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Journeying the realms of virtu-reality where wo-man strives to decipher the conundrum........Note that: 1) may contain content inappropriate or scary for children. 2)In my ken, all beings thought of being gods are entities from other dimensions with supernatural powers way beyond regular human capacity. This made many people who experienced their presence misconcept them as gods, demi-gods, and.....Things are going to change when proportion of us evolves into 'luminous'
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Cerastes

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Cerastes is the large double-horned serpent from Greek tales. 

 

It is said to be incredibly flexible; so much so that it is said to have no spine.

 

It would lie in the sand with only its horns sticking out waiting for its victims.

 

The Cerastes is used to detect poison and to ward of the evil eye.

 

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Hadhayosh, Sarsaok

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The Hadhayosh is a land creature from ancient Persian folklore.

 

Legend has it that the bodies of these creatures possess the uncanny ability to grant eternal life...

 

The Hadhayosh resembles a gigantic ox with a skin made of polished brass and a mane of pure flames..

 

Hadhayosh helps people to cross the Voutukasha Sea.

 

It is prophesised that during the end of days, the Hadyosh will produce fat that will become the immortal drink haoma...

 

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Werebear

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The werebear is a shape-shifting fierce humanoid...


This creature is a memeber of the 'lycanthrope' family under the wide meaning of that moniker since the bear is a canine next of kin.


Werebears come from the folklore and beliefs of various people from North America to the Russian Federation...



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Yule Lads, Yulemen, Jasveinarnir, Jólasveinar

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The Yule Lads are figures from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus.

 

Their number has varied throughout the ages, but currently there are considered to be thirteen.

 

The Icelandic Santas come to town one by one, and start arriving 13 days before Christmas.

 

Each one would do their best to cause minor havoc on Christmas preparations....

 

1. Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) – Harasses sheep, but is impaired by his stiff peg-legs.


2. Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) – Hides in gullies, then sneaks into the cowshed and steal milk.


3. Stúfur (Stubby) – Abnormally short. Steals pans to eat the crust left on them.


4. Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) – Steals Þvörur (wooden spoons) to lick. Is extremely thin due to malnutrition.


5. Pottaskefill (Pot-Licker) – Steals leftovers from pots.


6. Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker) – Hides under beds waiting to steal ‘askur’ (bowls)


7. Hurðaskellir (Door-Slammer) – Likes to slam doors, especially during the night.


8. Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler) – A Yule Lad with an affinity for skyr. (yoghurt)


9. Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) -Would hide in the rafters and snatch sausages.


10. Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) – A voyeur who looks through windows in search of things to steal.


11. Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) – Has a large nose and an acute sense of smell which he uses to find laufabrauð.(bread)


12. Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook) – Uses a hook to steal meat.


13. Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) – Follows children in order to steal their candles.

 

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Adaro

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Adaro is the demon of sea from Oceanic folklore.

 

This merman-like spirit is not only described differently than any of the many other mermaids-mermen, it also behave differently.

 

Adaro can be dangerous to humans. It is known to shoot flying poisonous fish. These fish can cause unconsiousness and occasionally, even death.

 


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Jason, Charlie's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:23 PM

This article represents religion in Oceania.  This article explains that this demon of the sea and was known to haunt and terrorize the sea. This also shows what the aboriganies believed in and sometimes have to stay away from the ocean because of this creature.

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Shirime

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The Shirime is a descriptive name sometimes given to a monster appearing in a yōkai picture scroll painted by haiku poet Yosa Buson between 1754 and 1757.

 

One of eight strange creatures depicted therein in simple haiga style, it has the following brief description:
The nuppori-bōzu monster of Katabira crossroads in the capital.

 

It has no facial features, and one eye, which is in its anus, and its shining is like lightning...

 

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Sea-lion

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The sea lion is a legendary creature that has the head and upper body of a lion, but with webbed forelimbs and a fish tail...

 

It is symbolised and used frequently in heraldry as an emblem of bold actions achieved on the ocean in the country's service...

 

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Onocentaur, Monocentaurus, Ass-man

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The Onocentaur is very similar to the Centaur - the only main difference is that it is part donkey instead of horse.

 

The pelt covering the animal half is of an ashen color with touches of white near its flanks.

 

With a terrible temper, it has a human chest, arms and head with its face being surrounded by a mane of thick, long hair...

 

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Ningishzida

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Ningishzida in Sumerian folklore resides in the underworld.

 

His name in Sumerian is translated as "lord of the good tree".

 

In Mesopotamian tales, he appears in Adapa's legend as one of the two guardians of Anu's celestial palace, alongside Dumuzi.

 

He is sometimes depicted as a serpent with a human head...

 

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Ao Ao

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Ao Ao is a voracious sheep-like creature with a massive set of fangs.

 

This monster from Guaraní folklore is considered as one of the cursed sons of Tau and Kerana, it is one of the central legendary creatures among Guaraní-speaking cultures...

 

Ao Ao is said to have humans as its sole source of food...

 

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Golem, Goilem

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In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animate being created entirely from inanimate matter.

 

In many tales, this animated anthropomorphic being

has magic words inscribed on its head to bring it to life.

 

It is said that the one of the names of God is written on a scrap of paper and attached to the golem's head or directly into the clay, will animate it, and when the creator wants to inactivate it, the name is erased

 

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Iara, Uira, Yara

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Yara means the lady of the lake (water queen) in the Brazilian folklore.

 

She is seen as either a water nymph, siren, or mermaid depending upon the context of the story told about her.

 

The Brazilian town of Nova Olinda claims the Cama da Mãe D’água as the home of Iara.

