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    Mythological dogs

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    • Dogs in religion

    • Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), which are mankind's first and most common domestic animals, have played a role in many religious traditions. Below entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Dogs had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico. Several ancient burial sites fo ... Read »


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    • Adlet

    • The Adlet (or Erqigdlet) are a race of creatures in the Inuit mythology of Greenland, as well as the Labrador and Hudson Bay coasts. While the word refers to inland native American tribes, it also denotes a tribe with dogs' legs and human bodies. The lower part of the body of the canine Adlet is like that of a dog and ... Read »


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    • Ahuizotl (creature)

    • The ahuizotl (from the Nahuatl āhuitzotl for "spiny aquatic thing") is a legendary creature in Aztec myth. The creature is described as dog-like, its waterproof fur often clumping up to create spikes (hence its name). The ahuizotl has hands capable of manipulation and an additional hand on its tail. The ahuizot ... Read »


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    • Amaguq

    • According to Inuit mythology Amaguq is a trickster and wolf god. See also; Amarok, the spirit of the wolf. ... Read »


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    • Aralez (mythology)

    • Aralezes (also Aralezner in plural; in Armenian: ) are dog-like creatures, or spirits, in Armenian cultural beliefs or in the Armenian mythology, who live in the sky, or on mount Massis (Mount Ararat), according to other imaginations. They were praised with Ara the Beautiful and Shamiram (Semiramis) in Old Armenia. Arm ... Read »


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    • Argos (dog)

    • Argos

      In Homer's Odyssey, Argos (/ˈɑːrɡɒs, -ɡəs/; Greek: Ἄργος) is Odysseus' faithful dog. After ten years fighting in Troy, followed by ten more years struggling to get home to Ithaca, Odysseus finally arrives at his homeland. In his absence, reckless suitors have taken over his house i ... Read »


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    • Axehandle hound

    • The Axehandle Hound (sometimes spelled as axhandle hound, ax-handle hound, or similar), is an American fearsome critter of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Overall, it resembles a dog with a roughly axe-like shape. It has a head shaped like an axe blade hence the name, complemented by a handle-shaped body atop short stubby leg ... Read »


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    • Azeban

    • Azeban is a lower-level trickster spirit in Abenaki mythology. The traditional homeland of the Abenaki is Wobanakik (Place of the Dawn), what is now called northern New England and southern Quebec. Azeban (also spelled Azban, Asban or Azaban) is a raccoon, the Abenaki trickster figure. Pronounced ah-zuh-bahn. Azeban do ... Read »


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    • Barghest

    • In Northern English folklore, the Barghest or Barguest is a mythical monstrous black dog with large teeth and claws, though in other cases the name can refer to a ghost or household elf, especially in Northumberland and Durham, such as the Cauld Lad of Hylton. "Ghost" in Northern England was pronounced "guest," an ... Read »


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    • Bhairava

    • Bhairava

      Bhairava (Sanskrit, "Terrible, Frightful") is a Hindu deity, a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus and Jains alike. He is worshiped throughout India and Nepal. Bhairava is the wandering form of Lord Shiva and they guard the cardinal p ... Read »


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    • Black dog (ghost)

    • A black dog is the name given to an entity found primarily in the folklore of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil or a hellhound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, and ... Read »


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    • Black dog ghosts in popular culture

    • The British legend of the ghostly black dog has appeared many times in popular culture. In the novel by Bram Stoker, when arriving at Whitby aboard the ship Demeter, Dracula takes the form of a big and ferocious dark dog. The barghest is part of Whitby folklore, and may well have been Stoker's inspiration. Also i ... Read »


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    • The Black Dog of Newgate

    • The Black Dog of Newgate

      The Black Dog of Newgate is a legend concerning the haunting of the former Newgate Prison of London, which was located next to the Old Bailey (The Central Criminal Court), close to St. Pauls Cathedral, in London, England. This account of a haunting based at the prison is an example of the English Black Dog category of ... Read »


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    • Black Shuck

    • Black Shuck, Old Shuck, Old Shock or simply Shuck is the name given to a ghostly black dog which is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. Accounts of the animal form part of the folklore of Norfolk, Suffolk, the Cambridgeshire fens and Essex. The name Shuck may derive from the Old English word scu ... Read »


