New Bestiary, the encyclopedia of imaginary beings

New Bestiary

Welcome to New Bestiary, the encyclopedia of imaginary beings. The word ‘bestiary’ itself comes from Middle Ages. Bestiaries were compendiums of beasts many of which never really existed.

Today there are many modern bestiaries such as Jorge Luis Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings and many others. Our goal is to create online encyclopedia of ancient and modern imaginary beings based on reliable sources. The major part of New Bestiary is Russian only for the time being. The list of articles in English can be found here.

We are fully aware that such ultimate mission is impossible but we’re trying our best and welcome you to join our journey.

Map of imaginary beings

Map for bestiary tourists, indicating places where we can meet mythological creatures, or at least monuments to them :)

Recent articles

According to Japanese beliefs, a dark, shadowy yōkai which looks somewhat like a bald-headed Buddhist monk with long tongue, which penetrates into homes at night and suck the breath out of sleeping people
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 05-15-2019 / 05-15-2019 at 05:46
Visits: 99; without comments
According to Ainu folklore, a demon with black body, with very long ears and two saber-like teeth
Article by: KOT; 05-04-2019 / 05-04-2019 at 02:05
Visits: 145; without comments
A horned water serpent of Iroquois legend, lurking in the Great Lakes to capsize canoes and eat people
Article by: KOT; 05-04-2019 / 05-04-2019 at 12:02
Visits: 200; without comments
African snake so hot that even in winter it sheds, and also having gleaming back which has hypnotizing effect on its victim
Article by: korg, linyok; 08-20-2010 / 05-02-2019 at 09:04
Visits: 9720; comments: 2, last — Гость, 08-20-2010 at 06:21
According to Japanese beliefs, a yōkai with maiden body and head which resembles that of a hammerhead shark or a snail
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 05-01-2019 / 05-01-2019 at 11:18
Visits: 221; without comments
According to Chilean mythology, mountain amphibian with turtle-like shell, glows in the dark like a firefly
Article by: KOT; 04-30-2019 / 04-30-2019 at 12:07
Visits: 186; without comments

Latest Stuff

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ImageГиена-оборотень. Иллюстрация Виктора Гуерры KOT023.05.2019
ИсточникСомалийские народные сказки // Сказки и мифы народов Востока — М.: Главная редакция восточной литературы издательства "Наука", 1997 (1359) KOT023.05.2019
ПерсоналииКапчиц, Георгий Леонидович KOT023.05.2019
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Страница существаЧхарур KOT022.05.2019
Страница существаНдумакувили KOT022.05.2019
Страница существаНденгеи KOT022.05.2019
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ImageСлоненок. Иллюстрация В.Сутеева к сказке Р.Киплинга KOT022.05.2019
ImageЯмаваро. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT021.05.2019
ImageФутакути-онна. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT021.05.2019
ImageКидзё. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT021.05.2019
ImageБакэ-дзори. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT021.05.2019
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ImageКонгамато. Иллюстрация с сайта "A Book of Creatures" KOT020.05.2019
Запись в блогеДомашняя библиотека KOT10517.05.2019
ImageКаси. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT017.05.2019
ImageМорё. Иллюстрация Лукаса Перейры KOT017.05.2019
Страница существаСендушный KOT016.05.2019
ИсточникД.Н.Анучин "К истории ознакомления с Сибирью до Ермака": "О человецех незнаемых в восточной стране" // Древности: Труды Московского археологического общества, 1890. Т.14. — М., 1890 (1358) KOT016.05.2019
ПерсоналииАнучин, Дмитрий Николаевич KOT016.05.2019
ИсточникФольклор Русского Устья / Отв.ред. С.Н.Азбелев, Н.А.Мещерский — Л.: Наука, Ленинградское отд-ние, 1986 (1357) KOT016.05.2019

Our site chronology

05-23-2019 — Your appearance on the site

25.10.2012 — the new bestiary took its rightful place on the main domain

04.01.2008 — the first stone was laid in the construction of a new bestiary

07.11.2005 — new address is

22.09.2004 — new address is

22.03.2004 — we started the forum

07.03.2004 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" moved to

27.07.2003 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" first appeared online at

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