Who doesn’t love a touch of magic in their life? Kids do! Fairy tales and folklore are abound with fantastical creatures. Their legends are still going strong and they have stepped out of story books; just take a look at the rise in dragon games online and werewolf movies. You will see these mythical animals have become so much a part of our world and yet they retain their otherworldly aura and still evoke a sense of wonder in children and adults alike.
Here are some of the mythical creatures no child should miss out on. Not all of them are cute and cuddly but so what; we all love an element of danger, no?
Dragons are the reigning kings/queens of all things mythical. Their legend has survived for centuries and across cultures. We have heard of dragon slayers, which make dragons the bad guys, roaring giants who guard castles with pretty lasses locked up inside. There are also stories where dragons have been on the side of the good. We have learnt that it takes someone exceptional to tame the dragon. Wouldn’t it be lovely to get a dragon to breathe a fury of fire and growl ‘let’s go get ‘em, tiger’? Even if it is only in our heads.
Unicorns, horse-like creatures with a spiral horn jutting out of their forehead, are known to be magical beasts with extraordinary powers. Like the dragon, it has been known to many cultures but under various names. Ancient tales indicate its existence while some speculate that it is a creature that was created out of the imagination by borrowing various features from common animals. According to an old tale, they did not board Noah’s Ark and hence, the species could not be saved.
We have all read the story of the The Little Mermaid, how she tried to turn into a human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning. But there are darker tales too about how the mermaids lure sailors to their death. They are also known as sirens. Mermaid sightings are almost as common as UFO sightings, and just as lacking in proof. We cannot believe it and we cannot dismiss it.
Known as Bigfoot, these ape-like giants are an elusive lot but keep the world buzzing about them by leaving little clues (or rather large ones) like their footprints that are said to measure around 17 inches long. No one is certain who or what Bigfoot is, which adds to its myth and heightens the interest. Could it be an alien, an ape, or a human?
Perhaps it is that uncertainty that adds to the allure of these mythical creatures, the chance, however small, that they may be as real as a dog or cat!