8 Mythological Monsters You Should Be Glad Aren’t Real

By Manish Choudhary

Dec 04, 2023

Berchta, a Germanic goddess, rewards kindness and punishes laziness. She guards homes, wandering during Twelve Nights (around Christmas).

1. Berchta

In Hindu mythology, Pishachas are night-dwelling demons that devour human flesh. They're linked to darkness and, in certain tales, are followers of the goddess Kali.

2. Pishachas 

Poreskoro, a mythical creature in Bulgarian folklore, is a huge, menacing bird with iron beaks and sun-blocking wings. It's linked to solar eclipses and believed to bring bad luck.

3. Poreskoro 

Namazu, a giant catfish in Japanese myth, causes earthquakes. God Kashima restrains it with a massive stone, but when he relaxes, Namazu shakes the earth.

4. Namazu 

Cauchemar" means "nightmare" in French. In European folklore, it's a demonic horse causing sleep problems, linked to sleep paralysis. 

5. Cauchemar 

In Norse mythology, Nidhogg, a serpent, gnaws at Yggdrasil's roots, the World Tree. It symbolizes chaos and destruction, especially in the context of Ragnarok, the world's end.

6. Nidhogg 

In Scottish folklore, the Bean Nighe, a washerwoman by water, foretells death by washing the clothes of those about to die.

7. Bean Nighe 

In Malay folklore, the Langsuir is a female vampire. Legend says women who die in childbirth become Langsuir, appearing beautiful but revealing their true nature by feeding on infants' blood with long nails.

8. Langsuir 

While these mythological monsters are fascinating in stories and legends, it's undoubtedly a relief that they are not real!