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ancient creatures- reality or myth?
My beauty is not the shape of the body,
but the voices in you mind;
the thoughts you can't live without
Those are the words of someone who does not know true despair....If you do not know it, I will teach it to you...
Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.
i believe that the creatures we call \"mythical\" once existed. almost every legend or myth has had to come from something that was real. otherwise, where would the legends and myths themselves have come from? i dont' believe that a myth or legend can just spring up out of nowhere. it's just a matter of having enough of an open mind to believe that such things exist or used to exist. people nowadays don't have that kind of mentality anymore.
i agree totally, if something was based on fiction, then there would be vast differences within different cultures. however, you can get a chinese person, an english person and an indian person for example, and ask each of them what a dragon is, and they will all come up with pretty much the same thing
Examples..The cyclops. One theory is that people used to once-in-a-while find elephant skulls, which had one huge hole where their trunk is. Not knowing that this came from an elephant, the 'cyclops' was born as the hole was presumed to be an eye-socket like in a human skull.
Hmm..Another..The Kraken - Possibly a giant/colossal squid. I've seen many documentaries on giant/colossal squid..
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_Squid <-- There's an image on Wiki. showing the colossal squid partway down the page. Lots of things deep in the ocean haven't been discovered yet (as someone mentioned earlier, things people thought were long extinct have managed to pop up, e.g. coelacanth)..So..I wouldn't doubt that an even bigger colossal squid or species of squid is lurking down there somewhere and is the origin of the 'Kraken'.
Uhhm..Mermaids. One theory is that they were manatees but misinterpreted to be beautiful women. Conditions out at sea 'back in the day' weren't brilliant, seafaring men often had many ailments and were away from home for a long time, wouldn't be surprised that they saw something else in those manatees!
Last one that comes to mind..Horned demons/animals..Well..I can think of an explanation. You can get horned people through strange growths, so I wouldn't be surprised that horned horses may have existed. Maybe not en mass, but over all these years, a few are sure to have popped up..There's a horned woman in the news somewhere..Let me see..
There we go.
In conclusion - Ancient creatures = Combination of reality + myth! In my opinion anyway.