. They are the unknown. The darkness under the stairs or off the path in the forest or in our neighbor’s heart.”