my th­i­cal mon­sters

From the ob­scure to the well-known, we present 10 of the best

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Bakhtak

If you’ve had sleep paral­y­sis you can blame the Per­sian ghost Bakhtak. Here’s John Henry Fuseli’s take.

Were­wolves

Thought up in me­dieval Europe due to wolf-rid­dled woods, the were­wolf re­mains a clas­sic monster to­day.

Mimi

The Aus­tralian mimi is fairy-like, tall and thin, and taught Abo­rig­i­nals how to hunt. They can be naughty.

Big foot

Known as the yeti in the Hi­malayas, this hairy fel­low may be based on a re­ally old de­scen­dent of man. Or not.

Chimera

First ref­er­enced in Homer’s Iliad: “Not hu­man, lion-fronted and snake be­hind, a goat in the mid­dle.”

Uni­corn

It’s one of the few crea­tures that’s purely good. First men­tioned in the In­dus Val­ley Civ­i­liza­tion 3000 BC!

Loch Ness Monster

No mat­ter how much sci­ence dis­agrees, some people still be­lieve in this Scot­tish lake cryp­tid.

Le­viat han

Men­tioned in the Old Tes­ta­ment, it’s been de­scribed dif­fer­ently through­out time, but al­ways as very, very big.

Dragon

Western drag­ons are as­so­ci­ated with evil, but in China since 1500 BC they’ve been con­sid­ered ace!

Leshy

A wood spirit from Slavic leg­end, this chap pro­tects an­i­mals and forests, but also likes to tickle people to death.

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