Tag Archives: child eater

Yara-Ma-Ya-Who

(Image: itnet1, “The Yara-Ma-Ya-Who”) The Yara-Ma-Ya-Who is a monster in the Dreamtime legends of Australia. It is described as a small, red creature with a large stomach, wide jaws, and sticky tentacles. The Yara-Ma-Ya-Who uses its tentacles to suspend itself in the branches of a tree, waiting for someone to pass underneath. When an unsuspecting child comes […]

Grindylow

(Image: chip) Hailing from Yorkshire, England, the grindylow is vaguely humanoid with horribly long arms and fingers. Living in deep marshes, it waits for unwary children to wander by and pulls them into the water, drowning and eating them. It was sometimes a scaled, fishlike creature, but other times it had fur. The grindylow also sometimes preys […]

Rakshasi (Devil)

(Image: Upadhya, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/Cropped) Indian ogresses, or rakshasi, are cunning and strong, invulnerable to most attacks. With shapeshifting abilities, they often appear as beautiful women to trick unlucky men into marrying them. A rakshasi has an unquenchable thirst for blood and raw meat, leading to tricked husbands realizing that their wife is a […]

Wendigo

(Image: Melo) A Native American legend, the wendigo, windigo, or wiendigo has three distinct forms across multiple tribes. First, the wendigo is a lost hunter who ate human flesh during a hard winter and transformed into a monster in the tales of the Algonquin people. In the region of Ontario, Canada, it is an aquatic creature with the […]

Giant (European)

(Image: Perkins 155) The European giant is described as a humongous creature, from four to twenty times the height of a person (Rose 136-139). Unlike the giants of several other cultures, the European giant is most often portrayed as a menace to the people (Rose 138). It often eats precious livestock, stomps crops, and abducts citizens. […]

Wulgaru

(Image: itnet1, “The Wulgaru”) The wulgaru is an Australian monster. It is described as a large creature made of wood, straw, and stone, with large rocks for eyes and teeth. After being animated by a powerful magician, a wulgaru serves for a time, until it eventually rebels and kills its creator. Although it looks human from […]

Were-animal

(Image: Perkins 210). Were-creatures are any human who, either by their own will or someone else’s, become an animal on certain nights (Clarkson 202-206). Although the most commonly known in popular culture is the were-wolf, many other variations, such as the vicious were-dog of Papua New Guinea with a will of its own to kill and […]

Bunyip

(Image: Macfarlane) The Bunyip is a legend first conceived by the Native Australians. It is said to be a huge, black-haired, creature with long, clawed limbs. It lives in any stagnant, inland body of water, where it raises its young on the bodies of its victims. If these baby bunyips somehow come into the possession of humans, […]

Witch (Latin American)

(Image: Wick) Much like those of other continents, Latin American witches are women with a connection to great power and evil. Specifically, Latin American witches have a bond with the devil. They can shapeshift into animals, such as coyotes or birds of prey (Bierhorst 64-65), and often wield powerful magic against those who oppose them. […]

Baba Yaga

(Image: Bilibin) From a Russian folktale, the Baba Yaga is an old crone focused on taking the life force of those more beautiful than her. Often, a Baba Yaga has several magical servants ready to help her with this task, although she does not treat them well and they are quick to rebel if someone might […]

Great Flying Head

(Image: itnet1, “The Great Flying Head”) The Great Flying Head is a creature first told of by the Iroquois. According to legend, it is “four times as tall as the tallest man,” with gigantic wings growing from the sides of its head. Its mouth is full of fangs rather than teeth so that it can devour […]