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    • Bulgae

    • Bul-Gae (Korean: 불 개 fire dog), the mythical Fire Dogs in Korean mythology, are dog beasts from the kingdom of darkness that always chase the sun and moon, causing eclipses when they bite both the celestial bodies. In Korean mythology, the cosmological narratives and legends such as the "Isik, Wolsik" le ... Read »


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    • Cadejo

    • The cadejo (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈðexo]) is a supernatural character from Central American and southern Mexican folklore. There is a good white cadejo and an evil black cadejo. Both are spirits that appear at night to travelers: the white to protect them from harm during their journey, the black (sometime ... Read »


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    • Calygreyhound

    • The calygreyhound is a mythical creature, that appears on Medieval heraldry. The de Vere family, who were the Earls of Oxford, used the calygreyhound in their coat of arms in the 15th and 16th centuries. The calygreyhound may be unique to the de Veres, and unlike most heraldic monsters, it made no attempt to seem reali ... Read »


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    • Cavall

    • Cavall (Middle Welsh: cauall RBH & WBR; modernized: Cafall; pronunciation: /kaˈvaɬ/; Latin: Cabal, var. Caball (ms.K))) is the name of Arthur's dog, used in the hunt for the great boar, Twrch Trwyth (Latin: Troynt, Troit). Cavall was Arthur's "favourite dog", and during a stag hunt, he was customarily the last d ... Read »


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    • Cerberus

    • In Greek mythology, Cerberus (/ˈsɜːrbərəs/;Greek: Κέρβερος Kerberos [ˈkerberos]), often called the "hound of Hades", is the monstrous multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. Cerberus was the offspring of the monsters Echidna an ... Read »


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    • Chinese guardian lions

    • Chinese guardian lions

      Chinese guardian lions or Imperial guardian lions, traditionally known in Chinese simply as Shi (Chinese: 獅; pinyin: shÄ«; literally: "lion"), and often called "" in the West, are a common representation of the lion in imperial China. The concept which originated in China, subsequently spread to other parts of A ... Read »


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    • Church grim

    • The church grim, Kirk Grim, Kyrkogrim (Swedish) or Kirkonväki (Finnish) is a figure from English and Scandinavian folklore, said to be an attendant spirit, overseeing the welfare of its particular church. English church grims are said to enjoy loudly ringing the bells. They may appear as black dogs (even as other an ... Read »


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    • Cynocephaly

    • The characteristic of cynocephaly, /saɪnoʊˈsɛfəli/ having the head of a dog—or of a jackal—is a widely attested mythical phenomenon existing in many different forms and contexts. The word cynocephaly is taken (through Latin) from the Greek word κῠνοκέφᾰλο ... Read »


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    • Dabilla

    • In Celtic mythology, Dabilla is Boand's lapdog. Boand was the goddess of the River Boyne. According to local legend, the dog was dashed against two rocks in the sea on the east coast of Brega. ... Read »


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    • Dip (Catalan myth)

    • In Catalan myth, Dip (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈdip]) is an evil, black, hairy dog, an emissary of the Devil, who sucks people's blood. Like other figures associated with demons in Catalan myth, he is lame in one leg. Dip is pictured on the escutcheon of Pratdip. El gran libro de los vampiros by Angel Gordon, Mor ... Read »


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    • Dog (zodiac)

    • The Dog () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal. People born within these date ranges ca ... Read »


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    • Dog in Chinese mythology

    • Dogs are an important motif in Chinese mythology. These motifs include a particular dog which accompanies a hero, the dog as one of the twelve totem creatures for which years are named, a dog giving first provision of grain which allowed current agriculture, and claims of having a magical dog as an original ancestor in ... Read »


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    • Dog king

    • The Dog king is a Scandinavian tradition which appears in several Scandinavian sources: Chronicon Lethrense, Annals of Lund, Gesta Danorum (book 7), Heimskringla (Hákonar saga góða), Hversu Noregr byggðist and probably also in Skáldatal. The Chronicon Lethrense and Annals of Lund tell that on the death ... Read »


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    • Dogs in Mesoamerican folklore and myth

    • Dogs have occupied a powerful place in Mesoamerican folklore and myth since at least the Classic Period right through to modern times. A common belief across the Mesoamerican region is that a dog carries the newly deceased across a body of water in the afterlife. Dogs appear in underworld scenes painted on Maya pottery ... Read »


