10 Famous Mythical Birds From Different Cultures Of The World

During the ages, there has been a permanent presence of mythical birds in every mythology all over the world. They were either the protectors or against a human. Here are the most famous mythical birds from around the world.

1. Phoenix

Phoenix Bird facts

The most famous mythical bird all over the world. A bird that had the ability to reborn from his ashes. The famous historical Herodotus mentioned its ability to be reborn from his ashes which were coming by its own fire. Phoenix had the ability to be stronger and immortal after he was coming out of his own fire.

Associated with the sun, Phoenix obtains new life by arising. Besides the Greek mythology; some other mythologies around the world mentioned the presence of Phoenix such us the Egyptians whom they were calling it Bennu. The Chinese, the Jews and the Jews used to worship this beautiful creature.

2. Griffin

Griffin creature facts

Griffin was a creature that had the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. It is assumed that the combination of these animals wanted to create the most powerful creature; because lion is the king of the animals and eagle the king of the birds. Griffin’s name comes from the Greek word γρυπος; which means hooked.

There is a representation of the Griffin in the ancient Iranian and Egyptian art before 3000B.C.We can also Griffin appearing in Central Asia after the Bronze Age in the 4th century B.C. In nowadays we can find a griffin sculpture in Italy. It was first shown in Pisa and was the largest bronze Islamic sculpture known.

In 1100 it was placed in the roof of Pisa Cathedral and was replaced by a replica in 1832. The original is in Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Griffin was a protector from evil and and its claws had medicinal properties and restore sight to the blind. In legend; Griffins were mated to life and never tried to find a new mate if the other half died.

3. Garuda

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Garuda is a humanoid bird that appears both in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Garuda is also the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila and it is Indonesia’s national trademark. In Hinduism; Garuda is a Hindu divine. It is having a golden body of a strong man, white face, red wings and a crown on its head.It was first appeared in Hindu mythology, as the son of the sage Kashyap and his second wife

It was first appeared in Hindu mythology, as the son of the sage Kashyap and his second wife Vinata. In the great Hindu poem The Mahabharata, Vinita had a great rivalry with her older sister Kudru. After losing a wager to Kudru, she became her sister;s slave. To free his mother, Garuda decided to provide the Nagas with a divine nectar. Nagas were threatful snake-like beings and the kids of

To free his mother, Garuda decided to provide the Nagas with a divine nectar. Nagas were threatful snake-like beings and the kids of Kudru. Lord Vishnu was impressed with Garuda and decided to make him immortal too.Garuda as a return was used as a vehicle to carry Vishnu up on the sky.When he returned, he saved his mother from slavery and took the divine nectar before the Nagas could drink it.

4. Fenghuang

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They are mythological birds, in Eastern Asia, found in Chinese mythology and they are the reign of all birds. Their body is a combination of other birds,they have the head of a golden pheasant, the body of a mandarin duck, the tail of a peacock, the legs of a crane, the mouth of a parrot and the wings of a shallow. The Fenghuang has positive connotations. It is a symbol of grace and is also symbolizes the union of yin and yang.In can be used also as a Chinese decoration in weddings or royalty along with the dragon.

5. The Piasa Bird

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The Piasa Bird is a mythological creature painted by Native American on cliffs above the Mississippi River.The native American were living peacefully next to the river until the time Piasa Bird was shown.It was described in 1673 by the French missionary Jacques Market as a creature with the body of a cow the face of a human and a huge fish tail that could go around his body. Piasa Bird had red eyes and a strict appearance and it was the reason of their day and night fears.

The Piasa Bird is a mythological creature painted by Native American on cliffs above the Mississippi River.The native American were living peacefully next to the river until the time Piasa Bird was shown.It was described in 1673 by the French missionary Jacques Market as a creature with the body of a cow the face of a human and a huge fish tail that could go around his body. Piasa Bird had red eyes and a strict appearance and it was the reason of their day and night fears.

6. Sphinx

Greek Monsters

A mythical creature with a head of human; body of a lion and wings of a bird. According to the geek mythology everyone who could not answer its riddle; was killed and eaten by the Sphinx. Sphinx is also appeared in the drama of Oedipus.

Sphinx is also appeared in the drama of Oedipus. In Greek mythology, this creature refers to be a woman while in the Egyptian as a strong man. The name of Sphinx comes from the Greek word σφιγγω,which means I squeeze.

The most famous sphinx is The Great Sphinx of Giza, located next to the pyramids in Egypt. It is one of the Egypt emblems and it is shown in Egyptian stamps, coins and official documents. It is the tallest monolithic statue in the world and it is actually a tube.

7. Sirens

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Sirens were women creatures in Greek Mythology, a combination of a bird and a woman’s large head like mermaids. They were very dangerous. They were flying next to ships and they were singing with their beautiful voice while they were leading them on the rocky coast of their island. According to the Greek mythology when Odysseus and his sailors met the Sirens, they closed their ears in order not to listen to their esthetic songs and get killed eventually on the sharp rocks of their island.

8. Harpy

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Harpies,according to the Greek and Roman mythology were half human and half a bird.They were responsible for storms winds according to Homer.They were women,with ugly faces and they used to steal and eat the food of their victims.Hesiodus also was referring to them as beautiful women with long and beautiful hair.The meaning of the word Harpy is snatcher.They were vicious and violent and cruel.Writers listed the Harpies among the guardians of the underworld.

9. The Stymphalian Birds

12 Labors of Hercules

According to Greek mythology, in the residence of Arcadia, in the city of Stymphalia, there were some vicious birds living. The stymphalian birds were the pets of Artemis, the goddess of hunt.

They migrate to Arcadia in order to escape by a pack of wolves. They were birds with bronze sharp metallic feathers and they were poisonous too. They used to kill and eat their victims. They were defeated by Hercules in his sixth labour for Eyrystheus. Hercules made a big noise with something like castanets, the krotala, that goddess Athena gave it to him in oder to frighten the birds.

Then he shot lots of them with arrows tripped with poisonous blood. The stymphallian birds that were not killed by the arrows; left Arcadia and never came back. Hercules brought to Eyrystheus some of them as a proof of his success.

10. Alectryon

According to Greek mythology, Alectryon was a young man that was charged by Ares, the god was to stand as a guard while he was meeting his illegal love affair Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

One time Alectryon fell asleep and Helios, the sun, walked in on the couple. Ares, in order to punish him, transformed Alectryon to a rooster in order to announce the arrival of the sun, every single morning of his life by crowing. He would never forget that again.

Every mythology all over the world refers to creatures with a half human, half animal appearance, dragons and flying beings. No one will be sure to his or her existence but it is sure something exciting to know about!

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