The scariest creatures of our nightmares are often born out of the imagination. They come from the very depths of darkness and our unspoken fears. However, throughout history, many different creatures have been believed to exist and to terrorize the areas of many all over the world. Many of us know about such creatures as the Sasquatch, but there are some creatures so fearsome and evil, certain people do not dare even speak their names.
For thousands of years, people have been afraid of something, and it’s that fear that drives the workings of evil mythological creatures. Whether they are real or just works of the imagination, one fact reigns true: the people who are scared of these beings do not take the possibility of their existence lightly. For those of us who do not know, mythology extends quite far into the past with many different mythological creatures existing throughout time, causing complete hysteria or destruction. And with so many of these terrifying monsters gaining popularity, it’s not hard to see why they would make it onto a list of the worst and scariest creatures. Dig deep into your fears of the mythological as you read the fifteen scariest mythological creatures that have granted us with their presence throughout history.
Often considered the Australian Bigfoot equivalent, the Yowie has been spotted in various parts of Australia. Specifically, Blue Mountain, which is an area that’s just to the west of Sydney. The sightings for these strange creatures have been occurring since the settlers from Europe decided to inhabit the area. Even the Aboriginal of the area have accounts of spotting the creature throughout their history. There were many people who once knew the creature as the “Yahoo”, which means “evil spirit.” Although there are no direct accounts of the Yowie ever attacking anyone, the creature is creepy nonetheless. He is said to stand and stare at you, dead on, before disappearing back into the wild.
14. The Giant Anaconda
While the colonial era was taking place, many strange things were popping up around the area. However, deep in South America, accounts were coming from selected people that an Anaconda, bigger than any they had seen before, was being spotted in the area. The reports were claiming that the snake was over 160 feet in length and massive compared to a normal Anaconda. Many people at the time considered these accounts to be false, considering they had never found a snake that large before in the area. However, the people who claimed they saw the snake were not wavered at the opposition of disbelief.
If you look deep into Russian mythology, you will find they believe in a creature known as the Domovoi. He appears as a bearded man and can often shape shift into a house pet or even a human. It is believed that every home has one and that they are affected by the cleanliness of the house. These creatures are not known to be evil in anyway, however, if your home is not kept at least slightly clean, they will turn on you and become very mischievous, making your life a little worse than usual. Definitely not a ghoul you should ever mess with. But as long your home is clean, worry is out the window.
With a face that looks like a dog, a tail appearing to be that of a horse, flippers, a crocodile head and a large tusks, the Bunyip, sometimes known as the Kianpraty, is a rather large mythological creature that is believed to roam about the vast swamps and other areas of Australia. Its name is known to come from the word, “devil” but has a different meaning in Aboriginal areas. Often reported in the 1800’s, this creature is believed to still exist with a lot of the locals agreeing on its existence. The Aboriginals, especially, believe in the large creature.
Almost everyone knows about the famous Bigfoot. But just in case you weren’t aware, Bigfoot is a large creature that has been spotted in many different parts of the United States. He is known to be very tall, with thick brown or black hair. A terrible odor is said to follow whenever he is near. There are even reports of Bigfoot taking people away into the woods and keeping them for long periods. Whether or not these accounts are true is up for debate, however, it doesn’t take away from the scary beast, as it is known to watch people and observe them, even in their homes. Also, there are thousands of books, movies, and documentaries on Bigfoot that have dedicated people working to prove that the mythical creature exists.
The Jikininki are a very special type of mythological creature. They are known to be humans who have been transformed after death into terrible creatures. Many call them ghosts who eat humans, leaving a smart reason to avoid cemeteries. Japan is where the story has originated and the story goes, that if you are a greedy person in life, you will be doomed to roam the Earth for all eternity as a Jikininki, cursed with an insatiable hunger for corpses and flesh in a wide variety. They are said to look like decomposing humans with very bright eyes which can stun a human. Best to avoid these scary creatures if you ever encounter one.
This amazing mythological creature is believed to have originated in Tibet. Researchers believe the creature made its way to Nepal by way of the Sherpa, emigrants of a part of Tibet. The yeti is known to tread around the area, some say carrying a rock and whistling a creepy tune. The Yeti is said to walk on two legs, is covered in white hair and has very large canine fangs. The yeti isn’t to be taken lightly as there have been many accounts of the yeti by people in Tibet, as well as explorers looking to find the beast after stories reached parts of the outside world.
