5 Unfamiliar Mythical Creatures That Will Have You Screaming

If you like traveling, make sure you are familiar with the different mythical creatures that may be stalking you in the night.

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Monsters come in many shapes and sizes. All over our world, we have creepy crawlies that give us nightmares for days on end. We’ve included five mythical legends from around the world that you should familiarize yourself with if you choose to travel. Urban legends and folktales of the long past linger in our stories today. Writers borrow familiar tropes to create their own tales.

1. Yara-ma-yha-who (Australia)

Within the realm of Australian Aboriginal mythology, you’ll find a grizzly little monster hiding in the trees, waiting to suck your blood. Aboriginal Australian preacher David Unaipon believes the Yara-ma-yha-who has a massive head and a toothless mouth, resembling the likes of a frog.

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Its tasty, delicious treat is preying on unsuspecting travelers resting under a tree. The monster comes around, sucks the blood of its victims, and swallows their bodies whole as if it were a snake. After a quick nap, it pukes them up, making the victim shorter than they were originally. The person now also has a reddish tint to their skin, similar to its predator. If Yara-ma-yha-who continues to drink and swallow the human more than a few times, the victim may become another little version of the peckish vampire.

2. El Sombrerón (Guatemala)

Although familiar in Guatemala, El Sombrerón is far from typical of American legendary culture. El Sombrerón is similar to the Bogeyman, except he has a distinct figure. El Sombrerón is a short man and wears black attire. Instead of hiding under children’s beds or in closets, he likes young ladies with long hair and big eyes.

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Once he has his sights set on a particular young lady, he stalks her. Following her everywhere she goes, he braids her hair and sings while playing a silver guitar. What’s not to love? Perhaps the fact that he puts soil in their food to make them unable to sleep or eat. If and when a woman reciprocates his feelings, he ties mules to her house’s pole and celebrates at dusk.

3. Ghoul, ghul (Arabian)

A ghoul sounds like a ghost. But where did it originally come from, and where exactly does it come from? In Arabic folklore, it’s a shapeshifting demon that takes on the guise of animals, most popularly the infamous hyena.

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It lures naive people to desert wastes or abandoned places. There, they eat them, consuming their flesh, blood, and never-ending tears. Because of their love of innocent people, they tend to go after young children and the dead, as the latter are helpless. After eating the victim, they shapeshift into their figures.

4. Bake-kujira, 化鯨 (Japanese)

The Bake-kujra is a ghostly phantom skeleton that circulates in western Japan. Its motive? Taking revenge against seagoers who hunt whales or eat whale meat. They curse the ships with plagues and fires. It sounds like Moby Dick.

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Many people have tried, yet have failed to capture the Bake-kujra, as it is a “ghost” of sorts, so harpooning doesn’t work. It tends to go through the figure. If you spot a figure that matches these descriptions, it’s best to turn the other way.

5. Kishi (Angola)

Kishi is a two-faced demon of Angola. He has an attractive human man’s face, yet the back of his head is that of a hyena. To weaken its victims, they use its human persona to talk, charm, and attract young women.

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When these women let down their guards, the hyena face springs into action and eats them. Once it takes the first bite, it’s hard to unlatch its strong jaw. Beware of handsome men you come across in the night.

Cactus Cat (American Southwest)

Big Foot. Arguably the most famous mythical creature in America — possibly the world. But there’s another strange foe among us. Cactus Cat. It’s apparently a bobcat-like creature with thorny fur, sharp bones, and a branched tail. You’ll find him in the Southwest states of California, Nevada, and New Mexico, and in rare sightings in Colorado.

Cactus Cat (American Southwest)

Southern folks from as early as the nineteenth century claim the Cactus Cats are usually harmless. Still, from time to time, many passersby of the night have woken up to welts on their bodies, similar to cats’ barbed tail markings. You could still hear the haunting wails and the dry sound of bones rubbing together late in the desert night.

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