Mythical creatures or mythological creatures are hybrid creatures (part human and part animal) whose existence can not be proved. They have originated from our folklores. Unicorns, vampires, phoenix and mermaids are some of the most popular mythical creatures I am sure you must have heard of. There are more than 3000 mythical creatures that have been recorded till date. The below is the list of few of the most powerful mythical monsters based on their intensifying horror, fear factor, strength, intellect, danger, historic beliefs and figurative role.
#1 The Strigoi
Romania is well-known for its vampires, especially the Dracula and the Strigoi. The Strigoi is one of most terrifying mythical creatures that have troubled souls and rises from the grave. The invisible demon can also transform into the shape of any animal and also possesses some magical powers. They are known to drain the blood of its prey. The Strigoi is so frightening that the people dig the graves to remove the heart of the corpse to get rid of the superstitious menace. Even today people follow the rituals of either burning the corpse or heavily nailing the coffin as well as nailing the corpse in its chest and forehead region. Otherwise, corpse in the coffin is laid with its face and body facing downwards. In Romania, burning corpse is illicit and people are imprisoned for at least 6 months.
#2 The Qalupalik
The Qalupalik is one of the most powerful mythical creatures with evil powers and an origin of the Inuit religion of Canada. This terrible creature is a mermaid and it possesses the human-like qualities. It is distinguished from its green skin and long hair and fingernails. The Qalupalik kidnaps the young children playing near the shore. It uses its humming voice to lure them and gets them to the edge of the water. There is also a belief that she feeds on the young, to preserve her energy and beauty.
The mythical creature was filmed with the same name and these are depicted in the novels, children stories books, artworks. The TV Series Helix Survivor Zero also adapted this mythical creature in one of its episodes.
#3 The Enenras
This Japanese Folklore is a formless creature of smoke and shadow representing the sheer darkness. It is one of the mythical monsters. It resides at the place where fire exists and it is often known to take the form of human. There are 2 types of Enenras –the Divine Enenra and the Demon Enenra. The Divine Enenras are pure forms of Enenra, The Demon type are the dead people, who turn into Enenras. They are created from the souls of assassinated mortals and these have an ability to return to their physical forms. They can either merge with people or they return to their original state of being-The smoke.
The behavior of Enenra is essentially just a representation of smoke. It floats about as it climbs into the air reaching up to the skies, curling along the wind flows, and appearing brittle as well as an elusive silk dancing. As the smoke rises, human-like faces appear and disappear in its form.
The forms of Enenras as mythical creatures are depicted in video games and anime series such as Mortal Kombat, Yokai watch, Shaman King, The forbidden scroller, Mushishi, Demon.
#4 The Qilin
This famous Chinese and East Asian Mythology and one of the powerful mythical creatures is a horse-like creature with partially scaled, with dragon-like qualities having extensive curls, a number of antlers like deer resembling a Unicorn with a tail of an ox. The Qilin is the ideal dragon-horse illustrious ruler to carry out the battle. On a positive side, Ancient China considered it as one of the four sacred intelligent animals, along with the tortoise, the dragon, and the Phoenix. It is usually depicted to be surrounded by flames, which it uses to protect those who have pure hearts. The strongest mythological animal, the Qilin, announces the birth or death of leaders and philosophers, and so it has been an important role in society since ages.
Many ancient East Asian dynasty revered Qilin and hence it is not the evil creature. The Buddhist mythology depicted Qilin with the powers to walk on water, clouds and walk over flowers without damaging any of them. They don’t eat flesh. They emerge fierce only if a benevolent person becomes malicious. In Taoism mythology, though it looked fearful, Qilin only punished the wicked and unjust. In Jin dynasty, Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty of China, Qilin were considered as a good omen and a symbol of prosperity, longevity, and fertility.
Qilin is referred by different names in different Asian countries such as Kirin in Japan, Girin in Korea, Kylan in Vietnam, Thailand as Gilen.It is often depicted in novels, anime series, artworks, video games such as The great yokai war, The 12 kingdoms, Dungeons and Dragons, Final Fantasy, Naruto.
#5 The Dybbuk
The Jews call the demon as the dybbuk. This is one of the mythical creatures which is just a soul of a dead person that searches for a physical form. It latches onto the souls of good and truthful people to cause all the possible mayhem. It is a broken soul desperate to support itself and it does something irrevocable that is unknown to itself. These spirits leave the host body once their goals are accomplished.
