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.
For 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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Golem: Golems 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!
Leshy: Leashy is a forest spirit found in Slavic mythology. A Leshy is always male and is said to protect wild animals, birds, and forests.
Min Min Light: The Min Min light is a mysterious phenomenon found throughout outback Australia.
Pegasus: In ancient Greek mythology, a pegasus was pure white stallion with a large pair of wings who brought Zeus his lightning and thunder.
Selkies: Selkies live as seals in the sea, but can transform into a human by shedding their skin.
Three-Legged Crow: Depending on what folklore you read, the crow can be an ominous or helpful presence.
Wendigo: A demonic spirit with an unending hunger for human flesh.