1. Lesser Known Mythical Creatures

    There are many mythical creatures in history that almost everyone knows about, like the kraken, unicorns, mermaids, the loch ness monster, etc. However, there are others that are not discussed as frequently or aren't as popular as those. Here are just some of the other mythical creatures that were believed to have existed in history.

    THE GRIFFIN

    Griffins were legendary creatures whose body was half lion and half eagle, the eagle part being toward the front, with claws and talons and wings. That is the tradition look, but there are many different versions of what they looked like, with one part changed here or there and then called something else. They often guarded treasures or valuable possessions, and were protectors against evil and witchcraft.

    According to the legend, they would only have one mate for life, one living alone if the other died. Their feathers could supposedly cure blindness and their claws could be used for medicinal purposes as well. Griffins were the embodiment of courage, strength and leadership, as it was considered the king of all animals. There have been numerous statues made in their image, and usually they sit at entrances to buildings or as a family crest or mascot of some sort.

     

    CENTAURS

    Centaurs had a horse's body, with the top half of a man where the horse's shoulders and head should be. They are mostly included in fantasy novels as wise, strong teachers or fighting fiercely in battles using archery. It is said that wine would drive them crazy, causing them to fight and/or go mad. Not only have they appeared in books, but in movies also, like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. A more well known centaur, Chiron, was considered to be the best of his kind and was proficient in many skills, teaching youths. Like the griffin, there are variations of what they looked like.

     

    THE KAPPA

    The Kappa are demons found in Japanese folklore that have a small area of water on top of their head, which signified where they always lived. They have many names, depending on which region it is who's discussing them. Its skin was said to range in color from blue to yellow or green, they had webbed feet and hands, and lived in the rivers and ponds in Japan. It could swim like a fish and if it was out of water, it had to retain the water on top of its head or it might become weak or even die.

    Kappa supposedly were tricksters, with some being innocent and others drowning or kidnapping people or eating their flesh. Even today there are signs by some bodies of water that warn about them. They were said to rape women as well, sometimes impregnating them. If someone came into contact with a Kappa, they could be fooled with politeness and if you bowed down, so would they. That in turn would empty the water from their head and they would not be able to get back up until it was refilled. If you yourself refilled the water, the Kappa would serve you for eternity.

    According to legend, Kappa spoke Japanese and even became friends with humans. In exchange for the friendship, they would perform tasks to help farmers with their crops and they, in return, would seek out cucumbers (their favorite food). There are festivals and shrines dedicated to them in Japan, with the hope that the people will have a good harvest.

     

    CERBERUS

    Cerberus was the multi-headed hound of Hades, guarding the gates of hell so no one could leave and would eat them if they tried. They had 3 canine heads and the tail of a serpent. It was related to the Lernaean Hydra and other multi-headed creatures, ate raw flesh and had eyes that could flash fire. There is a very long story of it being captured by Heracles (a hero in Greek mythology, also the son of the god Zeus and later name Hercules) as a final task to complete his twelve labours in exchange for advice from the god Apollo.

    The Cerberus also appears in God of War games, along with Zeus, Hades, and other gods/creatures that are well known in Greek mythology. In the game, they can claw you to death or breathe fire on you, and the only way to kill them is by getting rid of all 3 heads. There are different variations of what they looked like exactly, depending on who was describing it or painting it. A fierce creature, nontheless. You can read more about Greek mythology by clicking here.

     

    MINOTAUR

    The Minotaur had the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull. It is also featured in the God of War games, along with the Cerberus and the Hydra. As the fascinating, yet disturbing story goes, King Minos of Crete prayed to Poseidon (the sea god) to send him a white bull for support. He was supposed to kill the bull to honor the god, but thought it was so beautiful he decided to keep it and kill one of his own bulls instead. As punishment, Poseidon made Minos's wife fall in love with the bull and she had a wooden cow constructed so she could get inside and have the bull mate with her. The result was the Minotaur, who eventually needed to eat humans for nourishment, and was therefore too dangerous to keep around. So Minos hired the same man that built his wife a wooden cow to build a labyrinth to keep the minotaur trapped inside.

     

    THE HYDRA

    The hydra was a water monster in Greek mythology that had many heads, the number of which varies depending on the source. Its breath and blood were poisonous, so just their scent could prove lethal. According to some, when it lost a head, it could grow back another or few in its place. It was also Heracles's second labor of 12 to kill the hydra, which was raised by Hera (the Queen of Heaven) to kill Heracles first. The final head was immortal but Athena (Zeus's daughter) gave him a gold sword which he managed to kill it with.


  2. The Loch Ness Monster: Myth Or Reality?

    The world has always been fascinated with mythical creatures and inexplicable events or phenomena. This fascination supplied a lot of fictional stories and nowadays, we cannot know if a story is true or false. But according to an old saying, behind every legend is a grain of truth. One of the most popular legends in the world is the story of the Loch Ness Monster. Everyone knows about Nessie and some have claimed to have actually seen the monster. But are those claims real or just an attempt to gain attention and publicity?

    History Of Loch Ness!

    The first mention of the Loch Ness monster was in 565 A.D., and started as a Catholic statement.. According to the legend, St. Columba defeated a giant snake from the Loch Ness lake and drove it back into the depths of the water. Even if it sounds like an amazing story, historians tend to believe that this was nothing more than an allegory. St. Columba symbolizes divinity and the snake represents the devil. However, this story became viral and it embraced some worldwide popularity. It remained a legend until 1933, when something interesting happened.

