By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Ash Dekirk
Unusual beasts of all types have crawled, run, swam, and flown via humanitys mind's eye and tourists stories because the sunrise of time. From Gryphons and Unicorns, to Dragons, Mermaids, or even more strange and fantastical animals, A Wizards Bestiary takes you on a paranormal trip during the a while and all over the world, to find elusive creatures of delusion and legend. pay attention - the following be Monsters!
The first part lists over 1,000 exceptional creatures from each land in an encyclopedic, alphabetical thesaurus structure, from Aatxe to Zyphoeus. every one access contains a small representation, in addition to cross-references to different comparable beasts.
Next, the authors current extra in-depth beneficial properties on a few of extra attention-grabbing of those mythical beasts, reminiscent of the ocean Serpent and the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar. historical past, myths, and legends of every creature are offered, with specific emphasis on opting for real-life origins of legendary creatures in genuine dwelling animals, comparable to the hyperlink among the Kraken and the enormous squid. This part is split into those categories:
* Animate Plants
Expanded cryptozoological entries contain the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Mokele-Mbembe, El Chupacabra, Mothman, and different secret monsters said by means of eyewitnesses yet now not but proven through science.
They are grouped into the next categories:
* Primates and Hominids
* Bipedal Monsters
* Carnivorous Mammals
* Herbivorous Mammals
* Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters
* residing Dinosaurs
* secret Monsters
A Wizards Bestiary is profusely illustrated with outdated woodcuts, engravings, and different photos from historic resources, in addition to interpretations by way of glossy artists, together with the authors. No different bestiary has been so well-illustrated! Hand-drawn medieval-style maps by way of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart exhibit purported locales of alternative beasts on all continents and seas.
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The Fachen (or Fachan, Fachin) is a horrible, birdlike monster with a single eye in the middle of its forehead, a mangled arm jutting out from its chest, and a single leg growing at an awkward angle. It is covered in feathers, with a tuft of them like a cock’s comb on its head. Roaming desolate back roads in search of human prey, whom it mutilates before killing, it ruffles up its feathers like a turkey before leaping upon its victim. The Peallaidh (“Shaggy One”) inhabits the upland rivers and forests of Perthshire, Scotland.
Some cryptozoologists have noted the similarity of this description to the Cretaceous ceratopsian, Monoclonius; however, those animals were herbivores. See Coje ya Menia, Kasai Rex, Mokêle-M’Bêmbe, Ngoubou. Empusa (or Empousa, pl. Empusae)—A shapeshifting female monster in Greek folklore, she is human from the waist up, with one leg of an ass and the other of brass. The goddess Hecate sends Empusa to harass lone travelers on dark country roads. Appearing as a Black Dog, a mule, an ox, or even a beautiful woman, she scares to death or eats anyone she encounters.
Patrick’s Purgatory. Cows of Näkki—Bovine water monsters in Estonian folklore, they are driven up from the depths by the monstrous Näkki (a giant Water-Horse similar to the Irish Kelpie). It is said that if one of these could be captured, it would give superior milk. See Tairbh-Uisge, Water-Bull. Creature from the Black Lagoon —A humanoid fish appearing in three Universal movies: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954); Revenge of the Creature (1955); and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). In the first film, a paleontology expedition along the Amazon River discovers the Black Lagoon and its prehistoric inhabitant.