folklore/mythology

Kappa – Japanese folklore

  Kappa (河童, “river-child”), alternatively called Kawatarō (川太郎, “river-boy”), Komahiki (“horse puller”), or Kawako (川子, “river-child”), are a yōkai (a class of supernatural monster) found in Japanese folklore, and also a cryptid. Their name comes from a mixture of the word “kawa” (river) and “wappo”, an inflection of “waraba” (child).  A… Read More ›

Sawney Bean, head of cannibal clan – folklore

Alexander “Sawney” Bean was the semi-mythical head of a 48-member clan in 15th- or 16th-century Scotland, reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people. Legend: According to The Newgate Calendar, Alexander Bean was born in East Lothian during the 1500s. His father was a ditch digger… Read More ›

Orang Minyak – folklore

The Orang Minyak is one of a number of Malay ghost myths. Orang Minyak literally means oily man in Malay. According to one legend, popularised in the 1956 film Sumpah Orang Minyak (The Curse of the Oily Man) directed by and starring P. Ramlee, the orang minyak was a… Read More ›

Krampus – Yuletide folklore creature

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and Hungary thought to punish children during the Yuletide season who had misbehaved, essentially the moral opposite of Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in… Read More ›

Kraken – folklore sea monsters

Kraken are legendary sea monsters of giant proportions said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to… Read More ›

Owlman of Mawnan – folklore

The Owlman, sometimes referred to as the Cornish Owlman, or the Owlman of Mawnan, is a purported cryptid that was supposedly sighted around mid-1976 in the village of Mawnan, Cornwall. The Owlman is sometimes compared to the Mothman, first seen in 1960’s America. Both, it must be said, straddle the… Read More ›