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16 strange creatures that are up to mischief in the world
From TRAVELBOOK | November 25, 2016, 11:39 am
A giant ape man, bloodsucker or dangerous sea monster: In all parts of the world rumors have grown up about strange figures who sometimes do more and less mischief among the frightened locals. On the search for clues.
The hippest mythical creature these days is without a doubt the pocket monster. In short: Pokémon. It shows up on smartphone screens and can even be caught.
This is not true of most of the mythical creatures on earth. They were never hunted down, and there is no solid evidence of their existence - what there is are: rumors, sometimes shaky recordings and superstition. 16 creatures that not only fuel legends in the world, but also attract tourists.
In North America it has allegedly been spotted time and again over the centuries: the Bigfoot. A huge, very hairy animal of human shape with oversized feet. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization believes it is a rare animal, likely a primate. Other scientists see a cultural phenomenon: The Bigfoot is kept alive by sightings of known animals, wishful thinking and fake "evidence". Be that as it may: USA tourists who spot a man-high creature with dark fur should be warned in any case: it is well known that bears can also move upright on their hind legs.
This mystical figure is also said to be an ape-man who emits a bad stench and has feet of considerable size. The Yowie, also known as Yahoo, appears again and again in the folk legends of the Aborigines. The first supposed sighting in Australia was in 1881. Since then, more than 3,200 people have claimed to have seen this creature. He is said to have attacked some, to others he seemed quite peaceful. Nobody photographed him. Only phantom drawings of the huge being exist. Experts generally rate the existence of the Yowie as very unlikely.
The outstanding mythical creature in Northern Europe is the troll: omnipresent, hunchbacked, long-nosed, plump. The troll plays a major role in Norwegian folk tales, but you can also find it at the souvenir stands between Hammerfest and Malmö or in Iceland and Denmark. The troll is a popular namesake, especially in Norway; For example, the Trollheimen hiking region is named for the monster who allegedly steals small children. It's better to keep quiet about that on a family vacation. Instead, you explain everything inexplicable with the troll: Who was it? It was the troll!
People are much less afraid of this black, human-sized figure with huge wings and bright red eyes because of his shape, but rather because of what happens when he leaves. Because the Mothman is considered a prophet of misfortune. It has reportedly been seen hundreds of times since the 1960s, most notably at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where it was reportedly sighted before the Silver Bridge collapsed over the Ohio River. Outside the United States, the Mothman or a creature similar to it is said to have announced catastrophes: in Chernobyl before the nuclear power plant exploded and in China before the Banqiao Dam broke.
Some conspiracy theorists believe the Mothman is an alien, a ghost, or an undiscovered species of animal that has been assigned to the mythical creatures, a so-called cryptid. Skeptics, on the other hand, explain the appearance of the mothman as a great owl or sandhill crane. Whether crane or cryptid, one thing remains a mystery: that a creature can predict catastrophes at all.
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The creature should be two to three meters tall and leave footprints of more than 40 centimeters in the snow. The Yeti is at home in the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas. Reinhold Messner wrote a book about the “snow man” and thus contributed significantly to the creation of legends. The mountaineer - like zoologists - comes to the conclusion that the Yeti could be identical to the so-called Tibetan bear.
Allghoi Khorkhoi (Mongolia)
If one believes the numerous descriptions of the Mongolian nomads, the "Mongolian death worm" has a worm-shaped, over half a meter long, soft body and smooth, bright red skin. The worm is said to live underground in the Gobi desert and is only lured to the surface by the color yellow or by moist soil. That's why he is said to have killed a Mongolian boy who was playing with a yellow toy box in the sand.
In case of danger, the Allghoi Khorkhoi stands up in front of its victims and sprinkles them with deadly poison that shoots out of its skin. The existence of the Allghoi Khorkoi has of course not been proven. However, the worm could be a reptile, such as a snake. For example, the double or ringed sneaks dig tunnel systems and do not move in a meandering manner, but - similar to earthworms - like an accordion.
One of the most famous mythical creatures in the world is Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster is said to be a sea snake up to 20 meters in length. This is suggested by mentions and alleged sightings that date back to the 6th century. Nessie became really famous from 1933 onwards through newspaper reports. A dozen films have since been devoted to the "beast from the depths". Most scientists believe in deliberate false reports or gross misidentifications of other animals. One thing is certain: Loch Ness, the deepest lake in Scotland at 230 meters, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country because of Nessie.
"Canada's Nessie" is said to be up to 14 meters long, dark green to brownish-black skin, a snake-like body and a head like a sheep. Humps and a split tail are also frequently reported. With this tail, the Ogopogo could beat waves and capsize boats. A single breath from him causes a storm.