There are various depictions of Dybbuk in the forms of movies, TV Shows and novels such as the depictions in the Hollywood movie named The Possession(2012), Ezra(2017), the 1937 movie named The Dybukk, the 2009 movie named The Unborn, the 1997 movie Waiting for Guffman, the TV show Paranormal Witness, the 1967 novel The Dance of Genghis Cohn, 1993 novel The Dyke and the Dybbuk, 2011 novel The Inquisitor’s Apprentice, and comic series Girl Genius.
#6 The Hydra
This is one of most scary mythical creatures. It is the serpentine sea monster originating from the Greek mythology. It has nine heads with an immortal center gigantic head. The beast takes you through the tortures and hell of all kinds. This beast is one of the mythical monsters that is believed to be the guardian of the underworld. It slaughters the prey using its knife-sharp teeth and poisonous breath. It has multiple heads.If one of its head is cut off, and then this monster has a power to regenerate two heads in the place of cut off. Heracles killed Hydra using the arrows of its own poisonous blood.
The Greek historic interpretation of Hydra’s characteristic features reveals the life called hydra in the damp marshes of Lerna; its numerous heads; its venomous vapors rising from the still waters; its demise by Heracles; the beginning of the culture and purification of the territory.
#7 The Pontianak
This is one of the scary mythical creatures originating from the Indonesian mythology. Also known as Kuntilanak, Chudail in the regions of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. These are the spirits of the dead pregnant women or the women who died while giving birth to a child. The Pontianak are beautiful pale skinned women with long hair, white blooded dress and red eyes. They usually prey on the men and the helpless people. Their presence is warned when out of blue, you hear a baby crying in high pitch; the closer they get to you the baby crying becomes feeble and softer spreading a pleasing floral aroma in the air then followed by a sudden foul decayed body smell. They kill their victims by hollowing out the human body with their sharp fingernails. They feed on their organs. There is a superstition among the Indonesian people as to not to let the clothes dry overnight because the Malay people believe that the Pontianak sniffs the clothes and makes a person its prey using their smell emanating out of their clothes.
There are many Indonesian and Malaysian Films of the same name. The Americans depicted the Pontianak in the supernatural fiction – The Cold Fire. The Indonesian Video game named Dread out also depicts this monster.
#8 The Ammit
Ammit was a demon goddess in ancient Egyptian religion. She had a body of lion, hippopotamus, and crocodile which depicted the “man-eating” animals. On the other hand, Ma’at was its counterpart, the goddess of truth. Ammit lived near the scales of justice in the Egyptian underworld or sometimes believed to stand by a lake of fire. In the Hall of Two Truths, Anubis weighed the heart of a person in the scale of justice against the feather of Ma’at, which was depicted as an ostrich feather. Ammit would consume the heart of the person who is judged to be impure, and Also she would stop, the guilty person, to continue the journey towards immortality. In some traditions, the undeserving and malicious hearts were flung into the scorching lakes and was destroyed by Ammit. Ammit was a heart-eater and hence she was not worshipped but instead, Egyptians feared her because of her unusual monstrous powers. She threatened the Egyptians to bind them to eternal restlessness if they did not abide by the laws of Ma’at.
Ammit appears in the cartoon character of Mummies Alive, She is also the book series of The Kane Chronicles an Egyptian Trilogy, the video game of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the animated series of Huntik: Secrets & Seekers, The British TV Series of Primeval.
#9 The Penanggalan
The Penanggalan is one of the scary mythical creatures in the Southeast Asian folklore. This variation of the vampire myth is the origin of the Malay Peninsula.It is known by various names such as Balan-Balan in Sabah, Manananggal in Filipino folklore, Leyak in Bali-Indonesia, Kuyang by the Dayak people, Palasik by the Minangkabau people, Krause In Thailand, Phi-Kasu in Laos and the Ap in Cambodia.
According to the folklore, the Penanggalan is a beautiful young woman, who obtained the beauty through black magic. But the extensive use of the black magic made her, vampire. Her head has an ability to detach from the body and fly on its own. As it flies, the lungs, the stomach, and the intestines dangle below it. These organs twinkle like fireflies as the Penanggalan moves through the night. When she detaches only the head, then she leaves her entrails soaking in a container filled with vinegar, before getting attached back into the body. A Penanggalan is not a classical undead being. The creature is a living human being when it does not detach itself from its body and it smells the vinegar. Penanggalan feeds on the pregnant women and the children. The new mother would contract a deadly disease if the Penanggalan feeds on the blood of the mother. Hence as the rituals, the folklore tie the thorny leaves of the pandanus plants to the windows and the roof of the house where a woman is about to give birth. This mythical monster had been depicted in 1958 Comics Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others and in 2016 Image Comic “Cry Havoc”.