Searches for Fantasy Creatures and even Mythical Creatures do not list Fairies. Does this mean that Fairies are Real! Do they not belong in this group? We think they belong, but, we will discuss faeries in other pages.
Folklore tales as handed down from the oral tales are about fantasy creatures that have magical or supernatural talents and sometimes have enchantment capabilities. Many of these tales have mention of Fantasy Creatures that have some of these powers.
Belief in these mythological fantasy creatures has existed from the very earliest times, and literature from all over the world have tales of these mythical creatures and their inter-action with humans.
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Fantasy Creatures ..... Faeries in other cultures
Each culture has it's own unique mythological fantasy creatures and they appear in various shapes and forms.
EUROPEAN FOLKLORE is filled with all kinds of different mythical creatures.
- Nymphs are female nature spirits from Greek mythology. Satyrs are their male counterparts.
- The Aos Sí or sídhe are a powerful, supernatural race in Irish mythology.
- Elves are a supernatural race from Germanic mythology.
- The Erlking is a malevolent creature that is said to lure children away from safety and kill them.
- Cajun Fairies (The Feufollet in French) are an American legend that emerged along the bayou as early as the 1920s with a light (a ball of fire) that shot out into the sky, likely derived from the same natural phenomena as the will o' the wisp. The lights were known as fairies, spirits and sometimes the ghosts of loved ones.
- Zână (plural Zâne) is the Romanian equivalent of the Greek Charites. These characters make positive appearances in fairy tales and reside mostly in the woods. They can also be considered the Romanian equivalent of fairies.
- The duende or chaneque refers to a fairy- or goblin-like mythological character. While its nature varies throughout Spain, Portugal, the Philippines, and Latin America, in many cases its closest equivalents known in the Anglophone world are the Irish leprechaun and the Scottish brownie.
- Slavic fairies come in several forms and their names are spelled differently based on the specific language.
- Tylwyth Teg or Bendith y Mamau is the traditional name for fairies or fairy-like creatures of the Otherworld in Welsh folklore and mythology.
- The Xana is a character found in Asturian mythology.
- Mogwai are, according to Chinese tradition, a breed of fairy-folk that possess superpowers, which they often use to inflict harm on humans.
- In Malays, 'pari-pari' (Malaysian) or 'peri' (Indonesian) are often looked as motherly figure helpful creatures who will help those who have good heart. Malay Fairies also love any fruit and like nature.
- Peris, found in Persian mythology, are descended from spirits who have been denied paradise until they have done penance.
- Tien are heavenly beings variously translated as Immortals, Spirits, Angels and Fairies in Vietnamese folklore.
- Yaksha are creatures often with dual personalities, found in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. On the one hand, a Yaksha may be an inoffensive nature-fairy, associated with woods and mountains; but there is a much darker version of the Yaksha, which is a kind of cannibalistic ogre, ghost or demon that haunts the wilderness and waylays and devours travelers.Africa
- An alux is a type of sprite or spirit in the mythological tradition of certain Maya peoples from the Yucatán Peninsula.
- Chaneques are small elf or pixie like beings in the south to southeast of Mexico, especially Veracruz and parts of Oaxaca. From the Nahuatl 'ohuican chaneque' meaning 'those who dwell in dangerous places' they seem to have originally been guardian spirits of craggy mountains, woods, springs, caves, etc. Today they are usually described as having the appearance of a toddler, with the wrinkled face of a very old person. They are known for hiding things, getting people lost and sometimes throwing stones at people.
- The Curupira is a male supernatural being which guards the forest in Tupi mythology.
- Jogah are small spirit-folk in Iroquois mythology.
- Menehune: Centuries ago there was a Hawaiian legend that spoke of the Menehune. Who were a mischievous group of small people, or dwarfs, who lived hidden in the forests and valleys of the tropical islands. These creatures that walked among the forest were only about 2– 3 feet tall; some were as small as 6 inches. They enjoyed dancing, singing and archery, and their favorite foods were bananas and fish. The Menehune have been known to use magic arrows to pierce the heart of angry people, igniting feelings of love in its place. They also enjoy cliff diving, and according to local lore, they were smart, strong and excellent craftsmen. They were rarely seen by human eyes, and they are credited with mighty feats of engineering and overnight construction.
- The Aziza are a beneficent fairy race from Africa, specifically Dahomey
Human like Fantasy Creatures
Elves are very beautiful youthful looking men and women with great magical powers. They live underground or in caves in the forest. These are almost always near a well or spring. Elfs live a very long time and some are considered to be immortal.
Christmas elves are probably the best known of all the North Pole elves or the most recognized of all the pixies fairies elves unless maybe the Keebler elves with their cookies are seen more often.
Dwarves are magical creatures that are associated with age and wisdom. Their pictures almost always are with beards. They have great knowledge, particularly of craftsmanship. Metallurgy is one of their great skills. They are said to have made some of the great artifacts of legend.
Leprechauns are Irish mythical creatures that seem to be found only in Irish folklore. They are described as male faerie that appear as tiny, wizen-faced old men that inhabit the isle of Ireland. There are many leprechaun legends and leprechaun stories that come from the early 19th century.
Mermaids are legendary creatures that live in the sea and have the upper body and torso of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish. Mermaids are thought to be enchantresses who are capable of wooing men to their deaths through the sound of their songs.The term "Sea Sirens" or "Sirens mythological creatures" is sometimes used instead of mermaids. This occurs often when used with sirens in Greek mythology. Are Mermaids Real?????
Fantasy Creatures Less Human like
Another group, less human in appearance, would include dragons, mermaids, unicorns, Pegasus and many others.
This site contains a great deal of information about most all mythological creatures including Pixies Fairies Elves. See the following pages for an in depth discussion of some of the better known mythical creatures.
Dragons, in early cultures, when they appear, seem to be created from parts of various creatures. Most images have eagle's feet and wings, lion's front paws, head of a snake, scales like a fish, giant horns and a alligator body and tail, which sometimes extended the whole length of the creature.
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Are Unicorns Real - The unicorn is described as a graceful horse with a single beautiful horn sticking out of its forehead. It dates back to 5500 BC in an ancient civilization of the Indus Valley which is in Pakistan. In the Bible an animal called Re'em looks very similar to the Unicorn.
Here is a picture of a Unicorn and Fairy moving as if they were glued together.
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