Are there myths that feature such beings?

  • This is very borad. Would the Ages of Man fit the bill, perhaps? – Spencer Feb 7 at 18:53
  • No, I ask for beings that came before mankind, not humans that came before other humans. – Dominic the inquisitive Feb 7 at 20:11
  • Btw what do you exactly mean by "rational" beings? – Calaom Feb 8 at 13:31
  • Beings with at least human-level intelligence that can reason. – Dominic the inquisitive Feb 8 at 21:19
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    The shedim from jewish lore could be one. the shedim is the jewish counterpart of the jinn if im not mistaken. – Tom Feb 10 at 23:03

I know one for certain, the pre-adamite jinn in Islamic mythology.

a Jinn is an invisible entity, created by God out of a "mixture of fire" or "smokeless fire", who roamed the earth before Adam.

The community of the Jinn race were like those of humans, but then corruption and injustice among them increased and all warnings sent by God were ignored. Consequently, God sent his angels to battle the infidel Jinn. Just a few survived, and were ousted to far islands or to the mountains. With the revelation of Islam, the Jinn were given a new chance to access salvation. But because of their prior creation, the jinn would attribute themselves to a superiority over humans and envy them for their place and rank on earth

source: The Qur'an and Its Biblical Subtext p.41

  • Aren't Jinn immaterial/invisible? – Dominic the inquisitive 20 hours ago
  • @Dominictheinquisitive Being hidden from the senses is not the same as being immaterial. something immaterial is not consisting of matter which the jinn are, there is a difference between the Pre-Adamite jinn-race, who share many characteristics with humans and the jinn that survived after the battle. – Tom 8 hours ago

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