Posted on 23 January 2010.
A mythological or mythical creature is a creation of folklore or such historic piece of fiction. The top 10 mythological creatures that have formed part of several tales and folk legends through the centuries have been:-
1. Griffin or Gryphon
The griffon or griffin or gryphon is a mythical creature that is believed to have the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. The griffin was considered a very powerful creature owing to the fact that the lion is considered to be the king of the jungle and the eagle is considered to be the head of birds. Griffins were portrayed without wings in the 15th century.
The phoenix has often been considered as a sacred bird and is associated with fire in the way that it is born and dies from and in fire. The phoenix has a very colourful plumage and the colour of its tail has often been the point of contention. Some discussions about the tail of a phoenix say that the colours are blue, purple and green and then, others suggest that the colours are scarlet and gold.
3. The Unicorn
The unicorn has always been portrayed as a white horse with a horn on its head. The original myth had the unicorn having a goat’s beard, cloven hooves and a lion’s tail. The unicorn was considered to be a very gentle creature and had in no way, any negative connotations.
The very first portrayal of Satyrs was as men, with an erect phallus. Later, in Roman mythology, they were shown as half-men and half-goats. The upper body was depicted as of a man and the lower half as of a goat. They were considered dangerous yet shy. Old Satyrs were shown with horns on their heads.
The Minotaur was a creation of the Greek Mythology. It was shown as a half-bull, half-man; the upper body of a bull and the lower body of a man. He was believed to live at the centre of the Cretan labyrinth. It was a maze like construction. An end was put to the Minotaur ultimately by Theseus.