People have been telling stories since the dawn of man. Storytelling provides fodder for powerful imaginations to create detailed and beautiful imagery. One of the ways we can learn more about different cultures is by studying the stories that they tell.
Folklore and myth are the earliest examples of cultural stories, and often they involve exciting heroes and mysterious creatures. Mythical creatures are so intriguing that we see them pop up in stories both old and new, time and time again. These patterns are signs that people everywhere are captivated by these creatures.
What are these mythical creatures like? What are their powers, their weaknesses, and their motivations? What do these traits indicate about the culture that created them? All of these things are interesting to think about, and inspires within millions around the world a desire to connect with that culture.
The infographic below offers a great anthology of mythical creatures from a variety of places around the world such as Europe, East Asia, West Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Fifty of these mythical cultural “ambassadors” are gathered here, with brief descriptions and their country of origin, to tell their stories and inspire you to learn more about the lands they represent.
Everyone is familiar with Dragons, Banshees, and Unicorns. Most people know about the Sphinx, Phoenix, and Medusa. But have you ever heard of Vodnik, Gumiho, or Bahamut? Study the infographic to discover who they are!