The Chupacabra is a creature rather fair in size, but large enough to cause some trouble. Chupacabra was first sighted in Puerto Rico and later sighted all throughout South America and North America. Chupacabra translates to “goat sucker” and was given the name because of the countless livestock that have been found drained of blood from the neck. The blood sucker has also been sighted in places like Chile. Unfortunately, no evidence has been found of the creature, as none has been provided or brought to the attention of major officials. But the Chupacabra is very popular and almost everyone around the world knows about the scary creature.
7. The Beast of Gevaudan
Between 1764 and 1767, what was once known as Gevaudan in France, was terrorized by a dog/wolf-like creature. It is said that over this timespan, the creature, commonly thought to have been a werewolf, committed 210 attacks, 113 of which were estimated to be deaths. The creature was considered ruthless, and to be avoided at all costs. The killings went on over the years, and even King Louis XV sent out professional hunters to track the beast down and kill it, however, they were unsuccessful. The infamous beast was not bested until a local hunter killed him. The beast was said to have been taken down by a blessed bullet and that the animal killed held human remains in its stomach.
In Native American mythology, there exists a murderous creature known as the Wendigo. These creatures were said to be the product of a curse. It was believed, especially by the Algonquian people, that if a human decided on cannibalism and partook in the eating of human flesh, then one would be changed into a Wendigo. Another story is said that the evil spirit of a Wendigo could possess someone and that person would become a Wendigo. They are said to be at least three times larger than humans, with decaying skin and bones sticking out from their skin. They also possess an absolute hunger for flesh that never stops.
The Sumerians were a very interesting group of people. They built up their civilization so high that it towered above many others. They also told great epic stories about mythological beings involved with gods and goddesses and even everyday life. One of the most popular creatures in their history shows up in the Epic of Gilgamesh. This creature was known as Gugalanna, and tore through cities and killed many in order to search the town of the great king and kill him. This bull-like creature was finally subdued, but not without great destruction. Gugalanna had been used as a tool of vengeance by one of the gods and it was a terrible ordeal.
Similar to vampires, these creatures have a very large appetite for blood. But it also possesses an additional appetite that sets it apart from other vampire-like beings. The Manananggal loves to feast upon fetus hearts, and has the ability to separate its upper body from its torso and fly away into homes, snatching pregnant women, drinking their blood and stealing their baby’s heart with the large, long tongue it holds in its skull. But the good news about this terrifying creature is that it has a weakness and can be killed. By spreading salt on the torso of the monster, you can destroy it. So long as it is detached.
3. Black Annis
Black Annis is known to many in the British region as an evil witch who roams the country side. She has been used as the main point of stories to keep children in check, especially during the 19th century. She is depicted with blue skin and a creepy smile. Be careful to keep children and animals away from her as she is known for eating children and lambs as well, taking children from their homes, tanning their skin and later using them as belts that she wears around her waist. Fairytales are often sugar coated, but this tale takes a punch at one of the scariest.
The worst of the worst when it comes to evil spirits, The Dybbuk is to the Jewish as demons are to Christians. However, it is more malevolent than most of the evil spirits in Jewish mythology. The Dybbuk causes destruction in anyone’s life. It has been known to attach to good and decent human beings and completely destroy their lives. The sad fact about it is, the being is a broken soul, with a desperate desire to seek some type of support. It does this by possessing people and never quite understands what’s going on, and in turn, there is devastation. It’s a sad and terrible ordeal.
The tale of Koschei, often called Koschei The Deathless One, is Slavic, in origin, and tells of a being who cannot die. He causes lots of mischief throughout his life and is considered to be a very fearsome being, for he cannot die. He does have a weakness which is his soul, but that soul is locked away in the form of a needle. That needle resides within an egg which is inside a duck, and that duck is tucked away inside a hare. The hare is locked tight inside of a very strong iron box which was buried underneath an oak tree which is on a mystical island. Certainly not the ideal vacation trip to retrieve.