    On April 21, 1934, Daily Mail released a controversial photo, with what appeared to be the first real evidence of the Loch Ness Monster. It goes without saying that this picture started a lot of arguments. Some people confirmed the story, saying that they saw the monster too, while some of them were reserved and denied its existence. However, a few decades later, the story proved to be nothing more than a farce. The same Daily Mail also published an article in 1994 saying that the previous photo was nothing more than an elaborated scam, designed to draw attention towards Loch Ness.

    Still, many things happened between 1934 and 1994 and in this time, people wanted to demonstrate the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, so the lake was one of the most visited places in Scotland. People were organizing surveillance plans and were monitoring the lake 24/7, hoping that "Nessie" would finally show itself. Because of the public pressure, two British universities organized expeditions in the Loch Ness Lake with the purpose of discovering the monster. Even though the expeditions didn't achieve a conclusive result, some unknown moving objects were detected and nobody could explain them.

    More Proof Of Loch Ness' Existence?

    Another relevant expedition was conducted in 1975, when Boston's Academy of Science launched sonars and underwater cameras into the lake. The results were inconclusive as well but there was one interesting photo. This photo seemed to present a giant flipper of an unknown creature. After 1975, other expeditions were organized, but none of them reached a conclusive result. After 1994, when Daily Mail admitted that the 1934 photo was a farce, people lost their enthusiasm regarding the Monster of Loch Ness.

    However, the story of the Loch Ness Monster is still a very interesting one and there are many people who still believe in its existence. Even if no one can tell us the answer, we can admit that this is an impressive story, even if it's true...or not.

    Every time I step into the ocean, I can't help but have such thoughts.  In fact, I bought a kayak from Killer Kayaks known as the Oru Bay but after writing this piece? I'm not so sure I want to head out on a boating expedition, solo, without good friends.

    So: do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?


  3. The Quest For The Greek Gods

    We have discussed quite a few topics here, including our favorite: Mythical Creatures! We thought it would be interesting to share more Greek mythology, namely Greek Gods. This video is presented by The History Channel:


  4. Haunted Dolls

    Do haunted dolls really freak you out? I know I can't even look at certain ones because they give me chills! I can't figure out if dolls or child ghosts are more scary. Watch this video, if you are brave enough, to see some scary footage of real haunted dolls. Don't watch before bed though!


  5. Mythical Creatures We Are Glad To Know Don't Exist

    What if these creatures DID exist? Wouldn't that be frightening, to say the least? Here are some mythical creatures that, thankfully, don't exist or we'd be in a lot of trouble! One that is mentioned is the Kappa, which was in an earlier article on this site. Enjoy!


  6. My Mythical Creature-Minded Vacation

    A few weeks ago, my family and I decided to go on a vacation to Big Bear and stay at a cabin for a week. It was pretty relaxing and we all got to talk and laugh around the campfire while the fish cooked that my uncle caught that day. We are all usually busy with one thing or another, so that was a rarity to be able to get everyone to go at the same time.

    As the night went on, we started telling ghost stories for fun and to scare each other a little. My mom got freaked out and went inside to relax by reading before bed, since she likes to wake up early anyway. I brought up mythical creatures I had heard about, and to my amazement, some of them knew more than I thought! I love to read about them in my spare time and it was so nice to be able to talk about it with others, and it was even better that it was my own family!

    We finished up and went inside to prepare for our kayaking trip the next day. Before the trip, I had looked up inflatable kayak reviews because I didn't want a heavy kayak to carry around the whole time. And plus, I didn't want one to get stolen either. This is one I can deflate and take inside when I go somewhere and I don't have to worry about it. I didn't get one that fits two people because I like to have complete control of my boat. I'm kind of a loner in that sense. Here's one similar to mine, since I forgot to take pictures of it fully inflated...

     

    The next day we all took off on our trip, one behind the other with our kayaks. They all had regular ones and they remained safe outside overnight, but I don't regret buying mine since it's so lightweight. While out on the lake, we all decided to cruise around on our own for some private time. It was nice to be alone out there with my own thoughts. But then I got to thinking...what if one of the mythical water creatures DID exist? What would I do if one popped up out of the water, like a siren, a loch ness type of creature, a kraken, or even a hydra? As I was fantasizing about that, I swear something bumped into my boat. That's when I paddled as fast as I could toward one of my family members! I think I freak myself out too much is the problem. This was my vision...except I would be in a tiny kayak, haha.


    The rest of the week went great and we ate more fish (with sides, of course), had some drinks, laughed a lot, played horseshoes and board games outside as well. We made sure the cabin didn't have a tv so we all had to interact with each other. All of us are addicted to tv and our computers, which is not healthy at all. I'm going to make sure we do this at least twice a year. I had such a great time with everyone and I'm looking forward to the next trip!


  7. Mythical Creatures...Did They Really Exist?

    Here is a video on mythical creatures that actually existed, but not in the way that most people think. Stories were exaggerated over the years and this explains what these creatures really looked like and how big they were.



  8. The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Explained

    Not sure what the Dakota Pipeline protest is all about? It has to do with our government wanting to build a pipeline on land that is owned by the Sioux Nation. This video explains the history of how things got this way, and why it is so very wrong to the native americans who live on that land.