Mythical creatures are almost always literary creatures that generated popularity out of literary circulation and story-telling. They are legendary creatures that at one point were believed to be real beings, while some have their origin traced from literary myths.
Mythical creatures can be divided into two groups; the first group consists of creatures that everyone agrees to have existed or still exist today and the other group is composed of creatures in which not everybody agrees as to whether they have existed or not.
While the first group is asserted only on literary works and word of mouth, its impact becomes stronger over time. The tale becomes a legend, the legend becomes a history.
The other group is considered to consist of more elusive magical, mythical creatures that, even today, make people wonder if they are real or not. These creatures are more aggressively shown and described on articles, photographs, journals and movies.
Greek Mythical Creatures
Some mythical creatures that came out of the pages of the book and became popular literary legends are the ancient Greek mythical creatures. Some examples of these are Centaurs, Minotaur, Nymphs and Pegasus.
A more special creature called the Hydra makes Greek mythical legends more fascinating if not awe-inspiring.
Literary stories enveloped with powerful and legendary creatures like these create a more enduring impression and provides constant appeal to its readers and audience.
Unicorns, dragons and other creatures like griffin are magical and mythical creatures as well. Dragons are legendary beasts that for centuries still amuse people of its uncanny ability to fight evil with its fire-breathing powers and its astonishing strength. Legends give birth to these immortal creatures that will live on for centuries to come and more.
People became fond of Nymphs, of the legendary Pegasus, of imaginary monsters, of mythical gods and creatures because these entities provide bewilderment and it somehow imparts exuberance to an ordinary life that’s full of imagination.
Mythical Creatures in Other Countries
Each country has its own folklore made up of mythical and magical creatures, monsters and legendary heroes. Throughout the years, the pages of a country’s history have been rich with mythical characters, with fancy creatures that became more and more alive as the centuries and decades go by. Supernatural characters are always present and mythical places are visualized.
The specific existence may still leave the readers wanting to know more about these creatures. But the mere fact that Big foot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman are getting world wide attention and are still being talked about is because they all share the common trait – they are elusive and mysterious.
Mythical and magical creatures will always haunt our vivid imaginations and will continue to dwell inside the corners of our minds.