The Ogopogo was allegedly observed for the first time by Indians in Lake Okanagan in Canada. They called it Naitaka (sea serpent) and initially believed in a demon. When they crossed the lake by canoe, they would throw live chickens to the snake to distract them. From the 1920s, sightings of the Ogopogo became almost commonplace. Like the Indians before, the ferry operators began to get scared and equipped their ferry crew with weapons to be on the safe side. The myth of the ogopogo is even illustrated on a Canadian postage stamp:
Researchers explain the creature as a survivor of an extinct species of whale or a relative of the Cadborosaurus, a sea monster on the North Pacific coast. However, despite some photos and videos, the existence of the ogopogo could not be clarified.
Granted, the mermaid isn't a monster. And there is a clear idea of her: man above, fish below. The Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen made sure of that with his fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”. The corresponding figure stands today in the port of Copenhagen, immortalized in bronze. The mermaid goes back to the legendary figure of Undine, a female water spirit who is only redeemed by a bridegroom.
Near the Amazon in the Brazilian rainforest, the nocturnal Mapinguari, a giant monster, is said to be up to mischief. A whole village has even moved out of fear of the mysterious animal: the monster, which is said to weigh up to 272 kilograms, probably eats not only plants but also animals and people. The creature is also foul-smelling and invulnerable, bullets simply ricocheted off its body. Anyone who dares to venture into the Amazon at night can hardly fail to hear the up to three meter tall monster, because its loud roaring brings everything that has legs up to the trees. Some researchers have theorized that the Mapinguari might be a giant sloth that was previously thought to have been extinct for 10,000 years.
The Navajo Indians on the reservation between the US states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico still fear skinwalkers to this day. According to legend, these are evil people who can turn into any animal such as coyotes, foxes or wolves - or even other people. This is how they spread mischief. If you want to find out more, you are probably unlucky: the Navajo usually does not talk to strangers about “the one who walks on all fours”.
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As cute as it is insidious, this adorable leprechaun is a big hit in Japan. The mixed figure - a monkey with turtle shell on its back and webbed feet - lives according to popular belief in water and pulls others under water. The kappa's greatest weakness is also its most peculiar characteristic: it has a dent in the top of the skull that must always be filled with water. Otherwise the demon will lose its power. What does that mean for superstitious travelers? All you have to do is bow to the kappa, whereupon it bows in a friendly manner like all Japanese - and thus sheds the water in the top of his skull.
Chupacabra (Latin America)
The preferred victims of the Chupacabra include goats, sheep, but also poultry and other animals. All of the animals allegedly killed by the creature have two or three small bite holes, and the carcasses are bloodless. According to eyewitness descriptions, the chupacabra was a reptile-like creature with spikes on its back, blood-red eyes and huge fangs.
Some witnesses reported a horrific smell of sulfur, others of battery acid and urine. However, descriptions of the monster have changed over the years: from reptile-like creatures to hairless, dog-like creatures with long vampire teeth. Analyzes of dead "chupacabras" showed that they were the remains of coyotes, even if these hairless carcasses did not look like it: The animals no longer had fur because the skin of the wild dogs had been eaten by mange mites.
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Drop Bear (Australia)
This marsupial is said to live on Australian trees and drop from above onto the head of its victims. Hence the name: Drop Bear. The creature looks similar to the koala and can be deterred in many ways, for example with toothpaste behind the ears.
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Vampire (Southeast Europe)
He is the movie star among the mythical creatures. Its myth stems from the superstition that drinking blood gives new life. The vampire is therefore a resuscitated human corpse in search of food. His most famous representative: Dracula.
A vampire sleeps in a coffin, has sharp canine teeth to tap into his victim's carotid artery, and he is immortal - unless you hit him through the heart with a wooden stake or behead him. Frightened travelers in Transylvania, Bulgaria or Albania are also well equipped with holy water, garlic and a crucifix.
Interested in monsters and their stories? Then explore the TRAVELBOOK monster map. Click here for the world map of monster myths
Anyone who is on vacation in the Free State has a good chance of seeing a real Wolpertinger when stopping at the inn - thanks to taxidermists. There used to be many gullible tourists who wanted to call one of the legendary Bavarian mythical creatures their own. Every Wolpertinger seems unique, different animal species give it a face. He often has a horned rabbit head and wings instead of forelegs. There are no limits to the imagination, as the legend shows: only young, pretty women can see a real Wolpertinger under a full moon if they are accompanied into the forest by the image of a man. Bayern must have thought of something.
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