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

An undead in folklore of Gypsies, often bearing vampire-like qualities
Article by: KOT, linyok; 05-03-2010 / 08-30-2022 at 04:38
Visits: 25732; comments: 4, last — Nicolle, 05-08-2010 at 01:23
According to folk stories of northern and eastern Finland, mythical black fox whose tail twinkles fire
Article by: KOT; 07-04-2022 / 07-05-2022 at 10:09
Visits: 1663; without comments
One of the most obvious of the country nursery bogies from the Isle of Wight
Article by: KOT; 03-17-2015 / 07-01-2022 at 11:59
Visits: 7278; comments: 4, last — korg, 08-28-2017 at 02:30
According to folklore from Anglo-Scottish border, an industrious mine spirit, who worked as hard as any brownie, but, unlike a brownie, expected to be paid a working man's wages
Article by: korg; 01-14-2014 / 06-29-2022 at 08:29
Visits: 8110; comments: 2, last — korg, 01-15-2014 at 09:04
Famous demon woman from Japanese literature who has attained the maximum level of power, an example of a honnari hannya
Article by: Matthew Meyer (en), Алкэ (ru); 06-29-2022 / 06-29-2022 at 12:58
Visits: 1571; without comments
According to local legend near Mazyr in Gomel Region, Belarus, rusalka that looks like girl 11-12 years old with eyes the colour of muddy water
Article by: KOT; 09-11-2014 / 06-26-2022 at 11:20
Visits: 19903; comments: 1, last — korg, 05-24-2017 at 04:59

Latest Stuff

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Our site chronology

09-26-2022 — 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 Bestiary.us

22.09.2004 — new address is Bestiary.ru

22.03.2004 — we started the forum

07.03.2004 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" moved to Bestiary.com.ru

27.07.2003 — "Encyclopedia Of Mythical Creatures" first appeared online at x-zoo.narod.ru

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