originating from China, known as an 'eater of dreams' in Japan that has the body of a tapir, feet of a tiger and the trunk and tusks of an elephant.
in Japanese folklore when awakening from a nightmare one should call three times saying, 'Baku, eat my dreams,' to devour the evil influences.
from European and Middle Eastern folklore, a venemous snake with several deadly qualities including bringing death by touch, eye contact, and breath.
one tale told was of a horseman who killed a Basilisk with his lance but its poison was so strong that it traveled back up the lance and killed both the man and the horse.
from American folklore, a rabbit with deer antlers who can imitate the human voice.
during the 16th and 18th centuries, some European naturalists believed in the existence of horned rabbits and pictured them in books of curiosities.
its name means 'goat sucker.' It is from the Americas and it has fangs and usually large red eyes.
first reported in Puerto Rico in 1990 the creature attacks animals by drinking their blood through circular incisions, and is sometimes claimed to be an unknown or alien species.
from Celtic mythology, a female messenger spirit and omen of death. It wails a piercing cry that can shatter glass.
According to Irish folk beliefs when a member of one of Ireland's noble families is about to die, a banshee appears to announce the death.
The famous Giant lumberjack from American folklore. He has a blue ox named babe who is similarly large.
it was said that he created the Grand Canyon in Arizona by dragging his axe behind him and that he built Oregon's Mount Hood by pulling rocks on top of a campfire to put it out.
a sacred bird in many Native American cultures, it pulls clouds together with each beat of its enormous wings causing storms.
Cultures of the Pacific Northwest tell the story of Thunderbird and Whale, where Whale is killing other whales and so Thunderbird swoops down and after a fierce battle picks up whale and the sound made by Whale dropping to the sea from a tremendous height is said to be the source of thunder.
a water sprite from Japanese folklore, It has green scaly skin, webbed fingers and toes, and has a fluid filled depression in it skull.
According to legend, Kappas can be weakened or killed when the liquid at the top of their head is spilled.
In Jewish folklore, a human shaped creature fabricated from clay and animated by having a magical or religious word written on its forehead.
One story was of a Golem created by a Rabbi to protect the residents of a Jewish ghetto from harm, but the Golem turned violent and began killing non-Jews before turning on its creator.
Originating in legends from Norway and northern Scandinavia, a colossal sea monster the size of a small island that can pull vessels under the waves and cause powerful whirlpools.
In 1857, the Kraken moved from myth to reality with proof of the existence of the giant squid.