There are a lot of mysterious things that we don’t know when it comes to mythology. One of which are the half human half animal mythical creatures with strange power that we see in movies or books. Such mythical creatures were believed to be once existed in the world, and some are still believed to be existed today. The thing is that these half human half animal creatures are more like the bad rather than the good. So let’s take a look at 10 strange looking half human half animal mythical creatures in folklore and mythology of different cultures below.
Buraq or Al-Buraq is a steed in Islamic mythology which is a creature from the heaven that transported the prophets. Buraq was the legendary beast with eagle wings, the face of a woman, and the tail of a peacock. The body of these mythical creatures is favorable for carrying a passenger, prophet Muhammad to be exact. Buraq was the magical beast that took prophet Muhammad to various heavens to meet earlier prophets and God according to Quran.
According to the beliefs, Cecaelia is a creature with lower part of octopus and the upper body of a human. The creatures had the origin in Asian and Native American mythology, legend, and folklore. Native Americans especially the Raven People seem to attribute a certain connection between Cecaelia. Cecaelia is also known as sea witch since they can control over the winds and weather.
Such mythical creatures are not really well-known widely, but sailors know so well to never offend one. It is believed that if sailors refuse to pay for her service, insult her look, or refuse to acknowledge her powers, there will be a disaster. Each Cecaelia has different powers such as influencing the catches of fishermen or controlling the sea, the tides, and the moon, and more.
A centaur is a mythical creature with the upper body of a human and the lower body and legs of a horse. Centaur is stuck between two worlds: that of the wild beast and that of the civilized human being. Centaurs are rowdy warriors that prone to heavy drinking and other primal excesses. That often brought them into conflict with humans all the time.
One of the best known centaurs is Chiron who was a wise centaur. Despite the fact that most centaurs were lustful and wild, Chiron was a notable exception, modest, and civilized. He had great medicinal skills as well as teaching abilities which means he was one of the best mythical creatures in Greek mythology.
Resembles the look of Medusa at some points, Echidna was a monster with half woman half snake body who lived alone in a cave. She was also the mother of many famous monsters in Greek mythology. Echidna was immortal and ageless, meaning she does not get older at all. This monster preyed on the unfortunate passerby for years until she was killed in her sleep by Argus Panoptes who was the hundred-eyed giant.
Faun, is the creature with the head and torso of a man but with the legs and tail of a goat. Faun is often confused with Satyr due to the similar appearance. Faun is the half human half goat mythical creature in Roman while Satyr is the same character yet in Greek. Another way to differentiate them is that satyrs are more like horses while fauns are more like goats, but they both have two legs.
Roman believed that Fauns are the creatures that inspired fear in men traveling in lonely, remote, or wild places. While some other times, faun often guides a traveler on his way due to their good sense of direction, if they like the traveler. At the end of the day, fauns are the characters of neither good nor bad. Sometimes they are attractive and gentle while the other times they instill fear in wandering men. The only true love they fauns have toward is nature including forest and music.
Harpy is known in both Greek and Roman mythology, and it was a half human half bird creature. Harpies were generally depicted as birds with the heads of maidens with pale faces due to hunger. In Greek myth, Harpies mean snatchers, and they were the female monsters who caused mischief, tormented wrongdoers, and carried souls to the underworld. In general, harpies were the foul creatures that stole things and caused chaos to the human world.
7Mermaid / Merman
Mermaid and Merman were the mythical creatures with human form from waist up and with fish-like form from waist down. In folklore, mermaids were often associated with misfortune and death; usually by luring errant sailors off course or onto rocky shoals. Another belief is that the mermaids and mermen had the ability to summon storms to sink ships and drown sailors. These aquatic creatures of myth exist in many cultures in different parts of the world, mostly from sailors’ tales. Till today, we never know if these half human half fish mythical creatures are really out there or just the imagination of people.
Minotaur was described in Greek mythology as a mythical creature with head and tail of a bull and the body of a man. Minotaur possessed an uncertain amount of superhuman strength with hard and sharp horns on its head. This monstrous creature had a ravenous appetite for human flesh, and people were sacrificed as his food every day. Also, there would be seven Athenian youths and seven maidens sent to the labyrinth as the feast for Minotaur every 7th or 9th of the year. By the third sacrifice, Theseus volunteers to kill the monster in which he successfully did.
Described as beautiful yet dangerous creatures, Sirens were the large cause of sailor’s deaths. Sirens were the dangerous mythical creatures who lured sailors with their enchanting music and singing voices. Many people thought that Sirens were the more beautiful version of mermaids, and that was actually wrong. Instead of having fish tails, Sirens had bird features of feathered wings, clawed feet, and sometimes sparrow’s tails.
No beauty was done to wreck the ships, it was the bewitching songs from Sirens that provoked those deaths. Later, Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women with seductive bodies and voices. Sirens were the symbol of dangerous temptation throughout the art of medieval era. Then, William Shakespeare began to merge Sirens with mermaids by combining the sweet and dreamy voice with beautiful appearance of fish maidens. And that is what we view Sirens nowadays.