 

Yara sits on a rock by the river combing her hair or dozing under the sun.

 

When she feels a man around she will start to sing gently to lure him.

 

Once under the spell of the Iara a man would leave anything to live with her underwater forever, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as she is pretty and would cater for all needs of her lover for the rest of his life...

 

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Cretan Bull

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The Cretan Bull is a fire- breathing monster, it raged a region of Crete along the river Tethris.

 

The Cretan Bull is a famous giant and beautiful white bull in Greek Folklore.

 

He is also said to be the father of the Minotaur, the lonely beast with the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull.

 

Heracles captured the beast, he brought it to Mycenae as his seventh task...

 

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Werecat

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In African folklore, werecats are shapeshifters who are similar to werewolves, except that they turn into some species of feline instead of a wolf, hyena, or rat.

These therianthropic species involved can be a domestic cat, a tiger, a lion, a leopard, a lynx, or any other type, including some that are purely fantastical felines.

Werecats are sentient creatures with shapeshifting abilities, being able to take on the appearance of either a human or a large, shaggy cat.

Whether they migrated to Alagaësia or were native to the land was unknown. They were quite rare; the few who were alive during Eragon's time did not often reveal themselves...

 

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Hitotsume-kozō

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Hitotsume-kozo is a cyclop creature found in Japanese folklore.

Hitotsume-kozō likes to scare people but usually harmless, and is probably one of the most recognizable youngester beasts in Japan...

The most distinctive feature, however, is a "single, giant eye peering from the center of the face, along with a long tongue...

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Encantado

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Encantados are river-dwelling spirits from Brazil who can take either human form or the form of an animal; especially the boto, the bizarre long-beaked freshwater dolphins of the Amazon.

 

These shape-shifting creatures come from a paradisiacal underwater realm called the Encante.

 

Although belief in them is starting to wane, there are still plenty of South Americans who believe in their existence ardently, and claim to have seen and interacted with them, or even that they are related to them...

 

They share the most of the same themes and features as the fairies of European folklore...

 

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Leshy, Lesovik, Leshie, Leshiye, Lieschi, Lesiy

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The Leshy is a male woodland spirit in Slavic folklore who protects wild animals and forests.

 

He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country.

 

However, Leshies are tricksters. If a Leshy kidnaps someone, that person returns home with a vague manner, feeling disoriented, and often covered in moss. Be wary of these fairy kind when entering the woods...

 

The Leshy seems to have a close bond with the wolf and has been known to keep the company of bears...

 

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Fomorian

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 The Fomorians (Fomoire) are hideously ugly and grossly deformed type of giant-kins in the Irish Folklore.

 

They are not tolerated in any societies except those of the frost giants, hill giants and ogres who often use them for manual labour...

 

A fomorian is usually neutral evil in alignment, and, if classed, are usually barbarian...

 

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Ziz

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The Ziz in Judaism is a collosal Griffin-like bird 

 

Its wingspan is so big that it stretched the distance of the Earth and of Heaven...

 


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Lamassu (bull-man)

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The lamassu was a human-headed winged bull or lion in the Sumerian, Akkadian and other Babylonian folklore.

 

Lamassu, refers to a protective deity, who wards off evil spirits...

 

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Rusalka

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The Rusalka (pl. Rusalki or rusalky) , in Slavic folklore, is a lake-dwelling soul of a beautiful maiden who was drowned (whether accidentally or purposely)...

 

Slavs of different areas have assigned different personalities to the rusalki...

 

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Dragoniae: Humbaba, Hubaba, Hum-ba, Humhum, Huwawa, Kumbaba, Khumbaba, Huwawa the Terrible

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Humbaba was the terrifying guardian of the Cedar Forest of Amanus, also called the Mountain of Cedars in Mesopotamian folklore.

 

This terrible monster was placed there to guard the Cedars and to kill any human that dare disturb its peace...

 

Humbaba is a giant, terrifying to look at.

 

He has a large, humanoid body with scale plates all over it...

 

Other sources claim that Humbaba took the form of a dragon who spits fire, though he was a giant at other times.

 

His breath raged on like a hurricane, and his voice spilled over the world as a storm...

 

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Kobold

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A kobold is a small, goblin-like spirit who can be both helpful and mischievous from Germany.

 

This gnome spirit often helps with household chores, but sometimes hides tools and implements.

 

His favorite prank is to kick over stooping people.

He can get very angry if he is not fed properly.

 

He also loves to sing to children...

 

There is an expression "to laugh like a kobold" because they are often pictured with their mouth open laughing...

 

 

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Dragoniae: Yamata no Orochi

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Yamata no Orochi is a serpent-dragon in Japanese folklore.

 

The Orochi has eight heads and eight tails, and its enormous body reaches across eight valleys and eight hills...

 

When an earth kami was trying their new powers they accidently touché a small garden snake, forcing it to grow into the monster known as Orochi...

 

This Dragon was the cause of great strife through storms.

 

It was killed by Susano-O-no-Mikoto, who took the sword that was contained in its tail...

 

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Bai Ze, Hakutaku, maybe Kutabe

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In Chinese folklore and Japanese folklore, Bai Ze or Hakutaku respectively, is an intelligent beast that  can understand human speech.

 

Bai Ze has been revered since ancient times as holy beast who ward off evil spirits...

 

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elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 18, 2014 1:09 AM

Bai Ze or Hakutaku literally means "white marsh". The legend says that Katube was known to be identical to Bai Ze and appeared to tell the people his prediction that a plague was going to kill many and if they used his image has a talisman the people was going to be protected. Since then the people worship Bai Ze or Katube.