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Hear-ye! Come one, come all! The Muse Of Mythology is pleased to present this comprehensive exploration of a dazzling array of all types of imagined beings, here called fantastic creatures!






the table of Fantastic creatures of the world

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The Gallery Of Fantastic Creatures

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about this feature

In this feature, The Muse Of Mythology invites you to explore a corner of the realm of the outlandish, bizarre, and grotesque—the realm of man's atavistic imagination—the world of fantastic creatures.

The creatures who inhabit Fantastic Creatures Of The World have been conceived from, in, and by past and present periods, cultures, mythologies, societies, histories, places, and media the world over.

The emphasis in this feature is definitely on creatures associated with the arts, which are among the richest sources of fantastic creatures.

The fantastic creatures in this feature are displayed in the form of a table containing scores of creatures. You won't be far amiss to think of each row of the table as a wild, exotic land of its own set apart from all the other lands and creatures. There a creature is free to roam and be itself within its own sphere. The table as a whole is a phantasmagoria of these exotic lands and creatures.

As you explore this world of imagined beings, prepare to be astounded (or just surprised) by what you see. You may conclude that some of these mythological creatures resemble each other to an unexpected degree. You may be in for insights that would delight and excite even an expert in mythology or a writer of myths.

about fantastic creatures

What is a fantastic creature?

  • A creature is an animal, especially a nonhuman.
  • A fantastic creature is a creature conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination.


the table of fantastic creatures of the world

The table of fantastic creatures is automated, searchable, sortable, and printable. These and other features will assist you to rapidly, easily, and conveniently search for, find, and arrange results. These features make it easier to make comparisons among creatures.

Columns in the table include:

  • Creature name.
  • Culture or society which gives rise to the creature.
  • Description—e.g., attributes, appearance, powers, characteristics, behavior.
  • Role in the arts—connections with the muses, word origins, literary references, depictions in works of fine art or music, film, and other arts, fields of human endeavor.
  • The Muse Of Mythology invites you to explore the table of Fantastic Creatures Of The World now: click here.


more about the table of fantastic creatures

  • A listing will contain no comment about a creature's imaginary status unless, after all the evidence is in, there is reason to believe that the creature may not be imaginary; then there will be a comment in the table to that effect. The imaginary status of a creature will be noted in the description of the creature.

  • Of course the Table does not exhaust this field. Literally thousands of imaginary creatures have been conceived by mankind. Creating an exhaustive table would be too daunting a task.

  • Every fantastic creature in the Table has had an important role in the arts. Most have appeared time and time again, not just in one artistic field but in many of them. The connections with the muses and the arts are not meant to do more than get you started.

the Gallery of fantastic creatures

Hurry, hurry! Come one, come all. See fantastic creatures. Stroll along the Gallery's halls and marvel at the pictures of creatures hanging from the walls. See images of some of the most fantastic creatures man has imagined. Explore the Muse Of Mythology's feature called Gallery of Fantastic Creatures.

Fantastic Creatures Of The World and the Gallery of Fantastic Creatures are two features offered by The Muse Of Mythology that complement and supplement each other:

  • Some of the creatures described in Fantastic Creatures Of The World are on display in the Gallery Of Fantastic Features. You can see what they look like there.
  • Some of the creatures on display in the Gallery are described in the Table Of Fantastic Creatures Of The World. You can learn more about them there.
  • Look at and admire the art work and creative imaginations of scores of visual artists from times long past to the present. Visit the feature called the Gallery Of Fantastic Creatures: click here.

the world of deities

Some mythological deities are fantastic creatures and some fantastic creatures are mythological deities.

If you're interested in fantastic creatures and the relationship between these two kinds of entities, you'll want to explore the pantheon of mythological gods at The Muse Of Mythology's feature called Welcome To The World Of Deities.

  • If you have not already explored the World Of Deities and want to do so now: click here.

Keep in mind that some gods are fantastic and some fantastic creatures are gods. If you visit one of these features you may want to visit the other and make comparisons. Explore the relationship between these two kinds of entities.

ETAF Recommends


1. In The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges, Borges compiles and describes over 100 fantastic beings from around the world and from many different cultures.

2. Fabulous Creatures and Other Magical Beings by Joel Levy is an amusing approach to hundreds of mythological and fabulous creatures.

3. The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic by John and Caitlin Matthews, offers over 600 pages of information about fantastic critters from many times and places.



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