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    • Dormarch

    • Dormarch

      Dormarch or possibly Dormarth is a hound, normally used to assist hunters by tracking or chasing the animal that is being hunted, however in Welsh mythology Dormarch's master is Gwynn ap Nudd although formerly owned by Maelgwn Gwynedd, a 6th-century king of Gwynedd. As king of the Tylwyth Teg or fairy folk, Gwynn ap N ... Read »


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    • Failinis

    • Fáil Inis was a hound-whelp owned by Lugh Lámhfhada of the Tuatha Dé Danann in the Mythological Cycle of Irish literature. The hound was invincible in battle, caught every wild beast it encountered, and could magically change any running water it bathed in into wine. It was one of the prizes exacted from the c ... Read »


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    • Freybug

    • Freybug is a monstrous Black Dog from medieval English folklore, specifically from Norfolk. Like most supernatural black dogs, it was roughly the size of a calf, and wandered country roads terrifying travelers. The name "Freybug" is reportedly mentioned in an English manuscript from 1555. The name has been reused in F ... Read »


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    • Garmr

    • In Norse mythology, Garmr or Garm (Old Norse "rag") is a wolf or dog associated with both Hel and Ragnarök, and described as a blood-stained guardian of Hel's gate. The Poetic Edda poem Grímnismál mentions Garmr: One of the refrains of Völuspá uses Garmr's howling to herald the coming of Ragnarö ... Read »


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    • Gaueko

    • In Basque mythology, Gaueko is the spirit of the night. He does not allow humans to do certain works outside the house during the night. He especially punishes all those who try to show off as brave in the night, boasting of not fearing the darkness. He is considered to be a devil in some accounts, a jentil or gentilic ... Read »


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    • Gelert

    • Gelert is a legendary dog associated with the village of Beddgelert (whose name means "Gelert's Grave") in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. The story of Gelert is a variation on the well-worn "Faithful Hound" folk-tale motif, which lives on as an urban legend. It is classified as Aarne–Thompson type 178A. Here, the dog ... Read »


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    • Gwyllgi

    • The gwyllgi (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡwɪɬɡi]; compound noun of either gwyllt "wild" or gwyll "twilight" + ci "dog") is a mythical dog from Wales that appears as a frightful apparition of a mastiff or Black Wolf (similar to a Dire wolf) with baleful breath and blazing red eyes. It is often referred to ... Read »


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    • Gytrash

    • The Gytrash /É¡aɪˈtræʃ/, a legendary black dog known in northern England, was said to haunt lonely roads awaiting travelers. Appearing in the shape of horses, mules, or dogs, the Gytrash haunt solitary ways and lead people astray but they can also be benevolent, guiding lost travelers to the right road. T ... Read »


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    • Hecuba

    • Hecuba (/ˈhɛkjʊbə/; also Hecabe, Hécube; Ancient Greek: Ἑκάβη Hekábē, pronounced [hekábɛ͜ɛ]) was a queen in Greek mythology, the wife of King Priam of Troy during the Trojan War, with whom she had 19 children. These children included several major characters of Ho ... Read »


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    • Hellhound

    • A hellhound is a supernatural dog in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include mangled black fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and a foul odor. Certain ... Read »


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    • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    • The Hound of the Baskervilles

      The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murd ... Read »


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    • Hundings

    • The Hundings (Old English Hundingas, the "hound-clan") are a legendary tribe or clan in early Germanic sources, mostly mentioned due to their feud with the Wulfings (the "wolf-clan"). In the Poetic Edda, Hunding is a king of the Saxons, slain by Helgi Hundingsbane. The Gesta Danorum mentions a Danish king Helgo who sle ... Read »


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    • Husdent

    • Husdent (also Ho(u)dain, Houdenc) was a dog owned by Tristan, according to Béroul's Tristan and other versions of the Tristan and Iseult legend. ... Read »


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    • Inugami

    • Inugami (犬神?, lit. "dog god"), like kitsunetsuki, is a spiritual possession by the spirit of a dog, widely known about in western Japan. Until recent years, they were often seen in the eastern Ōita Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, and a part of Kōchi Prefecture in northern Shikoku, and it's also theorize ... Read »


