Every part of the world has its own culture, folklore and mythology. In every
mythology, there are the unique creatures who are only half human, as
they hybridize with some animal to form a mystic creature, or because
they can change their form. There are some outstandingmythological creatures, formed by animals and human beings sharing bodies. Lets see which animals human beings have shared their body with, in mythology:
Some of the mythological creatures with the upper body of a human, and the
rest of the body of a goat are Faun, Pan, Satyr, Silenus and Devil.
Faun is a rustic Roman god/goddess of the forest, and is associated
with Pan, the Greek god of flocks and shepherds, as well as his
companions, the Satyrs. Silenus is the rustic god of the dance of the
wine-press, who is older than the Satyrs. Primarily from the Greek mythology,
Devil, the enemy of God and the personification of evil, and exists in
many religions and cultures. All these creatures have a human torso,
while waist downwards, they are goats. On the other hand, according to
Hindu culture, Daksha, the noble king and son of Lord Brahma, got his
replaced by a goats head after he was beheaded.
There are several mythological creatures that are half humans and half birds.
Harpies are female monsters in the Greek and Roman mythologies,
depicted as birds with the faces of women. Lilith is female demon,
existing in the Jewish mythology, are women with wings are bird legs. Sirens,
the Greek femme fatales, are described variously, as different
combinations of birds and women, with the later descriptions
emphasizing more on their humanization. The Russian counterpart of a
Siren is the Sirin, with Alkonost as its counterpart. All three have
unique singing abilities that can make the listener forget everything
else. In Russian folklore, Gamayun appears as a prophetic bird with a
womans head, and is very wise and knowledgeable. In the Southeast
Asian mythology, Kinnaras, the celestial musicians and eternal lovers
are creatures with a human upper-body and the body of a bird from waist
downwards. Karura is a Japanese Hindu-Buddhist mythological creature
with a human body and birds head, based on the Hindu mythological
creature, Garuda, which is a gigantic eagle with a human body. Egyptian
gods with birds heads are Montu, Horus, Seker and Ra.
Some mythological creatures are hybrids of human beings and fish. The most
classic example is the mermaid/merman who appear in cultures worldwide,
including Near Eastern, Asian and African cultures. The first
appearance of this creature goes back to Assyrian mythology that
depicts goddess Atargatis (Derceto) converting herself to a mermaid.
Triton, the Greek god who is the messenger of the sea, is represented
as a merman. They have a human upper body and a scaly fish tail. Other
mythological creatures of similar structure are Siyokoy, Sirena and
Dyesebel in Philippine mythology and Jengu (plural: Miengu) in the Sawa
traditions of Cameroon. Dagon, a half human and half fish, is the
Mesopotamian god of fertility, and appears in the Bible, as well.
Matsya is an avatar of Hindu god, Vishnu, depicted with a human torso
and a fish rear. Avatea, according to Cook Islands mythology, is a
lunar deity and the father of gods and men, and has the right half of a
human, and the left half of a fish. Ichthyocentaurs, in Greek
mythology, are a couple of sea-gods with the torso of a human, lower
front of a horse and the tail of a fish.
Snake, generally viewed as a vicious creature, has been seen to share body
with humans to form many a mythological creature. In Hindu mythology,
for instance, Ketu is the descending lunar node, and is depicted as an
Asura with the tail of a great snake. Echidna,
the Mother of All Monsters in Greek mythology, is a half nymph with a
beautiful human face and is half snake. Lamia, the mistress of the
Greek god, Zeus, is described to have a serpents tail below the waist
according to some accounts. In Chinese mythology, Nuwa and Fu Xi are
siblings, where Nuwa is the female counterpart and Fu Xi is the male,
and they have human-like bodies with serpentine tails, and Zhulong is a
giant red solar deity with a human face and a snake body. Kauket, who
is the female form of Kuk in Egyptian mythology, is a snake-headed
woman. The Greek mythological creatures, Gorgons, are three sisters,
Stheno, Euryale and Medusa, who are snake-haired humanoid monsters.
Hatuibwari is a Melanesian dragon with a human head, a serpentine body
and the wings of a bat. The cobra-headed Meretseger from Egypt is
There are many humanoids in the mythologies from around the world which are half humans and half horses. Centaurs are Greek mythological creatures with the body and legs of a horse and the
head, torso and arms of a human. The female counterpart is a
Centauride, which, in Philippine mythology, is presented as an
Anggitay. Another version of the Greek Centaurs are the Ipotanes that
also had the ears of a horse. The Greek Ichthyocentaurs have the upper
body of a man, the tail of a fish and the lower front of a horse. The
Islamic creature, Al-Buraq, the Hindu creature, Hayagriva, the
Horse-Face of Chinese mythology and the Tikbalang of Philippine
folklore are all humanoids with the heads of horses. Kinnara is
half-human and half-horse, according to the Buddhist and Hindu
mythologies in India.
Lion, the king of the jungle, has joined body with humans to form many astounding mythological creatures. Sphinx is a mythological creature of Greek, Egyptian and Asian origin, with the
head of a human and the body of a lion, occasionally depicted with
wings. Manticore is the Persian version of Sphinx. A Lamassu is an
Assyrian protective deity with the body of a lion, wings of an eagle
and head of a human. Mahes, the Egyptian god of war, and Sekhmet, the
Egyptian warrior goddess, are both animals with a human body and lions
head. Narasimha, an avatar of the Hindu god, Vishnu, is visualized with
a human torso and lower body, and the face and claws of a lion.
In many mythologies from around the world, dogs and humans have formed
humanoid mythological creatures. Some examples are the Chinese tree
spirit called Penghou with a human head and a dogs body, the
dog-headed Cynocephaly, the Japanese Tengu, and the Inuit Adlet with a
mans upper body and lower part of a dog.
Many mythological creatures are there, which are a cross of a bull and a
human. One version of the Assyrian Lamassu has a bulls body, humans
head and eagles wings. Minotaur is
a Greek creature with a human body and the head of a bull. Chi you, the
Chinese tyrant, is another example of a mythological creature with a
similar structural depiction. Some Puranas describe Nandi, the
gatekeeper in Hindu mythology, as a bull-faced creature with a human
There are several other animals that humans have shared bodies with, in myths
and mythologies, such as the elephant-headed Hindu god named Ganesha,
the humanoid monkey deity named Hanuman in Hinduism, fairies which are
humans with wings, and hundreds of others.
Another unique category of mythological humanoids is that of the
shape-shifters. There are several examples. Encantado is a Brazilian
folk creature often described as shape-shifting snakes, but, mostly
refers to dolphins that have the ability to transform to humans. On the
other hand, the werewolves appear in European folklore as humans who
can turn to wolves. There are also some other versions of werewolves,
such as werehyena, werecat, etc.
The world of myths, mythology, religion and folklores is exceptionally
astounding, and these creatures make it all the more breath-taking.
There are also several other mythic creatures that are non-humanoid,
and are hybrids of different animals, like the Pegasus, Griffith,