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Also known as: Necors, Nykers, Water Wolves, Fuath, Fifel, Afanc, Nekkers, Nikkisen, River-Men, Water Trolls, Orc-Thyrs. There seem to be several different breeds of Water Ogre, some of which are entirely habitual to water and others who are amphibious and may also trek the land in search of victims. Nicky, Nicky Nye of the River Usk in Gwent, Wales (and possibly also encountered in Somerset, England) has also been rumoured to either snatch victims from small boats or to cause strong…

Cerberus - A guardian hound of the Greek Underworld and a faithful servant of Hades. Said to snarl and attack anyone foolish enough to try and escape the Underworld

Gwyn ap Nudd, the protective 'Hunter Warrior' god of the Welsh, whose name means “white son of Nudd” or in some interpretations “white son of night” (or mist) is commonly known as the king of the faeries, as well as the guardian god of the Celtic underworld Annwn.

Beyla, the Bee Goddess with influence over sweetness, wisdom and mead in Norse mythology.

The Phooka: At times the Phookas will also occupy themselves by robbery…

Nuribotoke / 塗仏 (an animated corpse with blackened flesh and dangling eyeballs) from the Hyakkai-Zukan, ca. 1737 by Sawaki Suushi. They are portrayed as similar in appearance to the Buddha but with largely bloated stomachs and occasionally having a catfish's tail. #japan #myth #youkai #world #gods

Drekavac- Slavic myth: a creature with a disproportionate head with the body of a fox and legs of a kangaroo. Sometimes with bird features. It was said to be the souls of unbaptized children. Their presence predicted cattle disease. They also had a horrifying yell.

Woodcut illustrations from ‘History of Monsters’, by Ulissi Aldrovandi (Aldrovandus) (1522-1605)

Church-Grims(Kegrims)are animal spirits that inhabit churches & burial grounds.It's been said,that as the oldest churches were being built,an animal was sacrificed & buried in the foundations.It's believed that its spirit would rise & protect the grounds from evil.Some church spirits are not invited/welcomed but are said to be Demons that assumed the guise of an animal.These Demons prove difficult to exorcise/remove. In Wales evil spirits take the form of horrendous black-skinned pigs.10-4