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    • Keelut

    • In Inuit mythology, ‘Keelut’ also known as Ke'lets, Qiqion, or Qiqirn, is an evil chthonic spirit who resembles a hairless dog. It is said to feast upon the dead, and is sometimes seen as a of death. Having hair only on its feet, the tracks of the Keelut are said to disappear, giving those the creature stalk ... Read »


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    • Komainu

    • Komainu (狛犬?), often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. The first type, born during the Edo period, is called san ... Read »


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    • Laelaps (mythology)

    • Laelaps (pronounced /ˈli ˌlæps/) (Greek: Λαῖλαψ, gen.: Λαίλαπος) (Lelaps, Lalaps, Lailaps) was a Greek mythological dog who never failed to catch what she was hunting. In one version of Laelaps' origin, she was a gift from Zeus to Europa. The hound was passed down ... Read »


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    • List of legendary creatures from Japan

    • The following is a list of demons, ghosts, yōkai, obake, yÅ«rei, and other legendary creatures that are notable in Japanese folklore and mythology. ... Read »


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    • Luison

    • Luison, Luisõ or Lobison is the name of a monstrous creature from Guaraní mythology. Being one of the seven cursed children of Tau and Kerana, the Luison is one of the primary figures of legend in Guaraní-speaking cultures today, such as Paraguay. Of the original myths of the Guaraní people, the Luison is o ... Read »


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    • Maera (hound)

    • In Greek mythology, Maera was the hound of Erigone, daughter of Icarius of Athens. Icarius was a follower of the wine god Dionysus and had been taught how to make wine. While travelling, Icarius met some shepherds and gave them wine; they became intoxicated and believed Icarius had poisoned them, so they killed him. E ... Read »


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    • Mauthe Doog

    • The Moddey Dhoo /ˈmɔːðə ðoʊ/ (Manx Gaelic, meaning "black dog") is a phantom black hound in Manx folklore that reputedly haunted Peel Castle on the west coast of the Isle of Man. The Manx name Moddey Dhoo was transcribed as Mauthe Doog (/ˈmɔːðə doʊɡ/ by an influential 18th-Cent ... Read »


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    • Moddey Dhoo

    • The Moddey Dhoo /ˈmɔːðə ðoʊ/ (Manx Gaelic, meaning "black dog") is a phantom black hound in Manx folklore that reputedly haunted Peel Castle on the west coast of the Isle of Man. The Manx name Moddey Dhoo was transcribed as Mauthe Doog (/ˈmɔːðə doʊɡ/ by an influential 18th-Cent ... Read »


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    • Okuri-inu

    • The Okuri-inu (送り犬) (literally, 'escorting dog') is a kind of yōkai.There are stories of the okuri-inu from the Tōhoku region to Kyushu, but depending on the area it can be a wolf not a dog, and there are numerous differences in its behaviour. It is sometimes also called simply the 'yama-inu' (å± ... Read »


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    • Orthrus

    • In Greek mythology, Orthrus (Greek: Ὄρθρος, Orthros) or Orthus (Greek: Ὄρθος, Orthos) was, according to the mythographer Apollodorus, a two-headed dog who guarded Geryon's cattle and was killed by Heracles. He was the offspring of the monsters Echidna and Typhon, and the brother of ... Read »


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    • Oude Rode Ogen

    • Oude Rode Ogen or Old Red Eyes, otherwise known as The Beast of Flanders, is a Dutch bogeyman, ghost or monster whose tales and sightings began after a true series of events. The legend of Oude Rode Ogen began in the Flanders region of Belgium in the late 17th century after reports of children who went missing and ... Read »


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    • Panhu

    • Panhu (盤瓠 /pǎn hǔ/) is an important figure in Chinese mythology. "Chinese mythology" refers to those myths found in the historical geographic area of China, the geographic area of "China" being a concept which has evolved historically. The Panhu mythological complex includes myths in Chinese and also ot ... Read »


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    • Pesanta

    • In Catalan legend and popular culture, the Pesanta (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈzantə], Western Catalan: [peˈzanta]) is an enormous dog (or sometimes a cat) that goes into people's houses in the night and puts itself on their chests making it difficult for them to breathe and causing them the most horr ... Read »


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    • Psoglav

    • Psoglav (Serbian: Псоглави, literally doghead) is a demonic mythical creature in Serbian mythology; belief about it existed in parts of Bosnia and Montenegro. Psoglav was described as having a human body with horse legs, and dog's head with iron teeth and a single eye on the forehead. Psoglavs ... Read »


