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Questions tagged [monsters]

Used for questions pertaining or related to non-human creatures in Mythology and Folklore that may or may not be based on real animals.

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What animal did Demeter transform into?

When Typhon showed up at Olympus, most of the gods fled to Egypt in the form of animals. (Wikipedia is the only place I found what form they took.) Apollo was a hawk, Hermes an ibis, Ares a fish, ...
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How did Hades get Kerberos?

Kerberos (Latin: Cerberus) is the three headed dog that guards the entrance of the Underworld. He is most known for being captured by Heracles for his 12th labor. But it is never mentioned how ...
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Who wrote about gorgon's blood?

I came across a portion of Myth a while back. It said something like gorgon's blood taken from one side of the body can heal any malady but the other side can kill instantly. Who is this writing (for ...
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Are all monsters children of gods/Titans/primordials?

I've noticed that a number of creatures are related to the Greek deities. By the oldest account, Echidna, the mother of monsters, is the daughter of sea gods. This accounts for her own kids being ...
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Who/What parented the Stymphalian birds?

Getting rid of the Stymphalian Birds is Heracles's sixth labor. The Stymphalian Birds are man-eating birds with beaks of bronze, sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims, and ...
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Do mongols have something like a werewolf?

Lots of cultures have some sort of shapeshifting monster or a magician that can transform into animals. Do mongols have something like this too? Is it a feral monster or is it more intelligent? Is ...
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Did manticore always have a human head?

I am not very fond of depictions of manticores with human head or face. Did manticore always had a human head, or is it a influence from the sphinx, or some other monster?
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Could japanese Oni integrate into human civilization?

Is there a case in Japanese mythology of an Oni (Big Ogre from a desolate place) willingly helping people or being a inhabitant of a village? If not why can they not integrate into human society? What ...
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Earliest legend of someone being turned into an animal/monster?

What is the earliest legend we know of, that involves someone (named or otherwise) being turned into an animal, or some terrible monster? This includes turning someone's unborn child into a monster, ...
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Are there any beasts/creatures that “feed on” grief or regrets?

I'm interested in knowing if there are any creatures, monsters, spirits, etc that feed on negative human emotions- specifically grief and regret. Alternately, anything that is specifically attracted ...
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Why should odd things hurt mythical beings? [closed]

Do you know of any mythical beings, that are hurt by odd items or materials? like buttons from a shirt or something, something that would not be usually considered a weapon, or a material you would ...
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Why should glass harm a fext?

Why should glass bullets and other odd items (usually not used as ammunition) harm a fext? A fext is a revenant that is impervious to most damage, superman style, but glass it its kryptonite, why?
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Why do so many cultures have monsters that prey on families?

While researching La Llorona and vampiresses, I noticed that lots of cultures have predominantly female monsters that use deception to prey on families. Lamia that prey on young men and children, deer ...
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Where did the various artistic depictions of the Chimera originate?

I wasn't sure whether to ask this in history as it relates to art history, but the Chimera's appearance varies considerably in art throughout history. Designs vary in the proportion of lion, goat and ...
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What's the earliest recorded story of a human woman giving birth to a monster?

In Greek mythology, a human woman gave birth to the Minotaur, a "monster". I know timelines get fuzzy with mythology, but are there any other instances of a human woman giving birth to a "monster" ...
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Was Charybdis always a monster?

Charybdis, and its counterpart Scylla were two monsters in the Odyssey. However, according to Ovid's Metamorphoses, Scylla was once a nymph. "... had she not been transformed before they came into ...