Encyclopedia > Mythical beast

  Article Content

Mythical beast

A mythical beast is an imaginary creature. Some such as the dragon, the griffin or the unicorn have their origin in traditional myth and have at one time been believed to be real creatures. Others were based on real creatures, originating in garbled accounts of travellers' tales; such as the "Vegetable Lamb of Tartary[?]", which supposedly grew tethered to the earth (and was actually the cotton bush). Examples of the semi-mythical creatures can be found in medieval bestiaries.

Others, in more recent times have made their appearance in fantasy fiction. The traditional beasts have been more fully imagined in fiction such as the dragons in Ursula le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy.

Conversely, some creatures once believed to be mythological have been found in recent times, such as the giant squid. As such, the boundries between what is recognised in human culture as being a mythological and existant creature have been subject to the limitations of human perception.

Jorge Luis Borges wrote and edited the Book of Imaginary Beings[?] in 1969, expanding his original 1957 Spanish edition El Libro de los Seres Imaginarios. This book contains descriptions of 120 mythical beasts from folklore and literature.

Mythical Beasts

See also:

External links

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

... - 4th century Decades: 190s 200s 210s 220s 230s - 240s - 250s 260s 270s 280s 290s Years: 237 238 239 240 241 - 242 - 243 244 245 246 247 Events Patriarch ...

This page was created in 33.5 ms