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 folk beliefs of Bicol people from Luzon island in the Philippines, a gigantic turtle-like but hairy sea monster
Article by: KOT; 11-29-2020 / 11-29-2020 at 08:40
Visits: 46; without comments
According to folk beliefs of Isneg people from Luzon island in the Philippines, a blood-sucking creature, the first vampire
Article by: KOT; 11-29-2020 / 11-29-2020 at 08:14
Visits: 45; without comments
According to Belarusian belief is a ghost wandering by night at cemetery and habitat limited by cemetery borders
Article by: KOT (by/ru/pl), linyok (en), Paweł Zych (pl); 05-16-2013 / 11-28-2020 at 01:08
Visits: 12199; comments: 4, last — korg, 08-28-2017 at 02:14
One of the most cruel and dreaded of the Icelandic illhveli, or "Evil Whales"
Article by: KOT (ru); 11-19-2020 / 11-24-2020 at 05:43
Visits: 465; without comments
According to Japanese folklore, large serpentine creatures with six legs, which live deep in mountain forests
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 11-22-2020 / 11-22-2020 at 07:50
Visits: 276; without comments
Vampiric bird-like human creatures from Philippine mythology
Article by: KOT; 11-27-2017 / 11-14-2020 at 06:16
Visits: 6210; without comments

Latest Stuff

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ИсточникA Pre-Columbian Bestiary: Fantastic Creatures of Indigenous Latin America — Penn State University Press, 2020 (1506) 120.11.2020
ПерсоналииСтаванс, Илан (Ilan Stavans) 020.11.2020
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ИсточникJón Guðmundsson and his natural history of Iceland by Halldór Hermannsson, — Islandica, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York, 1924 (1505) 019.11.2020
ПерсоналииХерманнссон, Халлдор (Halldór Hermannsson) 019.11.2020
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Our site chronology

11-30-2020 — 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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