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5 Mythological Creatures that could destroy the world as we know it

Across the world, ancient cultures came up with monsters capable of toppling worlds and destroying gods. These mythological creatures were of amazing size and power, and trying to imagine them in today’s world is a little intimidating. Here are five mythological creatures that could do some serious damage to our twenty-first-century society:

1. Fenrir

Fenris

The ferocious giant wolf responsible for the end of the world in Norse Mythology. According to legend, he bit off Týr’s hand, and was imprisoned beneath the world, but will eventually break loose and wreck havoc throughout the known world. Norse mythology dictates that he will eventually kill Odin, the king god, and then be killed by Odin’s son Vidar. His wolf children, Sköll and Hati Hróòvitnisson, devour the sun and the moon. A wolf large and powerful enough to have babies that eat astral bodies, bite off a god’s hand, and then consume the king of gods ought to be able to handle modern civilization in a choice few mouthfuls. He’s one mythological creature that should not be trifled with.

2. Typhon

Typhon

With the fearsome reputation as the direst of monsters in Greek mythology, Typhon was the terror of the Olympian Pantheon. According to legend, he was of insane proportions – as tall as the stars, stretching from east to west. His lower half was enormous viper coils, and his whole body was covered in wings and dragon heads. His eyes could flash fire, and he sired sever other vicious mythological creatures, like Cerberus and the Sphinx. Typhon was ordered to destroy Zeus by his mother Gaia, as punishment for Zeus’ actions against the Titans. An epic battle raged between the gargantuan monster and the king of the gods, but eventually Zeus imprisoned Typhon beneath Mount Etna, a volcano that is still active in Sicily. If Typon were ever to “escape,” it pretty much stands to reason that most of humanity would be completely destroyed. A giant winged viper dragon? Come on. He probably eats fighter jets for breakfast.

3. Thunderbird

Thunderbird

Thunderbirds are prevalent throughout Native North American culture, from the Pacific Northwest, to the Great Plains, and down to the Southwest. Although there are distinctions in the number and their characteristics, every group believed that Thunderbird’s wings caused thunder when they flew, that their eyes shot lightening and that they could create storms and summon clouds. Depending on the story, Thunderbird could be one god-like entity, or an entire species of shape-shifting demi-gods that could take their feathers on and off like blankets. Regardless of the myth associated with them, nobody wanted to mess with Thunderbirds. A flock of thunderbirds could probably take down most of the United States, considering how dependant we are on electricity. And let’s not even start thinking about torrential rain and worldwide flooding.

4.  Jinshin-Mushi

Jinshin

These are legendary beetles from Japan that cause earthquakes. The myth states that their bodies generate sound waves that resonate at the perfect frequency, and make certain minerals collapse in seconds. In a country with as much geological upheaval as Japan, death by earthquake is a real fear. No bigger than a human fist, they are said to have ten spider legs, a dragon head and a scaly body. This myth was popularized around the earthquake of Edo (now Tokyo) in 1855, when thousands were killed, and tens of thousands of houses were destroyed. So imagine earthquake beetles living under all of North America, and imagine the kind of destruction that on a continent-wide scale. It would be tough times for planet earth.

5. The Leviathan

Leviathan

An enormous creature referred to in the Bible. It’s commonly agreed upon that The Leviathan is a mythological sea monster of gargantuan size and incredible power. Even before the Bible skyrocketed this serpent to mythological creature stardom, similar snakelike creatures already had a long history in Sumerian mythology. In particular, a monster named Lotan took part in an epic battle between gods, and is described in language akin to what the Bible uses. Just the sheer strength and size of this animal is enough to make any reader think: “If it got mad, we’d be in big trouble.” It could destroy small islands, port cities, and probably cause tsunamis that would wipe out coastline and cause massive earthquakes. Good luck surviving the wrath of the Leviathan, unless you live in the Himalayas. Then you MIGHT be ok.

We feel pretty secure in our modern ways, but in ancient belief systems, people actually thought that mythological creatures or deities were attacking them in the forms of storms, earthquakes or tsunamis. They attributed wrath or benevolence to natural occurrences that today we observe and prepare for with science. The distinctions between ancient and modern interpretation of events show just how drastically people’s ways of thinking have changed.

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9 Responses to 5 Mythological Creatures that could destroy the world as we know it

  1. Well, Leviathan is not a mythological creature, seeing as how the Bible is true, not mythology. Leviathan is nicely described as a very large, fire-breathing sea animal, probably not a serpent, a dinosaur of some sort. Since all we have is bones, we really have no way of knowing whether some breathed fire or not-after all, all those ‘myths’ of fire-breathers throughout almost all cultures, even some that had no known contact, had to have an origin somewhere, right? It came from people seeing them in person.

    • where is the bones of said existent leviathan. There are none because they didn’t exist. However there are bones of Dodo birds and dinosaurs.

    • the dinosars died then human came they NEVER existed at the same time

  2. What about Cthulhu? And LOLS at ukulelemike “Well, Leviathan is not a mythological creature, seeing as how the Bible is true, not mythology.” Oh? Well if the bible says there are giant monsters, then there must be LOL.

    • Leviathan was real Siggy. Do you mock natural history books that say there used to be a Dodo bird or a Stegosaurus? No, you prefer to mock the Bible to show everyone how smart and enlightened you are. The LOL is on you genius.

  3. The bible is true? Why? Prove it. Summon Jesus who said, “I will be with you all the days until the age to come”… Raise the dead for us. I dare you…LOL…

    I hear so many Xtians and Jews constantly trying to wiggle free from these arguments with the silliest emotional responses. Only selfish people attached to existence and material possessions would demand that there be a God who gives us more than what we’re already given.

    Everlasting life is already here in the form of progeny, yet so many selfish rude people demand life after death, instead of just accepting the agricultural cycle as designed….

  4. One more thing: I second Siggy’s post. If you want proof that the bible is not “true” just look at it’s major inconsistencies, for instance:

    Jesus said:

    Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
    Mat 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
    Mat 5:19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Mat 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

    Hmmmm…. do not think I came to destroy the law, not one iota, and do not think I came to bring “peace”… But Paul of Tarsus said:

    Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    Eph 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
    Eph 2:15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
    Eph 2:16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

    He came preaching peace, and he abolished the law…

    Which bible writer is correct, Matthew or Paul?

  5. wow, thank you so much for creating this page, and fenrir being first was an added bonus, because i was trying to remember what the wolf’s name was, and now that i do, i nearly shouted it out….

  6. Yah Andrew I would just like to say , you should really get some help if your going to critisize the man by the name Of Jesus , yah God’s son. Maybe you should look into a Christian church or counseling maybe? Because that is flat out rude. Llamadeus I agree. And FYI guys its Called having faith which means seeing without believing.