Kick-Ass Mythology – The T.F. Walsh Myth Manual

Kick ass mythology

I have always loved mythology, learning everything I could about legends and creatures. Most of us have heard of werewolves, vampires, fae, but what about a dryad, cockatrice, or even a hantu demon.

A lot of this passion started early for me. I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales, and ever since then, folklore and myths have fascinated me. Most western cultures are familiar with Greek, Norse and Celtic mythology. But one of the things I plan to do is explore less familiar cultures.

rusalkaillumFor example, mermaids are one of my favorite mythological creatures. Through research, I was able to learn that in Japanese mythology there are similar creatures known as ningyo. These mermaid cousins have the traditional mermaid form of a human upper body and a fish lower body, but have further lore, which says that their tears are actually pearls. What a wonderful twist on what I consider a classic creature. And something that could bring an element of uniqueness to a mermaid story I might want to write in the future.

Each fortnight, I'll be sharing interesting facts about a different creature or myth along with findings you may not know. And I will be adding them right here in the T.F. Walsh Myth Manual.

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Banshee: Banshees are female ghosts or ‘faerie women’ who wail and shriek to herald the death of a family member.
Dhampir: Dhampirs are creatures born from the union of a human and a vampire. A hybrid.
Dryad: Dryads are female spirits of nature who live in individual trees, unseen by humans unless they want to be seen.

GolemGolems are giant, clay-like creatures animated by a single word written on paper and stuffed into their mouths. Knowing the right magic to bring such a being to life, means he’ll do whatever you ask of him.

Hellhound: According to various legends, hellhounds are demonic dogs from hell with a penchant for killing. They are said to be created by demons to stand guard at the gates of hell and hunt down lost souls. There is no reasoning with a hellhound or convincing it to join your side – they are created for the sole purpose of retrieving souls!

Pegasus: In ancient Greek mythology, a pegasus was pure white stallion with a large pair of wings who brought Zeus his lightning and thunder.

37 thoughts on “Kick-Ass Mythology – The T.F. Walsh Myth Manual

  1. Thanks for the interesting facts. I also have always loved the tales of different mythological beings, and grew up listening to my mother telling me fantastic stories. Can't wait to see what's coming next. 

  2. I love this part of the newsletter and to have all these different mythology creatures and what they do in one place is awesome.  Looking forward to the next one.

  3. I too am fascinated by myths and folklore. I am mostly Scottish, and my paternal grandmother apparently had gypsy blood. I am now well into Family Search and that story could very well be true! Scottish/gypsy not much of a stretch. Add to that her ancestors came from Russia and through the center of Europe where according to legend the Romany (read gypsy) came from. I believe my love of horses and cats and my feisty tempermant came from her, and obviously her ancestors. So who I am is her fault.

    I have tried to order your 'Mythology' book and I am not sure if it went through or not. I am seventy years old and only know enough about computers to be dangerous. So I am emailing you to see what you can do.

    • Hi Velma, great to hear from you… at the moment, the mythology manual is all located on this page, so you're here πŸ™‚ But down the track, I might look at creating something easy for everyone to download. Great to have you here.

    • Hi Amy, wonderful to hear from you:) I do a lot of research on myths for my stories and have been doing so for years, now I want to share with everyone the interesting information I’ve discovered as i know there are many mythology fans out there just like me πŸ™‚

  4. I'm absolutely loving this info on mythological creatures!!  Keep it up and I can't wait for Unicorns and I know I requested Pegasus😁😁😁 You rock!!!

  5. T.F., I love reading all the interesting facts about mythology you write in your newsletter! Please continue. 🐲

  6. Hi TF,

    I am from Norse and Irish (Celtic) heritage, so the mythology you share is fantastic. I look forward to more as you find the information!

    Thank you sharing !

  7. I always loved mythology, especially sucubi! There is a great show on Netflix – Scifi channel called lost girl that covers many characters.

  8. I've read mythology books since I could first read. I even took Mythology for some of my english credits in college, but your articles have been more informative and fun to read. Thanks for sharing your ressearch.


  9. I've read mythology from a lot of cultures and find they all have a boogey man and other similar characters. Enjoying the artcles . They make me want to refresh myself on mythology again.

  10. I so enjoy these newsletters.  You give us so much info on these different species.  Keep them coming – love learning more about them. Thanks so much for doing this.

  11. I've only recently signed up for your newsletters and I have to say that the mythology is my favorite part. It amazes me that there are so many similarities through so many cultures during a time that travel and sending information was so hard and took so long.

  12. Ok the Dhampir had no bones or nails, how did they get around??  Did they turn into smoke?? Curious indeed!!  I love how you find all of these fascinating facts!!  Thanks for doing this!!!  Maybe you can add the Scottish Water Horse or Kelpie to your list???πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽ

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