This week, we’re asked about our favorite mythical beast. Due to my aversion to animals, the word beast automatically makes me shudder. I’m really not familiar with many myths, other than some of the Greek and Roman gods. I looked online for a list mythical beasts, hoping to find one that I could tolerate, if it happened to make an appearance.
I found a list of mythical creatures on a website called Gods and Monsters and started scrolling. Many were creatures I’d never heard of, and most sounded worse than the animals I try to stay away from. Some were part human and part animal, which sounds creepy. The human-like creatures were either scary (banshees, Valkyries) or bothersome (leprechauns, pixies). I suppose fairies and sprites would be okay, but they wouldn’t be considered beasts.
I finally came upon one that didn’t scare me and didn’t make me shudder. Pegasus, the flying horse. Yes, he had a rather gory beginning, having sprung “from the blood of the gorgon Medusa as she was beheaded by the hero Persueus.” (retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Pegasus-Greek-mythology). And he came to a rather violent end. But as far as I know, he doesn’t represent darkness or evil, and is now residing in the sky as a constellation. And that seems like a good place to be. So for now, I’ll nominate him as my favorite mythical creature.
What about you?