Hello, I am Carlos Almonacid and I am a volunteer at the libraries for the Summer Reading Challenge.
I think due to the mythical monster theme this year, we should talk about various monsters, some well-known, some obscure.
The Nagas are half-snake, half human shapeshifters who were the enemies with the Garuda bird (one of the stars of mythical monsters). Although these beings generally kept to themselves, legend has it that the Naga princes and princesses often married human royalty, and many noble families from India have claimed that they are descended from Nagas. These myths may be based on a real group of people called the Nagas, who live on the border between India and Bangladesh.
The Naga have a number of forms that they can shapeshift into, apparently at will. These forms include:
A normal snake (commonly a cobra or a water python)
A normal man or woman
A ‘medusa’ form, a human with many snakes emerging from the head and/or shoulders
The ‘snake mermaid’ form, similar to a mermaid apart from the lower half being a snake, not a fish
A snake too gigantic to be natural (sometimes so big it can swallow elephants)
A snake with many heads (commonly gigantic as well)
A dragon (this is rare in India, but more common in Thailand and Malaysia)
The Bonnacon is a bull-like monster with horns that curl in towards each other. Because these horns are useless for defence, the Bonnacon shoots its dung which travels a great distance (as much as two acres), and burns anything it touches (it was said to be similar to fire) instead.
3. The Yeti
The yeti is a bipedal ape-like creature that lives in the Himaylas. There are actually 3 types of yeti: the dzu-teh is the biggest, a hulking giant who sometimes walks on all fours and seems half bear, half ape, meh-teh for the “classic” yeti that stands about six feet tall and has a pointed top of the head, and teh-lma for the three-foot-tall frog-eating yeti that makes its home in steamy jungle valleys between mountains
The Kasa-obake or Karakasa are a type of Tsukumogami (object ghosts) who are themselves a sub type of Yokai (Japanese Fairies). They are most often umbrellas with a single eye and jump around with one leg, but sometimes they have two arms or two eyes, and they also occasionally depicted to have a long tongue. Rarely, they have two feet as well. They can be benevolent or harmful.
1. The Dragon
The ultimate and most popular monster. There are two common types of dragon: eastern and western. The Western dragon is derived from European folk traditions and related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies while the eastern dragon, originates in China, with variants in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries
The western dragon is scaly and reptilian, and roughly the size of house. They are evil and breath fire, and fly with a pair of bat like wings. They traditionally hoard treasure and kidnap damsels (commonly princesses)
The eastern dragon, in contrast, is a much friendlier creature. It is long, scaly and has a leonine mane. They can fly, even though they usually lack wings, but when they do have wings, they are more birdlike than bat-like. They breathe “sheng chi”, the essence of life (Sometimes thought of as rain).
Do that’s my top 5 mythical creatures. I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to my next post. That’s all for now!
Carlos, Young Volunteer, Hollingbury Library