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    • Qiqirn

    • In Inuit mythology, Qiqirn is a large, bald dog spirit that terrifies the Inuit people. It is a frightening beast, but also skittish and foolish. Men and dogs run from it, and it runs from men and dogs. It has hair on its feet, ear, mouth and the tip of its tail. When people approach it, they suffer fits. One way to sc ... Read »


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    • Sarama

    • In Hindu mythology, Sarama (Sanskrit: सरमा, Saramā; Tamil: Carapai; Thai: Trichada; Malay: Marcu Dewi) is a mythological being referred to as the female dog of the gods, or Deva-shuni (देव-शुनी, devaśunÄ«). She first appears in one of Hinduism's earliest te ... Read »


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    • Scylla

    • In Greek mythology, Scylla (/ˈsɪlə/ SIL-ə; Greek: Σκύλλα, pronounced [skýl̚la], Skylla) was a monster that lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Charybdis. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow's range of each other—so close that ... Read »


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    • Set animal

    • In ancient Egyptian art, the Set animal, or sha, is the totemic animal of the god Set. Because Set was identified with the Greek Typhon, the animal is also commonly known as the Typhonian animal or Typhonic beast. Unlike other animals, Set is not easily identifiable in the modern animal world. Today, there is a genera ... Read »


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    • Shisa

    • Shisa (シーサー, ShÄ«sā?, Okinawan: shiisaa) is a traditional Ryukyuan decoration, often in pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. People place pairs of shisa on their rooftops or flanking the gates to their houses. Shisa are wards, believed to protect from som ... Read »


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    • Shug Monkey

    • The Shug Monkey is a mythical creature, in the folklore of Cambridgeshire, sharing the features of a dog and monkey, which reportedly haunted Slough Hill Lane which leads from the village of West Wratting to nearby Balsham. The creature, said to have the body of a jet-black shaggy sheepdog and the face of a monkey with ... Read »


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    • Shvan

    • Shvan, a Sanskrit word meaning a dog, finds repeated references in Vedic and later Hindu mythologies, and such references include the following: ... Read »


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    • Sirius

    • Sirius A / B

      Sirius (/ˈsɪri.əs/, a latinization of Greek Σείριος, Seirios, lit. "glowing" or "scorching") is a star system and the brightest star in the Earth's night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. The system has ... Read »


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    • Surma (Finnish mythology)

    • Surma is a character in the Finnish folklore of Kalevala. Surma is a terrible beast, embodies sudden, violent death and guards the gates of the Tuonela to prevent escape. It is often described as being a large dog with a snake-tail and can turn people into stone (with a stare). An often-used Finnish metaphor is surman ... Read »


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    • Teju Jagua

    • Teju Jagua (also spelled Teyú Yaguá) is the first son of Tau and Kerana and one of the seven legendary monsters of Guaraní mythology. Because of the curse placed upon Tau by Arasy for raping Kerana, Tau's descendants were forever cursed to a derformed and monstrous appearance. Thus, the pair's first son was ... Read »


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    • Tihar (festival)

    • Tihar (festival)

      Tihar (Nepali: ), also known as Deepawali and Yamapanchak, is a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and in the Indian states of Assam and Sikkim including in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is the festival of lights, as diyas are lit inside and outside the houses to make it illuminate at night. It i ... Read »


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    • Waheela

    • The waheela is a wolf-like cryptid reported from Nahanni Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It has also been reported in areas of Michigan and Alaska.Cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson thought that the waheela might represent a relict population of amphicyonids, prehistoric bear-dogs (but which he incorrectly r ... Read »


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    • Wild Hunt

    • The Wild Hunt is a European folk myth involving a ghostly or supernatural group of huntsmen passing in wild pursuit. The hunters may be either elves or fairies or the dead, and the leader of the hunt is often a named figure associated with Woden (or other reflections of the same god, such as Alemannic Wuodan in Wuotis ... Read »


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    • Xolotl

    • In Aztec mythology, Xolotl (Nahuatl pronunciation: [ˈʃolot͡ɬ]) was the god with associations to both lightning and death. He was associated with the sunset and would guard the Sun as it traveled through the underworld every night. Dogs were associated with Xolotl. This deity and a dog were believed to le ... Read »


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