Flying High

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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 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?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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6 Responses to Flying High

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Glad you found that link… because I need to refresh my brain on the possible mythical critters before Thursday.
    And, gosh, I had no idea that the creation of Pegasus had such a bloody / gory origin.

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  2. Ah, you reminded me of one of my least favorites.I will amend my Friday post.
    I hardly consider Mythical Beast in the same vein as ‘animals’, which I like. Mythical beast, not so much.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure you know the difference. To me, a beast is a beast, whether it’s live or mythological. I’m not sure I’d want to meet Pegasus, but unless he touched me I wouldn’t cringe.


  3. Pegasus is a good choice. I am still trying to narrow down my choice for tomorrow’s post.


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